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Neck Pain & Headaches from Muscle Strain

What is Happening:

In this presentation of neck pain, the head is several inches forward of the spine (called Forward Head Posture-FHP) due to poor posture, which causes the neck muscles in the back of the neck to constantly contract in order to balance the weight. These muscles start at the base of the skull near the hairline and connect to the upper shoulders and upper back, so those areas are typically sore.

Also, the forward angle causes the neck vertebrae to compress the discs with more force which can eventually lead to more problems. Spinal nerves that innervate the muscles around the neck and scalp can get squeezed, causing them to tighten and trigger a tension headache.

Recommended Home-Use Products Covered in This Newsletter:

 

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PosturePump™ Neck Disc Rehydrator

The cervical Posture Pump Disc Rehydrator gently pumps and stretches the discs in your neck, drawing in fluids and nutrients to the disc. This helps reduce the progression of degenerative disc disease and spinal stenosis.   It also helps restore the normal, lordotic curvature in your neck and corrects forward head posture; thus reducing muscle tightness behind the neck, upper shoulders and upper back.  See this video I made where I explain how it works.

If you have a chronic stiff neck and early stage degenerative disc disease, the PosturePump Disc Rehydrator is a good investment. Use daily to keep your discs from thinning.

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Postural Back Support Vest

If you have a hunched back, rounded shoulders and forward-leaning head then try wearing this postural correction back brace. It gently pulls your shoulders back, countering the detrimental posture generated by desk work. Users report less aches and muscle tension at the end of the day.

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Recommended Exercise (check with a professional)

Wall Angels – Stand against an empty wall, heels touching floorboard as well as buttocks and back of head. Raise arms to sides 90 degrees and open hands, keeping wrists straight. While constantly maintaining contact with the wall (arms and hands), slide arms up above head, then back down, 25 times 3x/day.  See this video for an illustration.

Neck extensions – Lie down on the floor face down (put a clean towel under your face), arms to side and legs together, looking straight down. Using your neck muscles, raise your head as high as you can without arching your neck (keep head level, still looking straight down). Hold for two seconds, repeat 25 times 3x/day.


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Infrared Thermal Heat Shiatsu Massage Pillow

Use the Infrared Thermal Shiatsu Massage Pillow on those days when you need fast relief from neck or lower back muscle stiffness and soreness.  The infrared light and heat penetrate deep into your muscles, increasing circulation and energizing fatigued muscle cells.

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Recommended Lifestyle Change

If your poor neck posture is related to frequent desk/ computer work, use a standing desk to discourage slouching.  Also, make sure your workstation is ergonomically set up.   Watch this video where I show you how to do it with just a few adjustments.

Use the PosturePump cervical disc rehydrator to reposition your head over your spine over time. If your posture is really bad, try using the BodyRite posture corrector harness, or a thoracic back support vest.  These products gently pull back rounded shoulders and improve posture.

For easing the pain or discomfort of sore, tight neck muscles, use a TDP infrared lamp.  This sends invigorating heat deep into your muscles.

Remember, if you can correct forward head posture, your neck and upper shoulder and mid back pain will dissipate and you’ll have more energy and better flexibility as well!


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TDP Infrared Heat Lamp

The TDP Infrared Heat Lamp is popular with acupuncturists, chiropractors and physical therapists.  It delivers deep-penetrating infrared light and heat to muscles and joints.  Infrared light increases cellular ATP production (energy) which enhances healing of injured tissues and reduces inflammation.  The heat increases local circulation, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the treated area.  Great for treating thick muscles, shoulder joints, knees, hips and spine.

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VariDesk™ Height Adjustable Desk

Studies show that prolonged sitting is detrimental to your health.  Not only is it associated with lower back pain, the inactivity of sitting causes your postural and core muscles to weaken and lose some coordination, which further risks injuring your low back.  HDL cholesterol levels rise from prolonged sitting as well.

Place the lightweight VariDesk on top of your traditional sit-down desk, place your monitor and keyboard on it and switch its height between standing and sitting in less than three seconds. Choose the standing position for several 30 minute intervals throughout the day to neutralize the health-damaging effects of prolonged sitting.

The VariDesk is a practical, relatively low cost investment in your health.

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BOTTOM LINE:   Neck stiffness and related tension headaches are almost always caused by poor posture.  Although not something to be scared about, it can reduce your quality of life by limiting your movement, and even sapping your energy.  Work towards improving your posture; this will result in longer-term relief.

These are some of the products I recommend to my patients for improving posture and relieving muscle pain.  They are generally safe to use, but check with your doctor. ~Dr. Perez

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