FyzicalNewOrleans: Neck Pain & Stress

Health & Wellness Newsletter

2020

N E W S L E T T E R

IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN?

Does your neck hurt? Youmight be suffering from stress-related pain —also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. Asmuscletensiontightens,theback,shouldersandneckareaffected. 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? Painworsenedbykeepingyour 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,butconstant,trapeziusmuscleactivity. Ifyourneckpainstartsat the base of your shoulders, traveling upward, it may be stressrelated.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests contacting a professional if you’re experiencing neck pain. Even if it’s caused by stress,untreatedneckpainmight laterrevealmusclespasms,arthritis, bulging discs or even narrowed spinal nerve openings. 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. Sources: https://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-relieve-neck-pain-caused-stress https://www.everydayhealth.com/neck-pain/neck-pain-reduce-stress.aspx https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0027055/ https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000802.htm https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/most-neck-pain-improves-with- self-care-time/ https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms-causes/syc- 20375581

Many experts think stress-induced neck pain is caused by physical factors...

Causes of Stress-Related Neck Pain. While stress alone can trigger neck pain, a few factors canmake it worse. Office environments tend tocreateneckpainproblems—astheyconfinepeopletochairs,bad posture and littlemobility. Driving often, too, canmake your chances of stress-related neck pain higher.

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