Figuring out what to do about neck pain can be tough, especially if your pain is triggered by stress. Working on your computer. Checking for traffic before crossing the street. Neck pain can make these and many other normal daily tasks difficult.
Neck pain is one of the most common forms of pain people deal with. In fact, it’s reported that almost 87% of people are living with neck pain at any given time. One option you should consider when you have stress-related neck pain is to visit a physical therapist. A physical therapist can offer effective treatment options for your neck pain.
How can a physical therapist treat stress-related neck pain?
Physical therapists are medical professionals, and they’re well versed in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders. One issue they can help you with is stress-related neck pain.
Your physical therapist will start by examining your neck and other structures that could be contributing to your symptoms. This may include your shoulders and upper back. They could also ask you questions about your daily activities and medical history.
This information is combined to build you an individualized therapy plan, which can include therapy methods like:
Active Release Techniques® (ART) — This therapy method combines soft tissue mobilization and manipulation. Your physical therapist will use their hands to release tension by applying pressure to the affected area. They’ll also use their hands to stretch the affected structure. One study shows that ART can be very effective for neck pain. This study reports that six sessions of ART helped reduce pain scores by nearly 50%.
Therapeutic exercises — Therapy specialists know many exercises that can strengthen and stretch your neck. Doing such exercises during your sessions and at home can help reduce your pain. In fact, medical researchers report that 12 weeks of exercises helped more people reduce their pain by at least 75% rather than using pain medication.
Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offers neck pain treatment
Tired of living with stress-related neck pain? Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is primed to help you find effective care for your pain. We’ll start by performing a comprehensive evaluation of your neck to determine the source of your pain. Then, our specialists will build you a personalized therapy plan designed to reduce pain and prevent recurrence.
Severe pain keeping you stuck at home? That’s OK! You can still get help from our physical therapy team thanks to the at-home care and virtual therapy services we offer. We can even help you if you don’t have a doctor’s referral.
Contact our team today for more information about the therapy services we offer for neck pain or to schedule an initial appointment.