How Physical Therapy Headache Treatment Can Help with Holiday Stress
As much as people love the holidays, they can still be one of the most stressful times of the year.
Now, add a global pandemic into the mix and it’s no wonder so many people are complaining about holiday stress and the pain associated with it, like headaches and neck pain.
Thankfully, there’s a fast, easy, effective way to get relief from holiday- and stress-related pain: neck pain and headache treatment from a licensed physical therapist.
Headache Treatment from a Physical Therapist—Why It Works
Some headaches are caused by muscle tension in the head, neck, and shoulders. Physical therapy is an effective headache and neck pain treatment because it helps relieve that muscle tension.
Manual physical therapy can alleviate stiffness in the muscles and joints (like the jaw joint or TMJ). Your physical therapist can also help increase the mobility of your neck and reduce painful muscle spasms.
Additionally, a physical therapist will provide exercises you can do at home to build on the work you’ve done in the physical therapy office. The exercises will:
- Keep your muscles flexible
- Reduce inflammation
- Promote healing
How to Reduce Holiday Stress for Fewer Pain Days
Besides physical therapy, you can take steps on a daily basis to reduce your overall stress. Try the following techniques to have a happier, pain-free holiday.
- Learn to say no. Boundaries and priorities aren’t always easy, but they’re worth it because they help you protect your health.
- Take time for yourself. You’re doing a lot for other people this time of year. Don’t be afraid to set aside some time to go do something for yourself—even if it’s just a nap or a bath. Every little bit helps.
- Exercise. You’re surely busy, but just a few minutes of exercise a day can produce chemicals and hormones that boost your mood and reduce pain.
Regular Physical Therapy Can Help Prevent Pain
Seeing a physical therapist for neck pain and headache treatment is sure to reduce pain you’re already experiencing, but it’s also a great way to prevent the pain from happening in the first place. Your physical therapist at PT Concepts can walk you through exercises that can keep your muscles flexible and relaxed all throughout the holiday season.
Has holiday stress left you feeling anxious and sore? Contact our team today to schedule a headache or neck pain treatment right away!