PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR STRESS & TENSION HEADACHES HEALTH & WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
We are currently living through very strange and uncertain times. Between dealing with the threat of COVID-19 and learning how to cope with the lingering threat of wildfires in the region, it’s no surprise that many of us are feeling exhausted, worried, confused, or just plain stressed out. Most of us have had to drastically adjust the way we live, and we’ve had to maintain these changes for much longer than we expected to! Naturally, when a person has to make abrupt changes, stress and tension are almost a given. With these two issues comes something we all dread: stress-related headaches. Marketplace Physical Therapy & Wellness Center in California is happy to provide physical therapy services to patients in need of treatment from injuries and pain conditions, as well as those dealing with the physical effects of stress on their bodies. Contact our clinic today for more information and to set up an appointment.
HEALTH & WELLNESS NEWSLETTER
TIMES ARE DIFFICULT, MANAGING YOUR STRESS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE What is a tension headache? One of the most commonly experienced side effects of stress is tension headaches. These can be so debilitating to the point a person’s quality of life is negatively affected. Tension headaches occur when the neck and scalp muscles contract or become tense. They often appear as a result of high- stress levels, poor posture, neck or jaw problems, fatigue, or arthritis. It’s also possible to experience them when feeling anxious or depressed. You can start experiencing them at any age, although they’re the most common type of headache in adults and older teens. Although many headaches will dissipate on their own and don’t need medical intervention, if you’re experiencing severe headaches right now as a result of increased stress levels, it’s time to see a professional. How can physical therapy relieve pain from stress and tension headaches? Fortunately, through physical therapy, long term relief from stress and tension headaches is possible. A trained physical therapist can help you achieve immediate pain relief from this condition as well as any other pain conditions or ailments that may be contributing to your discomfort right now.
Although the end goal of physical therapy at Marketplace Physical Therapy & Wellness Center is pain relief, your physical therapist will also assist you in improving your posture, strength, muscle ability, and the way you move your neck. These adjustments will prevent you from continuing to experience debilitating pain from headaches. Your therapist may use many techniques and modalities to treat your tension headaches, including the following: • Soft tissue mobilization • Heat or ice therapy
• Cervical traction • Body mobilization • Strengthening exercises/stretches • Spine therapy • Breathing techniques
Call our office today for more information. There are many treatment options available to you here at Marketplace Physical Therapy & Wellness Center. Contact our office today and let our physical therapists help you gain the pain relief you deserve from stress-related headaches.
The Effects Of Stress On The Body Discover how stress affects your physical body negatively.
Exercises To Cope With Stress Discover how activity and mobility can combat stress.
Patient Success Story Discover what our patients have to say about their experience!
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PATIENT SUCCESS STORY
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EXERCISES TO COPE WITH STRESS
Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries. Try one or both of the exercises below! Discover how activity and mobility can combat any stress you may be experiencing.
UPPER TRAPEZIUS STRETCH Sit on your hand on the side to be stretched. Alternatively, you can grab under chair. Bring your chin to chest and look to opposite corner, angling your ear toward your armpit. To feel an increased stretch, use your opposite hand to guide your head further into the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds.
CORNER PECTORAL STRETCH Stand facing a corner with your arms on different walls. Lean into the corner until you feel a stretch across the front of your chest. Stand in a lunge to make sure you stay balanced. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat as needed.
FORWARD NECK TUCK Sit with good posture then place one hand behind your head and slowly pull your head in the direction of your armpit. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat on each side as needed.
PECTORAL WALL STRETCH Stand with one palm against the wall and your elbow bent. Slowly turn your torso away from the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 5 times on each arm.
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Physical or mental stresses may cause physical illness as well as mental or emotional problems. Here are parts of the body most affected by stress. THE EFFECTS OF STRESS ON THE BODY
HAIR High stress levels may cause excessive hair loss and some forms of baldness.
MOUTH Mouth ulcers and excessive dryness are often symptoms of stress.
BRAIN Stress triggers mental and emotional problems such as insomnia, headaches, personality changes, irritability, anxiety, and depression.
HEART Cardiovascular disease and hypertension are linked to accumulated stress.
MUSCLES Spasmodic pains in the neck and shoulders, musculoskeletal aches, lower back pain, and various minor muscular twitches and nervous tics are more noticeable under stress.
LUNGS High levels of mental or emotional stress adversely affects individuals with asthmatic conditions.
REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS Stress affects the reproductive system causing menstrual disorders and recurrent vaginal infections in women and impotence and premature ejaculation in men.
DIGESTIVE TRACT Stress can cause or aggravate diseases of digestive tract including gastrisis, stomach and duodenal ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon.
SKIN Some individuals react to stress with outbreaks of skin problems such as eczema and psoriasis.
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