Precision PT: Neck Pain and Stress

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Is Stress Causing Your Neck Pain? CAN IT BE TREATED?

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Is Stress Causing Your Neck Pain? CAN IT BE TREATED?

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 morepressuretheycause,themorediscomfortyouget.Let’stakeacloser 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 · Headache · Decreased ability to move the head Stress-inducedneckpain isn’trare. Italso isn’tpsychological.Manyexperts 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 triggerneck pain, a fewfactors canmake itworse. Office environments tend to create neck pain problems — as theyconfine 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 LibraryofMedicine 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.

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,theycanofferexercisesthatstress,flexandrelaxyourneckmuscles. 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. Ifyou’re dealingwith neck pain,you’re not alone. Call Precision Physical Therapy today, and schedule an assessment. Even if your neck pain is caused bystress, it still needs attention.We’llwork side bysidewithyour goals, creating the proactive, effective programs you need to achieve a full range of motion 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/

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posture, injuries, disc problems, arthritis, muscular stress and even prior surgeries, the wear and tear on this critical region of your body can prove too much, resulting in pain. It is also possible that you may develop a narrowing of the spinal canal itself. Since the spinal cord runs through the spine, a narrowing of the canal or where the nerves exit, can lead to a condition called spinal stenosis.There is much that can be done to treat neck pain and headaches. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience helping people with neck pain and headaches. By finding the root cause of your neck pain and headaches we can relieve your pain quickly, reduce the need for medication and get you back to the activities you enjoy. Discover how our team of specialists at Precision Physical Therapy can eliminate your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details! Visit precisionppt.com or call 502.479.2552 to schedule your appointment with Precision Physical Therapy today!

The neck can be a hidden and debilitating source of headaches. Very often neck pain and headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable time copingwith everydayactivities.According to the National Institute of Health Statistics neck pain and headaches are the second most common form of pain experienced byAmericans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Some headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck. There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. The discs between your bones (vertebrae) and joints in the upper neck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the forehead or behind the eyes are often referred pains stemming from problem areas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three vertebral levels of the neck handle almost 50% of the total motion of the entire neck. This means they absorb a lot of repetitive strain.These joints bear the main load of the weight of the head (about that of a bowling ball). With fatigue, poor

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Lacey received her doctorate in physicaltherapyfromtheUniversity of North Dakota in 2007. She joined the Precision Team in May of 2012. Her background involves manual therapy, orthopedics, sports rehabilitation and pediatrics. She has joined us at Precision Physical Therapy to help provide quality care. Lacey enjoys the outdoors, golfing, spending time with family and friends.

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Take your game to the next level by improving your speed, agility, and vertical jump by participating in our Sportsmetric program. This sports training program is designed to improve athletic performance as well as scientifically proven to reduce your risk for potential ACL tears and other significant knee injuries. Our goal is to keep you in the game and maximize your potential. In this program you will be trained by a licensed PTwith a Sportsmetric certification. This programwill provide video analysis of your jumping and athletic performance. This allows the athlete to see their strengths and weakness and improve their mechanics in a way that will reduced injuries and produce better performance in their sport. READY TO TAKE YOUR GAME TO THE NEXT L EVE L?

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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