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SPRING INTO YOUR BEST LIFE IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN? EXCELLCARE P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y E XC E L L CAR E P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y

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SPRING INTO YOUR BEST LIFE IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN? EXCELLCARE P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y

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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.

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

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Neckpain, fortunately,canbealleviatedwithphysical 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. Ifyoudon’tseereliefwithin twoweeks,contactaprofessional.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 aftercare treatment is considered, custom-tailored neck exercises will assure your neck stays loose, limber and healthy. If you’re dealing with neck pain, you’re not alone. Call our office today, andscheduleanassessment.Even ifyourneckpain iscausedbystress, itstillneedsattention.We’llworksidebysidewithyourgoals,creating theproactive,effectiveprogramsyouneedtoachievemobilityoncemore. Sourceshttps://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-relieve-neck-pain-caused-stresshttps://www.everydayhealth. com/neck-pain/neck-pain-reduce-stress.aspx https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0027055/ https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000802.htmhttps://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ most-neck-pain-improves-with-self-care-time/ https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/ symptoms-causes/syc-20375581

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Healthy Recipe: Hot CauliflowerWings INGREDIENTS

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Relieves Neck Pain LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Sit in a chair with the hand on the side of the neck to be stretched beneath you. (Alternatively, you can grab under the chair.) Use your free hand to gently pull your nose down toward your armpit so as to give your neck an extra stretch. Hold for 5-10 seconds before relaxing the muscle for another 5-10 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times.

• 1 head of cauliflower • 3/4 cup chickpea flour • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk • 2 tsp garlic powder • 1 1/2 tsp paprika powder • 1 cup spicy BBQ sauce • 1 tsp sriracha sauce (optional) • 2 green onions, cut into rings • salt & black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS Heat the oven to 350 °F. Carefully cut cauliflower into bite-sized florets. In a large bowl, combine chickpea flour, the plant-based milk, garlic powder, paprika powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir until well combined. Dip florets into batter so they’re completely coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay cauliflower florets on baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 °F. Once baked, transfer the cooked cauliflower wings to a bowl. Combine the BBQ sauce with a teaspoon of sriracha sauce and pour it over the baked cauliflower wings. Evenly coat them from all sides by stirring them a few times. Put coated hot wings back on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake again for 20 minutes at 350 °F. Serve immediately and sprinkle with green onions. Serve with vegan aioli or vegan ranch sauce.

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SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: DRY NEEDLING WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING? Dry Needling involves inserting a tiny monofilament needle in a muscle or muscles in order to release shortened bands of muscles and decrease trigger point activity. This can help resolve pain and muscle tension, and will promote healing. This is not traditional Chinese Acupuncture, but is instead a medical treatment that relies on a medical diagnosis to be effective.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TREATMENT? Most patients report being sore after the procedure. The soreness is described as muscle soreness over the area treated and into the areas of referred symptoms. Typically, the soreness lasts between a few hours and two days. Recommendations vary depending on the amount of soreness you have and on the individual response to treatment, but may include applying heat or ice over the area, gentle stretches and modifications of activities. We also recommend drinking a lot of fluids/water to prevent any excessive amounts of soreness. Like any treatment, there are possible complications. While complications are rare in occurrence, they are real and must be considered prior to giving consent for treatment. Side effects to be expected after the treatment include: muscle soreness of the treated area, fatigue, slight dizziness although all of these are minimal.

Depending on your level of soreness, heat, ice, or gentle stretching is recommended after having the procedure done.

At Excellcare, Kristin Walsh, PT, is specialized in dry needling. She performs this service on a large variety of diagnoses and body parts. This technique can speed up the recovery process, and get patients back to what they love doing faster. Call (773) 779-1111 for an appointment to experience this unique treatment!

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“I chose Excellcare because of the friendly person on the other end of the phone when I called in August, 2019. The entire staff treats you as a person, not a number. You receive not only professional care, but one on one individual care. I went in having pain walking and getting up from a sitting position. I now walk, get out of my chair and can run some without pain. I came in as a patient and left the same day feeling as though I had known the staff for weeks. The staff is never too busy to answer all your questions. I would recommend Excellcare to anyone who needs physical therapy. Staff, you get all A’s from me!” -B.L. “The entire staff treats you as a person, not a number. ”

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