PSM. Neck Pain & Stress

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. The U.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. HOW PHYSIOTHERAPY CAN HELP MY NECK PAIN Neck pain, fortunately, can be alleviated with Physiotherapy. 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.

Learn more by calling your physiotherapist, or schedule your appointment with us today!



• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach • 1/2 cup Plain Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt

• 20 medium

MICHAEL J. COOK Registered Massage Therapist DR. ELENA ZARIFIS BSc., ND Naturopathic Doctor

mushrooms • 1/4 cup chopped

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shallots, scallions or onion • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1/2 tsp soy sauce

Wash mushrooms and carefully remove stems without breaking the caps. Finely chop the stems. Combine shallots, garlic and vinegar in a small skillet or saucepan and cook for 1-2 min. Add chopped mushroom stems and soy sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 min, until the mushrooms soften and release their juices. Add spinach and cook, continuing to stir, until it is wilted and the liquid in the pan is absorbed. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes, then stir in yogurt. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Stuff the spinach filling into the mushroom caps. Place the mushrooms in a baking pan and bake for 20 min, until tender. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes for the filling to set before serving.

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