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02/28/2017

Stress Can Be a Pain in the Neck

You've no doubt heard of tension headaches, but did you know stress can cause neck, back and shoulder pain as well?

Because your back is made up of a variety of muscles that are known to tense up during stress, eventually you may feel your anxiety physically.Stress Blog Photo

When you are tense, so are your muscles.  It can be so bad that chiropractors and massage therapists actually feel knots in your muscles when you are physically or emotionally frayed.

So what can you do if you don’t have the time or resources for a professional massage when you’re stressed out and hurting?

Here are several simple things to try, preferably before the pain gets severe:

  • Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing or yoga stretches. Listen to soothing music.
  • Move.  Even if it’s just getting up from the desk and taking a short walk. Get the blood flowing to relieve tension and relax muscles. Do some gentle stretches. Sit up straight.
  • Be healthy.  Eat a healthy diet, don’t smoke and avoid caffeine, which will just make you feel more agitated.

If your pain does not subside with these techniques, it’s time to see your chiropractor to determine if there is another underlying cause.