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IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN ?
Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress- related pain — also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. As muscle tension tightens, the back, shoulders and neck 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, reported by Mayo Clinic, 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 Boulet Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute today at 337-264-9856. Our physical therapists can help you find the source of your neck pain and guide you along the way to achieve greater health. Sources: spine-health.com/blog/how-relieve-neck-pain-caused-stress•everydayhealth. com/neck-pain/neck-pain-reduce-stress.aspx • ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/ PMHT0027055 • medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000802.htm • newsnetwork. mayoclinic.org/discussion/most-neck-pain-improves-with-self-care-time • mayoclinic. org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20375581
10 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS
1. Exercise 2. Get a Massage 3. Laugh More 4. Disconnect from Social Media 5. Deep Breathing
6. Eat Right 7. Get 8 Hours of Sleep
8. ReduceCaffeine andAlcohol Intake 9. Make Time for Family andHobbies 10. Take a Yoga Class
YOU CAN FIND RELIEF FOR YOUR NECK PAIN: CALL (337) 264-9856 TODAY!
SHELBY LABBE PT, DPT
TAYLOR FONTENOT PT, DPT
PATRICIA BOULET PT, CERT. DN
PHYSICAL THERAPY & NECK PAIN RELIEF Neck pain fortunately can be alleviated with physical therapy. Because neck pain is often caused by repetitive stress, poor posture, or activity, gaining some insight to changing activity and doing the right exercises is why it is important to seek advice from a physical therapist. Sometimes home remedies such as heat and ice fall short of relieving pain. Being able to relax the neck muscles is key in the recovery process. Your physical therapist at Boulet Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute can help pin point the source of your neck symptoms. Then, they can offer exercises that help correct postural load and strengthen the upper back which is often neglected. In time, these exercises will help to relax your neck muscles and your neck will become more tolerant of activity--giving you the comfort you deserve! A home exercise program designed by your physical therapist will help with after care and keep you moving and healthy. If you’re dealing with neck pain, you’re not alone. Call 337-264-9856 today or visit bouletptandwellness.com to learn more about how our therapists can help you. We’ll work side by side with your goals, creating the proactive, effective program you need to achieve mobility once more.
MEET OUR TEAM: CANDY BENOI T FRONT DESK COORDINATOR
I was born and raised in Crowley, LA. After graduating from LSU with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, I started in the health and wellness field and developed a passion for it. My favorite part of this job is the interaction with our patients. I love watching their progress. To see a patient walk in the door hurting and miserable, and then walk out smiling and laughing just makes me so proud to work in this field. I aman avid football and baseball fan which means in my spare time you can find me at Tiger Stadium, Alex Box Stadium or
Minute Maid Park supporting my beloved LSU Tigers and Houston Astros. I also like to travel, especially to SEC road games! After living away from Southwest Louisiana for an extended period of time, I am glad to be back home and embracing all that Lafayette has to offer. Education: • LouisianaStateUniversity:Bachelor’sdegree in Business Administration
BACK PAIN & SCIATICA WORKSHOP If you or someone you know is experiencing lower back painor legpain,and ishaving troublesittingorstanding for long periods of time, then this is the event you don’t want to miss! Come learn what successful natural treatment methods look like without the use of drugs, injections, or surgery. The workshop is FREE to all that attend.Seating is limited,socall toreserveyourchairat (337)264-9856.Only20spotsavailableforthisworkshop. Next Back Pain&Sciatica Workshop: OCT 15, 6PM
• Muscle Energy Techniques • Myofascial Release • Postural Re-Education/ Training • Therapeutic Exercise
• Cupping • Dry Needling • Electrical Stimulation • Ergonomic Training • IASTM • Joint Mobilization • Kinesio Taping • Laser Therapy • Manual Therapy
Upcoming Workshops: RTC & Shoulder Pain – SEPT 17 Back Pain & Sciatica – OCT 15 RTC & Shoulder Pain – NOV 19 RTC & Shoulder Pain – DEC 10
• Ultrasound • Vestibular Therapy
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WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING
Keep up with your physical therapy exercises to relieve pain and prevent further injuries. If your pain doesn’t subside, consult with your therapist about what other things might be causing pain. HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK?
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Thank goodness for Facebook. I saw a low back, sciatica
presentationgivenbyPatBoulet, inviting people to come to a free seminar. After viewing the presentation, I made the decision to come, and I never looked back. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and are always willing to do what it takes to make you have a good experience. Thank you, Boulet Physical Therapy, for getting me back on my feet.” - A.
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complimentary injury consultation. We will guide you so you can get back to the activities you love.
EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S USE THIS EXERCISE TO RELIEVE NECK PAIN
TOP 5 BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL THERAPY 1. Treatments have little-to-no side effects. 2. Pain is treated at the source for long- term relief. 3. Stretches and exercises are prescribed specific to each patient’s individual needs and recovery process. 4. Physical therapy is supported by credible, medical-based research. 5. Physical activity and movement are improved. Physical therapy is a natural, safe, and non- invasive way to treat chronic pain. To learn more about how physical therapy can help you find relief, without the need for dangerous pain- management drugs, contact us.
Cervical Retraction Stand with your back against a wall and with a rolled up towel behind your neck. Keep your eyes fixed ahead and your head upright. Tuck your chin like you are nodding “yes.” Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 10 times.
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