NY Physical Therapy & Wellness: Neck Pain and Stress

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I S STRESS CAUS ING YOUR NECK PA IN?

JULY 2020

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.

I N S I D E IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN? FOCUS ON NECK PAIN TO RELIEVE HEADACHES STAFF SPOTLIGHT

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IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN?

INSIDE: JULY 2020 (Continued from outside) 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:

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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. 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 activities 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 us. We can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. Then, we can offer exercises that stress, 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 us 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 a full range of motion once more.

· Muscle tightness and spasms

· Headache

· 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, 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.

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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FOCUS ON NECK PAIN TO RELIEVE HEADACHES

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 coping with everyday activities. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics neck pain and headaches are the second most common form of pain experienced by Americans, 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 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 we can help eliminate your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details!

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T RY T H I S E X E RC I S E F OR NE CK PA I N R E L I E F

Exercises copyright of

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.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

HELPING YOU FEEL BETTER V IRTUALLY! In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has caused limitations in access to needed physical therapy care, we as medical professionals are diligently trying to serve you in the best ways possible without risking the spread of this disease. In times like these, with increased stress, pain, and limitations in movement, can make life miserable. However, just because you can’t get out to physical therapy, doesn’t mean that we can’t come to you, right through your own computer or mobile device! Telehealth is a tool we are using at our clinic to get you the physical therapy you need, so you can feel better during these uncertain times. With Telehealth, everything you need from your physical therapist can be conducted from the comfort of your own home via your smartphone or computer.

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Have a question you need to ask your physical therapist? Looking for advice about your current condition? Want to track the progress you’ve been making? Telehealth makes all of this possible for you, while still ensuring that you are safely distancing at home! With our Telehealth services, we are able to treat any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing. For more information on our Telehealth services and how they will benefit you, feel free to call us and schedule a Telehealth appointment with our website chatbot OR go to our Telehealth appointment page link to schedule your virtual appointment!

We are now able to offer you a way to continue the benefits of your physical therapy treatment, in the comfort of your own home with cutting- edge Telehealth services. You may be wondering what exactly Telehealth is. Essentially, it is a way for your therapist to evaluate your movement, discuss your symptoms and progression, and work with you one on one, with functional movement exercises to relieve pain, and improve your ability to move pain-free, all from a remote location.

The physical therapists at NY Physical Therapy & Wellness are so committed to your recovery that we will come to you if needed. If you’re housebound due to pain, immobility, or travel difficulties, you’ll want to find out more about NYPT Home PT, our in-home physical therapy services.

“I have gone to several other PT facilities in the area over the years. This one is the best by far. In the larger facilities, the therapists hardly spend time with the patients. NY Physical Therapy & Wellness in Smithtown is a smaller place that offers patients more personal care and time. So far, I have been very satisfied with their services.” - E.F. PAT I E N T S U C C E S S S P OT L I GH T

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Eric Sampson PT, Cert, MDT Clinical Director Seaford Clinic Location

NY Physical Therapy & Wellness is an award- winning provider of physical therapy services in New York. We want to make getting the physical therapy you need as easy and hassle-free as possible. That’s why you don’t need an appointment and can be seen immediately at any of our locations.

Eric Sampson joined NYPT and Wellness in 2019 and became Clinical Director of our Seaford Location in early 2020.

Eric is a graduate of the Physical Therapy Program at Boston University and is celebrating his 21st year in practice. He began his career in the Hospital settings of North Shore University Hospital and Beth Israel Medical Center in NY, NY. Since then he has spent the majority of his time in the Orthopedic setting. Eric has a strong belief in continuing education, becoming certified in the prestigious Mckenzie Method in 2005, Rocktape certified in 2014, and more recently received his certification in the SEAS approach for treatment Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis in 2018.

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