Balance In Motion: Neck Pain and Stress

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I S STRESS CAUS ING YOUR NECK PAIN?

INSIDE: • Is Stress Causing Your Neck Pain? • How Physical Therapy Can Help My Neck Pain • Patient Success Spotlight • New Equipment Introduction

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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. (continued inside)

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• How Physical Therapy Can Help My Neck Pain • Patient Success Spotlight • New Equipment Introduction • Exercise Essentials I S STRESS CAUS ING YOUR NECK PAIN?

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low, but constant, trapezius muscle activity. If your neck pain starts at the base of your shoulders, traveling upward, it may be stress related.

The more pressure they cause, the more discomfort you get. Let’s take a closer look at stress-related neck pain.

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.

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 —

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HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP MY NECK PAIN

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 two weeks, contact a professional. 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 after-care 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, and schedule an assessment. Even if your neck pain is caused by stress, it still needs attention. We’ll work side by side with your goals, creating the proactive, effective programs you need to achieve mobility once more.

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EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S Helps Neck Pain www.simpleset.net 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.

INGREDIENTS • 1 tbsp coconut oil • 2 cups chopped yellow/sweet onion • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger • 2 tbsp red curry paste • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, plus more if needed • ¼ cup raw almond butter or peanut butter • 3 cups diced peeled carrots • 3 cups diced peeled sweet potatoes • ½ tsp fine-grain sea salt THAI CARROT & SWEET POTATO SOUP In a large pot, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and sauté for 5-6 minutes until onion is translucent. Stir in curry paste. In a small bowl, whisk together some of the broth with almond butter until smooth. Add mixture to pot, along with carrots, sweet potatoes, salt, and remaining vegetable broth. Stir until combined. Bring soup to a low boil over medium- high heat and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes and carrots are fork-tender. Ladle soup carefully into a blender. You will likely have to do this in a couple of batches, depending on the size of your blender. Being careful to avoid hot steam from the lid, blend on low and slowly increase speed until soup is completely smooth.

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“ T H E A B S O L U T E B E S T ! ! ” “The absolute best physical therapist I have ever been to. Dr. Kim is amazing! I have seen him for my neck, back and shoulder and his manual therapy combined with medical massage and other techniques and therapies have made me feel about 20 years younger. When you are in your 50s and lazy and ar thritic... Dr. Kim motivates you through his practices to feel like you are 25 again. The ABSOLUTE best!! And I have seen PTs all over the world. I have lived in many places. Europe, Asia, and USA. Thank you Team Balance In Motion.” - Carolyn M. (New York, NY)

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