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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. 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.

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 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 likely postural related 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


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.

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 DIDYOUKNOWDIRECTACCESSISNOWAVAILABLEINTEXAS? For those who are unaware a bill was recently signed by the GovernorofTexasthatwillchangethecourseofphysicaltherapy forever! Before this, Texas was one of only two states in the U.S. that still required physician referrals from their primary doctors in order to gain the benefits that physical therapy offers. It is no secret that this was an issue – for many reasons. Physicaltherapistsandprimaryphysiciansaretrained indifferent areas. In fact, a physician may even opt not to recommend physical therapy to their patients, solely because they do not know how much of a benefit it truly can be for a patient. Physicaltherapy isoneofthemosteffectivemodesofpainrelief, and without direct access to PT services, many patients live with their painful conditions for far too long – in many cases, until the pain becomes too much to handle. As physical therapists, we are experts in the world of movement, having gone through rigorous training to learn the very best treatment methods of pain relief, prevention, and functional improvement. Italsogoeswithoutsayingthatnopatientwantsto jumpthrough

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hoops to receive the care they need. The process of getting a physician referral can be time-consuming and at times, difficult. In many cases, a physician visit for minor aches and pains may not even be necessary. At Physical Therapy and Rehab Concepts, we are so happy that this is no longer the case! With the signing of House Bill 29, patients now have direct access to physical therapy whenever they need it – all without the hassle of making a trip to your physician’s office! With this bill, you will be able to walk into any physical therapy office to receive the necessary care for your condition. This, inevitably, will lead to:

• Improved Access to Care • Better Health Outcomes • Lower Health Care Costs

Please note, Medicare patients will still require a physician’s signature for billing purposes. PTRC will also review benefits information with direct access patients. So, are you living with pain or discomfort? Call or stop by one of our locations today! We’ll help you find relief ASAP.

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Celebrate Heart Health!

Melesa Yager, PT, MSPT, Co-Owner Melesa graduated with her Bachelor’s in Health Education from Texas A & M University, and later earned another Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas. She continues to take courses handling the treatment of Parkinson’s, Lipidema, and other conditions, while also achieving multiple certifications and specializations to better treat her patients. Melesa isamemberoftheAmericanPhysicalTherapyAssociation and the Texas Physical Therapy Association. Her hobbies include spending time with family, scrapbooking, volunteering in various church positions and local civic organizations. “I believe that a person that comes in for treatment is not just another patient but someone who has pain or a problem who has entrusted me to address it. I feel it is imperative that I do all I can to treat each person equally and efficiently in a way that is enjoyable for the patient and myself.”

Celebrate February by following these simple tips for better heart health: 1. Aim for lucky number seven. Young and middle-age adults who sleep 7 hours a night have less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who sleep 5 hours or less or those who sleep 9 hours or more. 2. Keep the pressure off. Get your blood pressure checked every 3-5 years if you’re 18-39. If you’re 40 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, check it every year. 3. Move more. To keep it simple, you can aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, being sedentary for the other 23 1/2 hours is really bad for your heart. 4. Slash saturated fats. To help your heart’s arteries, cut down on saturated fats, which are mainly found in meat and full-fat dairy products. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-fat options. 5. Find out if you have diabetes. Millions of people don’t know that they have this condition. That’s risky because over time, high blood sugar damages arteries and makes heart disease more likely.


“I highly recommend PTRC!” I came to PTRC for neck pain, and PT has been awesome! I have a better quality of life, and when my neck begins to hurt, I have been taught exercises to help decrease the discomfort. I highly recommend PTRC. They are VERY professional, using state of the art techniques. They made sure I was equipped with the necessary tools to relieve the pain– on my own–as it occurred. P.S. Dry needling also made a huge difference in successful treatment. - Mary P.

Healthy Recipe Detox Juice Recipe

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Try these exercises to relieve neck pain.



• 2-3 medium - large beets • 6 carrots

• 2 medium apples • 1/2 lemon • 1-2 inch ginger

Directions Wash, prep, and chop produce. Add produce to juiceroneata time.Servecoldover ice.May store in tightly sealed jars or glasses in the refrigerator for 7-10 days. Shake or stir well before drinking. Source:

RETRACTION / CHIN TUCK Slowly draw your head back so that your ears line up with your shoulders.

CHIN TUCK SUPINE Lie with roll under neck. Without lifting head, tuck chin gently. Keep the large muscles in the neck relaxed.

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

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