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Noticing More Neck Pain During Quarantine?

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Aside from hand pain, I have noticed a surge in calls and requests for our Neck and Shoulder Pain Guide. 

Neck pain is not a new phenomena. But could it be happening MORE now than before? I think YES. Here’s why.

With the pandemic, there has been a lot of stress around fear of getting sick, lost jobs, schooling for kids, older parents, and on and on.

Stress over the time can cause you more pain. When you are more stressed out than usual several things happen.

  • You don’t sleep well.
  • You don’t eat well.
  • You don’t move as often.
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How Working From Home Can Cause MORE Aches and Pain? 

People are for the most part trying to stay at home to be safe but it’s leading to not moving as often as you could. A lot of people are also working from home. Their environment such as computer set up, desk, chairs to say the least is not ideal. 

I don’t know about you, but when I work from home, all my snacks and food are within reach.  People are finding out now, that sitting around too long and eating too much are leading to more aches and pain then before.

Between the lack of movement, poor eating, and stress – that can lead to poor sleep.  Nothing is worse than not being able to find a comfortable position to fall asleep in.  Not being able to sleep through the night. And the worse, has to be when you wake up with a terrible pain in your neck that stops you from turning your head.

Case example:

I was just speaking to… let’s call her “Diane” about her neck pain. Since the pandemic hit, she’s had to do more to keep her son safe but still learning, less support from grandparents, and the stress of her own job. She told me that her neck was just killing her but decided to get a massage to help her feel better. The next day…she’s still feeling the tightness of her neck into her shoulders.  

Though massages can be great for you and relaxing, they don’t help you find out why you have neck pain. 

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Where Is The Neck Pain Coming From?  

Without knowing the root cause, you can end up living with neck pain longer than you need to.

It turns out, after speaking to her at length, she has been having neck pain on and off for the past 20 years!  She just thought it was normal and that she was just stressed out.

She wanted to know – is it POSSIBLE to get rid of neck pain?  

No – it is NOT normal to have neck pain.

Yes – it is possible to get rid of neck pain for good.

At our occupational therapy clinic near Miami, it’s possible to test if there’s a mechanical issue with how the bones are aligned. Or if the muscles and ligaments are too tight, too loose, or other causes of imbalances.

Since there is an 80% chance your neck pain is a mechanical or movement problem – the best people to examine and address this FIRST are movement experts like us.

YES, it is possible to get rid of neck pain and have lasting results so that you can make sure you don’t have neck pain for another 20 years. Grab our free Neck and Shoulder Pain Guide.


And if you are tired of waiting to feel relief from neck pain, request to speak to our Specialist and get clear on what can actually help you.

Written by Hoang Tran

About the author – Hoang Tran

Hoang Tran is a hand therapist in Miami, the owner of Hands-on Therapy Services and author of the book “The Hands-On Approach”. She loves helping people with hand, neck and shoulder problems, because she knows how bad and debilitating they can get if not addressed and treated properly (once and for all!).

The aim of her occupational therapy practice in Miami is to bring patients back to full functionality, without pills, injections or surgery. If you would like more information about the services call her team at 786-615-9879, or schedule an appointment here. In these difficult times, we are here to help. Telehealth and online sessions are available!

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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