Accelerate Therapy. Kick Off 2020 Free From Neck Pain

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2. Drink more water. A common cause of many headaches is dehydration. If you feel thirsty, then your body is already dehydrated. Avoid caffeinated beverages, as these are diuretics, causing you to lose water. Keep a glass of waternexttoyourdeskor inreach,andworktorefill it4-6timesduringtheday. 3. Balance your pH. The acidity of your blood can make you more prone to headachesand feelingtired.Makesurethatyoueatenoughgreenvegetables, leanproteinandavoid fattyorprocessed foods.Also,scalebackonthecoffee, as it is very acidic. Water also helps to balance your pH, so repeat step 2. 4. Exercise and therapy. Exercise helps to regulate your pH, reduce neck strain and improve your mood. If you find yourself suffering with headaches more than2 timesaweek, thenyoushouldseek theexpertiseofourphysical therapists.Thesesymptomscanbe theresultofanunderlyingproblemwith your neck and need to be treated.

Most everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their lives. In fact, over 10 million people in the US suffer with daily headaches. The vast majority of headaches stem from limitations with neck motion. Headaches result from the spasm of arteries in the scalp and sometimes, the brain. Different triggers can occur from chemical sensitivities to pH or sugar imbalances in the blood. Often, the spasms are caused by irritations of the muscles in the neck and scalp that trigger the nerves to go into overdrive, causing a dull ache or even sharp pain.

Here’s what you can do to prevent headaches:

1. Watch your posture. Alignment of the neck and upper back is crucial to alleviating the strain on the neck muscles. Be conscious throughout the day of how you are holding your posture. Bring work up to eye level and make sure that your computer screen is high enough to alleviate neck strain.

E X E R C I S E E S S E N T I A L S USE THIS EXERCISE TO RELIEVE NECK PAIN

E X E R C I S E E S S E N T I A L S USE THIS EXERCISE TO IMPROVE POSTURE

CHIN TUCKS Standing with good posture with your back against the wall, gently tuck your chin (as if you’re nodding yes). Return to the starting position. Repeat 6 times.

SHOULDER RETRACTION Standwithyourbackagainstthewall likeshown.Moveyourshouldersso that thebacksofyourarmstouchthewall.Squeeze themusclesbetween your shoulder blades to bring them together and slightly downwards.

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