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Don’t Let Neck Pain Stress You Out!

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Don’t Let Neck Pain Stress You Out!

Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tenseup.Asmuscle tension tightens, theback,shouldersandneck 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 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. 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.

Call Johnson Physical Therapy at 970.564.0311 to schedule your appointment today!

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How Physical Therapy Can Help

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.

Cervical Traction CERVICAL TRACTION is a treatment used in physical therapy to help alleviate neck pain. Traction can be useful to treat degenerative disc disease (DDD), cervical radiculopathy, or tight muscles. Traction gently stretches and lengthen the neck, helping to create space in between the vertebrae alleviating the pressure on the affected disc and nerves. The prolonged stretch gives tight muscles adequate time to relax and restore a more normal position. If you’re suffering from neck pain, call Johnson Physical Therapy at 970.564.0311 today to see if Cervical Traction is right for you! 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. 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.

Call Johnson Physical Therapy at 970.564.0311 to schedule your appointment with a physical therapist today!

Exercise Essentials

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1 Manual therapy involves the mobilization or manipulation of the joints as well as the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, skin, and connective tissue). Manual therapy can be usedtoaddressthepainand/or lossofmotion that can be caused by a dysfunction within the neck and shoulders. It seeks to restore normal movement patterns, decrease tension in the muscles and restore optimal alignment of the spine and surrounding joints. 7 8 8 http://1sudoku.com

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