First Choice. Neck Pain & Headaches

JUNE 2019




Headaches have a bad habit of making their appearance at the most inconvenient times. The middle of the workday, early in the evening when you have hours of responsibilities ahead of you, or even first thing in the morning when you are trying to pay attention to your morning meeting — headaches don’t care how important the work ahead of you is. When they start, they are hard to stop. There are all sorts of reasons why headaches may develop. From environmental factors like weather changes and exposure to certain perfumes or other scents, to stress and allergies, headaches happen to thebest of us. However, therearesome headachesthatmaybeabitmorepredictablethanothers.Factors likeyourposture, the typeofmattressyousleepon, thepillowyouuse,oreven thedeskchairyousit in at work can all impact your risk for experiencing regular headaches because of the intricate network of nerves and muscles in your neck. When Neck Pain Leads to Headaches Themajorityof the time,neckpainstartsoutasaseeminglysmallconcern.Acrick inyourneckhereortheremaystarttodevelopmorefrequently,andbeforeyouknow it,yourexperienceofneckpain issomethingyouaredealingwithdaily. It isn’talways

the resultofsomething large.Whilebeing inacaraccidentorexperiencinganother sort of injury can definitely lead to chronic neck pain, the cause of the issue isn’t always as simple to identify. Sometimes it is a bad habit that you don’t really think twice about, like your habit of watchingTV as you fall asleep, keeping your neck at anoddangleasyourestfortheevening,ormaybeasaresultofyourpostureasyou typeatyourdeskeveryday,hunchedoverat theshoulderswithyourneckcatching the brunt of your slouch. Thesepoorhabitsarecommon,andmostofusconsiderthemtobeharmless.Sure, you know it isn’t great for you, but what is actually going to happen? It’s a lot easier toslouchasyoutype,andwhodoesn’twanttocatchafew late-night laughsasthey fallasleep?But the reality is that theseseemingly irrelevanthabitscouldbeputting undue stress on your neck, and if you aren’t careful, this could translate to regular and uncomfortable headaches that are difficult to get rid of.

For more information about overcoming neck pain, call 321-802-5814 to talk with your physical therapist!


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