FyzicalCentralIllinois: Neck Pain & Stress

JUNE, 2020

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JUNE, 2020


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. National Library of Medicine suggests contacting a professional 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.




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 therapists can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. 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. Sources https://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-relieve-neck-pain-caused- stress https://www.everydayhealth.com/neck-pain/neck-pain-reduce-stress.aspx https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0027055/ https://medlineplus. gov/ency/patientinstructions/000802.htm https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/ discussion/most-neck-pain-improves-with-self-care-time/ https://www.mayoclinic. org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20375581 MATTOON OFFICE | (217) 235-1245 SULLIVAN OFFICE | (217) 728-8100

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Exercises To Do At Home


I came in because of Vertigo - I was very dizzy. He gave me a treatment ‘the Epley movement’ and I got so

Stretches Neck

dizzy. When that left, I was so much better. After doing my exercises, I am fine – no dizziness. Now, I have passed all the tests and feel wonderful. I am so happy that I know someone can help me, and his name is Mr. Kruckeberg.” - Betty S.

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.


MEASURES WE’RE TAKING TO ENSURE YOUR SAFETY We hope that by providing this information, you can, if needed, make a clear decision to continue or start your care with us. For all of our safety we have the following protocols in place: • Patient screening upon entry of facility: Facemask and hand sanitation. • Daily Staff screening: All employees are screened for COVID-19 daily and wear a facemask at all times. • Health hygiene protocols: Hand washing before and after each patient interaction.


Sullivan office building is undergoing major renovation. The new landlord has started the project finally after having the one end of the building open all winter. And have things happened. The outside suite has been stripped to bare bones and a new support outer wall is up. This will soon be bricked to maintain the historic look. A new roof is on so no more leaks and we get a

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detail because my wife reads this and just the thought of snakes give her the creeps. Thank goodness for the little worries compared to what we have been going through. I sincerely hope this finds you and your family healthy and safe from the pandemic. I have chosen to keep working to help those that need services. Our hands are chapped and raw from the washing.

new furnace/air conditioning system. I am told the windows will be updated as will other inside things. I am sure it will look great when all is said and done but it is like all things, we “hurry up and wait.” The warmer weather is keeping the grass growing as well as the algae in my pond. I am getting more exercise physically removing some of the algae along with all the leaf muck from the bottom. The pond dye was working fair but rain dilutes it quickly. Guess it is time to get the pump working. Along with algae the critters are out. The frogs and their chorus make it all but a quiet evening. And our friends the snakes have warmed up and on the move. I have seen a few was well as the their old coat that they leave behind. I won’t go into more

The smell of disinfectant is distinctly in our nose for ever. Brenda is keeping our schedule such that we have minimal, if any, cross- over of patients so if you have concerns keep that in mind. Pray that science will help solve the puzzle of COVID 19 soon so we can all get back to normal.

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