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HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body

IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN?

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HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body

INSIDE: • Is Stress Causing Your Neck Pain? • Tips for Better Heart Health • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials

Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension head-ache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. As muscle tension tightens, the back, shoulders and neck are affected. The more pressure they cause, the more discomfort you get. Let’s take a closer look at stress-related neck pain. 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, reported by Mayo Clinic, are: · Muscle tightness and spasms · Headaches · Decreased ability to move the head Stress-induced neck pain isn’t rare. It also isn’t psychological. Many experts think stress-induced neck pain is caused by physical IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN?

factors — low, but constant, trapezius muscle activity. If your neck pain starts at 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.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND RELIEF FOR YOUR NECK PAIN CALL US TODAY AT 260-226-7329.

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HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP

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 therapistscan targetyourpain’ssourcebyexaminingyoursymptoms. Then, they can offer exercises that stretch, 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. Sources:https://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-relieve-neck-pain-caused-stresshttps://www. everydayhealth.com/neck-pain/neck-pain-reduce-stress.aspxhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pubmedhealth/PMHT0027055/https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000802.htm https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/most-neck-pain-improves-with-self-care-time/ https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20375581

Take charge of your neck pain by calling us at 260- 226-7329 or by visiting our website at www.coretherapyservices.com. We can help get your life back.

HEALTHY REC I PE ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH POMEGRANATE

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved • 2 tablespoons canola oil

• Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Put the Brussels sprouts in a medium roasting pan; toss with the canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until light golden brown and a knife inserted into the centers goes in without any resistance, about 45 minutes. Transfer the sprouts to a large bowl and add the pomegranate molasses, pomegranate seeds, hazelnuts, and lime and orange zests. Season with salt as needed.

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

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TIPS FOR BETTER HEART HEALTH

1. Aim for lucky number seven. Young and middle-age adults who slept 7 hours a night have less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who sleep 5 hours or less or those who sleep 9 hours or more.

Keep up with your physical therapy exercises to relieve pain and prevent further injuries. If your pain doesn’t subside, consult with your therapist about what other things might be causing pain. Call Core Physical Therapy for a complimentary injury consultation. We will guide you so you can get back to the activities you love. HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK? 1 2 3

2. Keep the pressure off. Get your blood pressure checked every 3-5 years if you’re 18-39. If you’re 40 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, check it every year.

3. Move more. To keep it simple, you can aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, being sedentary for the other 23 1/2 hours is really bad for your heart.

4. Slash saturated fats. To help your heart’s arteries, cut down on saturated fats, which are mainly found in meat and full-fat dairy products. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-fat options.

5. Find out if you have diabetes. Millions of people don’t know that they have this condition. That’s risky because over time, high blood sugar damages arteries and makes heart disease more likely.

EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S USE THIS EXERCISE TO RELIEVE NECK PAIN

ARE YOU IN PAIN? You may benefit from physical therapy if you suffer with:

SCAPULAR RETRACTION Stand tall, shoulders relaxed. Pull shoulder blades back and down. Don’t hunch your shoulders. Repeat 6 times.

• Shoulder Pain • Knee Pain • Problems Walking • Dizziness • Sports Injury

• Lower Back Pain • Arthritis • Sciatica

• Neck Pain • Headaches

We can get you out of pain and back to the things you love! CALL 260-226-7329

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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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