VERT Fitness. Neck Pain & Stress

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IS STRESS BEING A PAIN IN THE NECK? ALSO INSIDE

HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP YOUR NECK PAIN WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING • EXERCISE ESSENTIALS

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IS STRESS BEING A PAIN IN THE NECK?

Stress-induced neck pain isn’t rare. It also isn’t psychological. Many experts think stress-induced neck pain is caused by physical factors — low,butconstant,trapeziusmuscleactivity. Ifyourneckpainstartsat the base of your shoulders, traveling upward, it may be stress related. CAUSES OF STRESS-RELATED NECK PAIN While stress alone can trigger neck pain, a few factors can make it worse. Office environments tend to create neck pain problems — as they confine people to chairs, bad posture and little mobility. Driving often, too, can make your chances of stress-related neck pain higher. The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests contacting a professional if you’re experiencing neck pain. Even if it’s caused by stress, untreated neck pain might later reveal muscle spasms, arthritis, bulging discs or even narrowed spinal nerve openings. Sources

Does your neck hurt? Youmight be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. Asmuscletensiontightens, theback,shouldersandneckareaffected. Themorepressure theycause, themorediscomfortyouget.Let’s take a closer look at stress-related neck pain. STRESS-INDUCED NECK PAIN ISN’T RARE... MANY EXPERTS THINK STRESS-INDUCED NECK PAIN IS CAUSED BY PHYSICAL FACTORS IS MY NECK PAIN CAUSED BY STRESS? Pain worsened by keeping your head in one place — like when you’re driving, or using a computer — is neck pain. While neck pain has a slew of symptoms, its major symptoms are: • Muscle tightness and spasms • Headache • Decreased ability to move the head

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HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP YOUR NECK PAIN Neckpain, fortunately,canbealleviatedwithphysicaltherapy.Because neck pain is often caused by activity, different activity can cure it. Sometimes, this “activity” means “no activity.” Before you contact a professional, try reducing your neck movements. Sometimes, simply letting your neck muscles relax is enough. Ifyoudon’tseereliefwithintwoweeks,contactaprofessional.Physical therapists can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. Then, they can offer exercises that stress, flex and relax your neck muscles. In time, your neck will become more resilient — giving you the comfort you deserve. Where after-care treatment is considered, custom-tailored neck exercises will assure your neck stays loose, limber and healthy.

If you’re dealing with neck pain, you’re not alone. Call our office today, and schedule an assessment. Even if your neck pain is caused by stress, it still needs attention. We’ll work side by side with your goals, creating the proactive, effective programs you need to achieve mobility once more. If you are suffering from stress-induced neck pain or other pain, call yourphysical therapistatVertFitnessat 310.264.8385 (SantaMonica)or 818.344.8378 (Valley Location, or visit our website at vertcenters.com!

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STAF F SPOT L I GHT MARC HARA , MPT

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Marc Hara earned his Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from L.A.’s Mount Saint Mary’s college in 1999. Since that time he has both practiced as a clinician, specializing in orthopedics and geriatric care, and acted as the Physical Therapy Director for a prominent Los Angeles clinic. Over the past nine years Marc has developed an excellent reputation among his colleagues, as well as referring

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Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment. WE ’ RE HERE TO HE LP YOU ! Though many patients are prescribed or referred physical therapy by a physician, a licensed physical therapist can give evaluations without either! We accept most insurances and will verify benefits for you so that you can get started right away! Call us to schedule your evaluation today!

medical practitioners, as a dedicated and successful clinician who consistently sees excellent rehabilitation results for his patients. These results can be directly attributed to Marc’s overall philosophy of physical therapy which demands that each person be carefully evaluated and treated as an individual and that each patient’s personal circumstance, ability and ultimate rehabilitation goal be given attentive consideration.

EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S A SAFE EXERCISE TO RELIEVE NECK PAIN

Cervical Retractions Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.

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