Your body is more connected than you may realize, and your symptoms are always tied to tension or conditions from an assortment of places throughout your body. A few of the most commonly connected symptoms are neck or back pain and headaches.
While the cause of your neck and back pain is quite distinct to your circumstance, the one common thread of all physical pain we experience is that it is our body’s way of telling us that something is off.
Back and neck pain often have various forms of chronic pain. For the most part, Chronic pain is any pain that last for 3+ months and doesn’t have a notable source.
Common examples of chronic pain include:
- Back problems
- Nerve damage
- Past injury/surgery
- And fibromyalgia
When you experience chronic back or neck pain along with headaches or migraines, there is a high probability that the two are connected and should be treated as such.
Recent studies have charted a connection between persistent back pain and headaches, with recommendations to combine treatment for a more effective approach.
When you select physical therapy for the treatment of your back or neck pain, it is pivotal to share your history with other pain, including headaches, migraines, mobility issues, etc. When a physical therapist understand the complete story of your pain, they are better equipped to successfully treat it.
While some individuals with back and/or neck pain require intervention from a medical professional such as a physical therapist, there are specific steps you can take at home and at work to help treat the source of your pain and alleviate symptoms:
- Ice and heat therapy
- Chiropractic care
- Proper ergonomics at work
- Practice good posture
- Maintain a healthy weight
When you find a combination of the items listed above, you will likely experience a tremendous reduction in your chronic pain.