Life doesn't have to be a pain in the neck.

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Life doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck

Having frequent headaches and neck pain can literally be a pain in the neck, make you unhappy and less productive in life. Why do you have that pain in your neck? Often, it is caused by a muscle or joint problem. Poor posture in the upper neck area contributes to headaches, migraines and neck pain. When you look in the mirror do you notice that you have a forward head posture or does your head look a little shifted off to the side, not in alignment with your neck? This is a sign of underlying joint or muscle problems. Where Radiating Headaches Come From Different problems with the neck cause pain to be felt in different areas. For example, did you know that if the pain radiates to your forehead or behind the eyes, this can be from stiff joints at the top of your neck? In addition, poor joint movement in the neck causes stresses and strains on surroundingmuscles causing frequent aches and pains. Finding the Root of the Problem To narrow the source of the problem, it is important to find out if your pain worsens towards the end of the day or is first thing in the morning. Pain at the end of the day and a complaint of a “heavy head” feeling is an indicator of spinal muscle weakness and instability. The neck and shoulder muscles just can’t tolerate the weight of the head (about the weight of a bowling ball) with daily activities, tiring quickly and causing pain towards the end of the day. Rainier Family Physical Therapy increases your neck mobility, improves your posture, regains your muscle strength and teaches you how to maintain your neck health. If you are having headaches or neck pain, call us today to relieve your pain.

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