Fyzical: Neck Pain And Stress

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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. I S M Y N E C K PA I N CAU S E D BY S T R E S S ? 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 Fyzical Therapy Center, are: • Muscle tightness and spasms • Headache • 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.

IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN? (continued)

CAU S E S O F S T R E S S - R E L AT E D N E C K PA I N 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.

EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS T RY T H I S E X E RC I S E F OR NE CK PA I N R E L I E F

CERVICAL RETRACTION

Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.

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H OW P H YS I CA L T H E R A PY CA N H E L P 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. If you don’t see relief within twoweeks, contact a professional. Physical therapists can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. Then, they can offer exercises that stress, flex and relax your neck muscles. In time, your neckwill 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. If you’re dealingwith 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 sidewith your goals, creating the proactive, effective programs you need to achieve mobility once more.

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