You wouldn’t believe the number of patients we have seen that exhibit symptoms of neck pain and headaches. While there are many causes of these conditions, a lot of the time it’s simply to do with posture and some simple exercises can help remedy that. So while technology is causing us to tilt our heads forwards (looking down at computers, phones etc) we must be vigil and counteract that with some exercises.
In 2018, a study observed that people performing scapular stabilization or neck stabilizations several times a week helped improve their posture and reduce pain and headaches. More so was the group that focused on scapular stabilzations who found the most significant improvements.
Further studies have also backed that study up and more patients doing scapular stabilization exercises having a good return for their exercise in terms of pain relief. A study that looked at school students were also asked to perform these exercises and the results showed that a significant reduction in pain was achieved along with better posture.
A study in 2019 looked at these exercises along with chiropractic care and manual therapy. One group of women exercised only and the other group exercised with manual therapy as well. Both groups did well, but the group with manual therapy were significantly better. The researchers only had one conclusion in that exercise along with therapy meant patients experienced an even better outcome!
At Back & Body Medical here in Midtown, NYC we often prescribe exercises along with our treatments. In our own experience of treating thousands of patients over the years, those patients who regularly come in for treatment and follow our prescribed exercises not only experienced pain relief but also experienced a drop in the frequency of pain and headaches in the future. Therapy plus exercise plus education are the “holy trinity” in helping patients remain pain free and active.
If you are in pain, suffer from headaches or whatever, come in and see us, we can help. We also accept insurance and would be delighted to help you out of pain. Call us today or Schedule an appointment.