N E W S L E T T E R R E S T O R E . M A I N T A I N . E N H A N C E . SEPTEMBER 2019
IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN? YOU CAN FIND RELIEF, TODAY!
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IS STRESS THE CAUSE OF YOUR NECK PAIN? FIND THE RELIEF YOU NEED, TODAY!
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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, poor workstation design, 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 like a physical therapist 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. Call us today at our nearest location (San Anselmo: 415-457-4454, Novato: 415-898-1311) or visit www.sstmarin.com. Our physical therapists help you find the source of your neck pain and guide you along the way to achieve better health.
Does your neck hurt? You may be suffering from stress-related pain, or myofascial pain. 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 when you are using your phone or 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 factors — low, but constant, neck and shoulder muscle activity. If your neck
PHYSICAL THERAPY & NECK PAIN RELIEF
M A I N T A I N EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS TRY THESE EXERCISES TO KEEP YOU MOVING Ifyou’redealingwithneckpain,you’renotalone.Calloneofourclinics 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. Sitting Chest Stretch Sit in a chair, keeping good posture. Raise your arms up with your elbows in front of you, and lock your hands together behind your head. From this position, push your elbows out to each side as far as you can go while keeping your hands locked. You should feel a nice stretch in your chest. Repeat 6 times. 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.
For more information about how Sport and Spine Therapy of Marin can help you find relief from your neck pain, call us (San Anselmo: 415-457-4454, Novato: 415-898-1311) or visit our website at www.sstmarin.com.
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DOWN 1. The property of being bent or shaped 2. A break of a bone 3. A common injury for tendons 4. Amusclegroupon the backof the thigh thatcan bend 6. What is one reason why you might go to the physical therapist? ACROSS 5. Quality of moving freely 7 . Disruption of a joint 8. Something insideyour leg that iseasilysprained or broken 9. An involuntary / automatic response to a stimulus
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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
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JOANNE ZEIDAN ,DPT STAFF SPOTLIGHT
MYOFASCIAL DECOMPRESSION SERVICE SPOTLIGHT
After completing my Bachelors of Science inKinesiologyatUniversityof San Francisco, I went on to complete Universityof thePacific’saccelerated Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program. Ireturned toMarinCounty, the beautiful community that I was born and raised in. As a native, I love the ideaofgivingbacktoacommunity thathasprovidedmewithsomeofthe
MyofascialDecompression (orCupTherapy) isaformofmyofascial releasewhereaphysical therapistplacesacup,orseriesofcups, onoraroundabodypart thatneedsattentiondue toan injury.The physical therapist then uses a pump to create the suction within the cup to create a decompression of the superficial tissue from the underlying tissue. The effect is to increase blood flow and improve tissue mobility, as well as to help with relaxation, pain, and inflammation. Some think of it as a deep-tissue massage. Physicaltherapistsmaysometimesusecuptherapyasatechnique of tissuedistractionrelease.Thecupsareglidedacrossdifferent areas to lift and separate tissue. It enhances the release of the interfaces between the neural tissues, fascia, skin, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Some patients report resolution of pain after just one session. There is also some evidence to suggest that cup therapy techniques are effective for chronic neck pain, low back pain and fibromyalgia. It has also been shown to relax muscles,release triggerpoints, improve lymphatic flow, increase local circulation and release scar tissue adhesion. Other Benefits of Myofascial Decompression (Cup Therapy):
experiences that have shaped who I am today. As a physical therapist, I truly value improving the health and wellbeingofapersonholistically,rather than just the injury itself. I am a firm advocate that movement is key to the way we live our lives, and I am dedicated to helping individuals participate in the activities that they love most. I particularly enjoy assisting the female adolescent athletic population with injury prevention, athletic performance, and personal development. Outside of the clinic, you may find me wandering one of Marin’s many hiking trails, at the gym, or with my very lively family. At Sport and Spine Therapy of Marin, we value our patients and are dedicated to providing the highest quality of physical therapy services as we treat the whole patient, not just the specific injury. Schedule an appointment today by giving us a call! San Anselmo: 415-457-4454 | Novato: 415-898-1311
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Inoureraofconstantlybeingonsmartphones, tablets, and computers, we often put our necks and backs in positions of prolonged stress. Over time, the weight added to our necks contributes to increased strain to our vertebrae, disc, and muscles supporting the spine. Text Neck or Tech Neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long. Ofcourse, thispostureofbendingyourneck to look down does not occur only when texting. For years, we’ve all looked down to read.
The problem with texting is that it adds one more activity that causes us to look down— and people tend to do it for much longer periods. It is especially concerning because young, growing children could possibly cause permanent damage to their cervical spines that could lead to lifelong neck pain. We often see patients who have suffered from back and neck pain for years who could have been treated very easily when the pain started with simple postural corrections and stretches. Ifyouhavebeensuffering fromback or neck pain, come see one of our physical therapists for an Ergonomic Assessment to discover what is contributing to your pain.
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