VCM PT. Life Doesn't Have To Be A Pain In The Neck

Life Doesn’t Have To Be A Pain In The Neck

Headandneckpain isnot the typeofpain thatyoucanpush through and deal with for too long. For one thing, chronic pain in the head or neck is often associated with some sort of chronic health concern — one that you need to deal with, not ignore. Secondly, when you are dealing with constant pain in your head or neck, it becomes difficult to concentrate. This can have a negative effect on your personal relationships, your career, and more. The most common cause of neck or head pain is a muscle or joint problem. Working with the VCM team can help you to identify the cause of the trouble and begin taking steps to correct the issue, allowing you to find relief from the pain without having to commit to long-term pain management — which often includes the use of pain medications thatarepotentiallyharmful toyourhealthandnot likely to work as well over time. Unlike pain medications that become less helpful the longer they are used, therapy provides long-term relief from pain by correcting the joint or muscle concern with targeted therapies likeflexibilityexercises,musclestrengthening techniques, and guided stretches that target core joints and muscles. Ofcourse,notallneckorheadpain is thesame,sounderstanding the basicsofwhatyouaredealingwith is thefirststep toachievingrelief. Head Pain 101 Therearea lotofdifferenttypesofheadachesthatyoumayexperience, and each can be caused by its own different reason. For example, migraines can be caused by environmental factors, food allergies or

even as a result of stress. There are headaches that can develop due to sinus pain and headaches that will develop when you are dehydrated. There are also headaches that will develop when you are exposed too long to loud noises. There is no singular fix for each of these different types of headaches, which is why attempting to treat every headache you experience with the same medication frequently doesn’t work. Oneof themostcommoncausesofheadaches thatareeasily treatable with physical therapy is radiating headaches, which are caused by stress in the joints and muscles of the neck. This causes pain to radiate from the topof theneck into thehead,especiallysurrounding the ears. There are a lot of reasons why radiating headaches could develop, including as a result of lack of movement and stiffness in the neck. This buildup of irritation can be treated with regular physical therapy,especially through theuseofmassageandflexibility exercises that target the muscles in the neck.

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