Dresher PT: Getting to the Core of Back and Neck Pain

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While these may feel like two separate issues, it is fairly common for neck pain and back pain to be related. Fortunately, by strengthening your core, you can avoid and relieve the discomfort of back and/or neck pain. When your core is weak, it could add up to weakness in your neck and back. When your core is strong, your body is able to maintain better posture and avoid pressure on the neck and back areas. Neck Pain 101 There are a lot of reasons why neck pain may develop. Sudden incidents (such as a car accident or a slip-and-fall injury) and more chronic issues (such as regularly hunching over a desk at work or practicing poor posture) can all lead to neck pain. One of the biggest problems with neck pain is that it often triggers headaches, as the pain is so closely connected to the spine and nervous system. Furthermore, because this is such a sensitive area of the body, rehab activities may need to be progressed more slowly and conservatively. This is why working with a physical therapist to address neck pain is wise. A physical therapist can help treat neck pain by improving range of motion, using targeted soft tissue release techniques, and by improving strength. In many situations, neck pain can be treated by improving core strength. GETTING TO THE CORE OF YOUR BACK AND NECK PAIN INSIDE : • Core Strength & Back Pain • Have You Met Your Insurance Deductible? (continued from outside)

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Back Pain 101 Severe back pain impacts more than half of the population. Many of those who developed back pain as the result of an injury end up dealing with that pain chronically. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that once it develops, it affects so many of life's daily activities. Because of this, many people begin modifying their movements, causing their back to compensate for the injury by putting pressure on other muscles – eventually leading to even more back pain. For this reason, back pain can frequently become a Catch-22 — avoiding the things that hurt your back could actually lead you to develop more pain in the future. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to resolve your back pain issues. Physical therapy can address back pain by improving your range of motion, strengthening the muscles in the affected areas, improving soft tissue mobility, and educating you in proper postural and body mechanics principles. Working With A Physical Therapist To Improve Core Strength Can Significantly Reduce The Severity Of Your Pain. Call Us Today To Address Your Neck And Back Pain Once And For All!

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