PTRehab_Neck Pain & Headaches

MARCH 2020 The Therapy Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body Helping You Get Back to Life

NECK PAIN & HEADACHES GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY What Causes Neck Pain? There are a large number of culprits that could be behind your experience of neck pain, including accidents, such as a car accident or a slip-and-fall accident, as well as sporting injuries. The reason why neck pain frequently becomes so severe is due to the fact that blood vessels have to pass through your neck to reach the head. What Can Neck Pain Lead to? • A spasm in the neck muscles could lead to constricted blood circulation, and therefore migraine headaches. Nearly twice as many women as men are affected by migraines.  • Pain in the neck can quickly develop into tingling or numbness in the hands, arms and fingers  since the neck is connected to the spinal column and therefore connected to the nervous system. • Radiating neck pain, when developed as a result of a pinched nerve, can result in severe headaches. The pinched nerve

can cause pain to radiate from the neck into the skull and can cause a disruption to typical nerve patterns. Working with a physical therapist can help you address pain caused by a pinched nerve, and therefore can reduce the severity of headaches that develop as a result of neck pain. Physical Therapy: The Best Way to Address Neck Pain The good news is that there is actually a lot that you can do to support the healthy operation of your neck, thereby reducing the severity or frequency of your neck pain and headaches. During physical therapy, your neck pain will be addressed holistically, taking into consideration the initial injury that may have caused the pain to develop, but also any other habits, movements or compensations that may be contributing to the discomfort. Physical therapy takes advantage of strategies like stretching and muscle training to reduce neck pain, and many of these strategies can be adopted in part at home or on the-go to help you address your neck pain when it is bothering you the most. For long-term relief for your neck pain and headaches, call Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today!

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