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Is Stress Causing Your Neck Pain? N E W S L E T T E R

See Inside • Is Stress Causing Your neck Pain? • How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Neck Pain • Exercise Essentials • Healthy Recipe

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Move As If You Never Experienced Pain Is Stress Causing Your Neck Pain?

Causes of Stress-Related Neck Pain Whilestressalonecan triggerneckpain,a few factorscanmake itworse.Office environments tend to create neck pain problems — as they confine people to chairs,badpostureand littlemobility.Drivingoften,too,canmakeyourchances of stress-related neck pain higher. TheU.S.NationalLibraryofMedicinesuggestscontactingaprofessional ifyou’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 calleda tensionheadache.Duringanxiety,muscles tenseup.Asmuscle tension tightens,theback,shouldersandneckareaffected.Themorepressuretheycause, themorediscomfortyouget.Let’stakeacloser lookatstress-relatedneckpain. 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 HealthActions Physical Therapy, are: • 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 thinkstress-inducedneckpain iscausedbyphysical factors— low,butconstant, trapezius muscle activity. If your neck pain starts at the base of your shoulders, traveling upward, it may be stress related.

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

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Follow these steps: Self-Test for Neck Pain

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What it means: Ifyouarestrugglingtonodyourhead withoutpain,you likelyhavetension in your neck. Your next step is to see what is causing the pressure on your neck. 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.

We are now proud to announce that we are currently providing our physical therapy services in the Enterprise community with local Enterprise resident Jason West, PT, DPT acting as clinic manager. Bachelor of Science, Pre- Professional Biology Troy University, Dothan, AL Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences MT-Trained University of St. Augustine , St. Augustine, FL

How Physical Therapy Can Help Your 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, they 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. Whereafter-care treatment isconsidered,custom-tailoredneckexerciseswill 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 by stress, it still needsattention.We’llworksidebysidewithyourgoals,creatingtheproactive, effective programs you need to achieve mobility once more.

Jason has over 10 years of experience in Outpatient Physical Therapy with the last 9 years emphasizing orthopedics and Sports Medicine related injuries as well as post- operative rehabilitation. Jason is a firm believer in patient management and patient education as the corner stones of patient treatment and the rehabilitative process. Refer your patients to HealthActions in the Enterprise community today! 1109 Boll Weevil Circle, Suite 2 Enterprise, AL 36330 Phone: 334-828-7591 | Fax: 334-828-7298

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Try A Healthy Recipe Trail Mix

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Ingredients

• 1 cup raw almonds • 3/4 cup raw cashews

• 2 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries, chopped • 2 tbsp vegan dark chocolate chips • sea salt for taste

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