Life Doesn't Have To Be A Pain In The Neck

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Life Doesn’t Have To Be A Pain In The Neck “Get To The Root Of Your Neck PainWithoutMedication! ”

Having frequent headaches and neck pain can literally be a pain in the neck, make you less happy and less productive in life. Why do you have that pain in your neck? More often than not it is caused by a muscle or joint problem. Poor posture in the upper neck area can often contribute to headaches, migraines and neck pain. When you look in themirror do you notice that you have a forward head posture or does your head look a little shifted off to the side, not in alignment with your neck? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States, even though “there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.” You should choose physical therapy when: • The risks of opioid use outweigh the rewards. Potential side effects of opioids include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping opioid use. Because of these risks, “experts agreed that opioids should not be considered first-line or routine therapy for chronic pain,” the CDC guidelines state. Even in cases when evidence on the long-term benefits of non- opioid therapies is limited, “risks are much lower” with non-opioid treatment plans. (continued inside)

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