Iberia Sports Rehab. Neck Pain & Stress

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Is Stress Causing You Neck Pain?

We Can Help! Physical therapy can help relieve neck pain from stress

Exercise Essentials Try this exercise to relieve neck pain and headaches

Patient Success See what physical therapy has done for our patients!

Health+Fitness N E W S L E T T E R

Is Stress Causing You Neck Pain?

Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. As the muscle tension increases, the back, shoulders and neck areaffected.The morepressure theycause,themorediscomfortyou get. Let’s take a closer look at stress-related neck pain. Is My Neck Pain Caused by Stress? Painworsened bykeepingyourhead in one place — likewhenyou’re driving, or using a computer — is neck pain. While neck pain has a slew of symptoms, its major symptoms, reported by Iberia Sports & Rehabilitation, 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 expertsthinkstress-inducedneckpain iscausedbyphysicalfactors— low,butconstant,trapeziusmuscleactivity. Ifyourneckpainstartsat thebaseofyourshoulders,travelingupward, itmaybestress-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 theyconfine people to chairs, bad posture and little mobility. Driving often, too, canmakeyourchances ofstress-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,untreatedneckpainmight laterrevealmusclespasms,arthritis, bulging discs or even narrowed spinal nerve openings.

Call Iberia Sports & Rehabilitation at 337.367.3331 to schedule your appointment today!

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

Fortunately,neckpaincanbealleviatedwithphysicaltherapy.Neck pain is often caused byover-activity, sustained postural positions or poor posture. Sometimes changing activity, postural positions and even “no activity” can help. Beforeyou contact a professional, tryreducingpainfulneckmovements,changingposturalpositions, and getting up from your desk more often. 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 yoursymptoms.Theycan performmanual therapyand prescribe exercisesthatstrengthenyourneckstabilizersandstretchandrelax your symptomatic neck muscles. In time, your neck will become moreresilient–givingyouthecomfortyoudeserve.Yourtherapist will provide you with a custom-tailored home exercise program to asure your neck stays loose, limber, and healthy. Ifyou are dealingwith neck pain,you are not alone. Call ourclinic todayandscheduleanassessment.Even ifyourneckpain iscaused by stress, it still needs attention. We will work with you to set appropriate goals, create a proactive, effective program to meet those goals, and help you decrease pain and improve mobility in your neck. Call Iberia Sports & Rehabilitation at 337.367.3331 to schedule your appointment today! How Physical Therapy Can Help

Exercise Essentials

Exercise Essentials

Side Flexion Stretch Sit with good posture. Slowly lower your ear towards your shoulder as far as you comfortablycan.Then,useyour arm toguideyourheadslightly further until you feel a gentle stretch in your neck. Return to starting position. Repeat 6-10 times.

Cervical Retraction Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behindyourneck.Tuckchin like youarenodding ‘yes.’Drawyour chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.





Patient Success Spotlight “In sports or in life we all deal with the battle of nagging aches and pains. I am a bit of a weekend warrior or “has been” that likes to think he still “has it”. The battlewith fathertime haswon and I found myself locked up from my uppertrap through my neck. I was referenced to Iberia Sports and Rehabilitation located in New Iberia, LA. Upon arrival, I was assessed and It looked like the best form of therapy would be the Trigger Point Dry Needling with E-Stim. I was introduced to my therapist, Jason Keigley, who made the whole experience pain free and made sure I was comfortable thewhole time.Within minutes Iwas all fixed up and finished. Jason also advised treatmentwith the LightForce Laserwhich was also a very enjoyable experience. Upon the end of my treatment experience I started to loosen up and my range of motion increased.

The pain and stiffness had drastically subsided and within two days was completely gone!! Everyone Ihadthepleasureofmeeting,fromthereceptionistalltheway tothetherapistwerefirstclassandputoffpositiveenergy. Iactually left Iberia Sports and Rehabilitation in a better mood than when I walked in due to the staff.You guys have earned mybusiness largely impart to the impact of the experience I received. I’m an official believerand advise anyone dealingwithmuscle stiffness etc, to look into these two treatments because they will drastically reduce and subside discomfort.” Thanks, Justin

Healthy Recipe Berry Almond Smoothie Bowl

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• ⅔ cup frozen raspberries • ½ cup frozen sliced banana • ½ cup plain almond milk • 5 tbsp sliced almonds, divided • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon • ⅛ tsp ground cardamom • ⅛ tsp vanilla extract • ¼ cup blueberries • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

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Instructions Blend raspberries, banana, almond milk, 3 tablespoons almonds, cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla in a blender until very smooth. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and topwith blueberries, the remaining 2 tablespoons almonds and coconut.

Meet The Team Staff Spotlight Alex Darby was born and raised in NewIberia, LA, and attended NewIberia Senior HighSchool.Afterobtainingadegree inkinesiologyfromUL-Lafayettesheattended physical therapy school at LSU Health Sciences Center in NewOrleans. Alex then graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May of 2018. Outside of herrole as a physical therapists,Alex isverypassionate about exercise, especiallyCrossFit.Shealsoenjoystravelinganddoinganythingoutdoors, including hiking, biking, canoeing, and tailgating for ULLfootball games. I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with residents of my hometown. Learn more about Alex and other members of the recovery team at Iberia Sports Rehab by visiting isrehab.com.

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