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How To Relieve Muscle Tension In Neck
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Whiplash: This is a common injury follow car accidents. You need to first make sure there is no signs of fracture or displacement on your vertebrae by an imaging study. This is usually done if you are brought to the er, but can be ordered as an outpatient. If scans are negative then the injury is likely muscular and should get better over time with physical therapy and pain management. ...Read more
Can spondylosis cause muscle tension? Can the pain from spondylosis cause chronic muscle tension in my shoulders and upper arms?
PT or chiro: Nsaids for pain and some musculoskeletal work inclusive of soft-tissue massage, estim or ultrasound prn, and correction of any muscle imbalances. Who does the soft tissue work is up to you. I usually prescribe pt, but a chiro can likely do much of this as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways!: Hot shower with a pulsating head. Use of a topical patch-lidoderm, salonpas. Topical gel or lotion: icy hot. ...Read more
Yes: If you have an underlying painful neck condition, i.E degenerative disc disease/pinched nerve/disc bulge; performing aggressive trapezius strengthening exercises can aggravate it. Try and do strengthening exercises with out weights. Consider working with a knowledgable physical therapist to make sure you are doing the appropriate exercises. Discuss with your md if pt is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic stress: For muscle tension in the neck, many swear by massage therapy and heat. For dealing with overall stress, practices such as mindfulness meditation and yoga can help by training you in present moment awareness. When in the present moment, you are not worrying about future events or feeling bad about past ones. These latter modes increase stress, but present moment gives space and lowers stress. ...Read more
How to relieve muscle pain and tension due to anxiety and stress? I feel it more in front of neck, chest, and lower back
Address your stress!: To address stress: Talk about feelings & address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine & alcohol (or moderate). Try Qi Gong, Tai Chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program, deep breathing exercises or Progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more
Osteopathic Exam: For pain from neck/shoulder 'spasm,' most available treatments are symptomatic.If you've had many tests-lumbar puncture, MRI, etc. which haven't found the 'cause' but have ruled out serious disease, a good history & osteopathic hands-on exam can often find the cause: usually rib or spine malfunction. Manipulation can often fix it.Rarely, neuropathic pain is cause.Neuroprolotherapy may help. ...Read more
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