Richmond: Neck Pain & Stress

IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN? NEWSLETTER Health & Wellness Newsletter 646-820-5669

INSIDE: • Is Stress Causing Your Neck Pain? • Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe • How Physical Therapy Can Help Neck Pain




Health & Wellness Newsletter



Whether you have neck pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Richmond Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today at 646-820-5669!

Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension headache. 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 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. TheU.S.NationalLibraryofMedicinesuggestscontactingaprofessional 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.

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Neck pain, fortunately, can be alleviated with physical therapy. 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. If you don’t see relief within two weeks, contact a professional. 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.


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INGREDIENTS • 1 cup raw almonds • 3/4 cup raw cashews • 2/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds

• 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds • 2 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries, chopped • 2 tbsp vegan dark chocolate chips • sea salt for taste

DIRECTIONS Chop any large ingredients if necessary to make everything about the same size. Give the dried fruit a light sprinkle of sea salt before you mix it in (it sticks better), or sprinkle the whole mix with salt if you prefer. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Patient Success Spotlight


At Richmond PhysicalTherapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to go to Richmond Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

“I was back to my routine!” “Ifyouare insearchofa trustworthy,efficientandexperiencedPhysicalTherapist, I strongly recommend Madhurani Mahajan. She is very helpful, knowledgeable and her expertise is commendable. Last year I had severe pain in my neck, the right shoulder extending to my lower back. I had a lot of difficulty with even basic daily tasks. Having a young and super active toddler at home I certainly needed a quick recovery. Madhurani was extremely patient during my sessions andworkedaroundmyschedule toaccommodateme.She recommendedsimple exercises that were very effective and within a few therapy sessions I was back to my routine even with my intense workouts.Thank you very much Madhurani, I truly appreciate all the help!” - Dipti K.

Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.

CERVICAL RETRACTION (TOWEL) Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times. Stretches Neck



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