Ascent PT. Getting To The Core Of Back & Neck Pain

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Back and neck pain are two of the most common issues that American adults experience,puttingahugephysicalandeconomicburdenonworkingAmericans by being both two of the leading needs for medical intervention and two of the most common causes people have to miss work. While these may feel like two separate issues, it issomewhatcommonthatneckpainandbackpainareactually related.Corestrengthcanhaveahuge impactonyouroverallhealthandwellness, and when your core is weak, it could add up to weakness in your neck and back. NECK PAIN 101 There are a lot of reasons why neck pain may develop, including everything from sudden incidents likeacaraccidentoraslip-and-fall injury,tomorechronic issues, such as regularly hunching over a desk at work or even practicing poor posture. One of the biggest problems with neck pain is that it often triggers headaches, as the pain is so closely connected to the spine and nervous system. What is more, addressing neck pain is sometimes difficult as there is so much potential tocausemoredamage to theneck.This iswhyworkingwithaphysical therapist to address neck pain is wise. A physical therapist can help treat neck pain by improvingrangeofmotion,usingtargetedmassagetechniques,andby improving

strengthasneeded.Forexample, inmanysituations,neckpaincanbe treatedby improving core strength. BACK PAIN 101 Severebackpain impactsmorethanhalfofthepopulation,andmanyofthosewith pain inthebackasaresultof injuryendupdealingwiththatpain longterm.Oneof thebiggestproblemswithbackpain is thatonce itdevelops, it isdifficult towork around it,andmanypeoplebeginmodifyingtheirmovementsasaresult,causing theirback tocompensate for the injurybyputtingpressureonothermuscles that eventually just leads tomorebackpain.  For thisreason,backpaincanfrequently become a Catch-22 — avoiding the things that hurt your back could actually lead you to develop more pain in the future. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to cut your back pain issues in half. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthen the muscles in your back and surrounding areas, and by using targeted massage to reduce tension. Inmanysituations,workingwithaphysicaltherapistto improvecorestrengthcan significantly reduce the severity of your back pain.

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