You may know someone who is a pain in the neck, you may even be a pain in the neck on occasion but it is never fun to have a pain in the neck! Neck pain is one of the major issues that chiropractors often encounter. Neck pain can range from barely noticeable to intense pain that makes it difficult to move. Minor neck pain can resolve itself in some cases and does not necessarily require a closer look. However, if neck pain is persistent, visiting a chiropractor is something you should probably consider. Chiropractors are specially trained in the anatomy of the neck and spine. They understand how it works, what can upset it, and how to bring it back to normal in the most efficient and non-invasive way possible. Chiropractors can help to relieve neck pain and keep the body properly aligned to reduce the chances of recurring pain.
Some typical causes of neck pain include:
- Poor posture-head forward over electronic devices is a huge culprit
- Injuries and accidents
- Degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease
If it hurts to turn your head, you can’t sleep due to pain, have constant headaches from muscles in your neck, have trouble focusing, or it feels like your head is just “heavy,” then the sooner you can get into see a chiropractor, the better. The inability to function normally in everyday activities can be a drag, to say the least. Chiropractic care can help to relieve your pain so that it’s at least bearable, and typically help you feel much better than that depending on how your body responds to treatment.
Neck problems can also cause pain in different parts of the body. You may not feel tight muscles and ligaments in your neck, but this soft tissue can cause pain, tingling, a cold feeling, and more in your shoulders, arms, and hands. Pinched nerves in the neck can also create these problems. So if you come in for what seems like an unrelated issue, it may actually be a result of problems in your neck.
Back and neck problems are often combined, with one affecting the other and vice versa. When you come into our clinic, we will evaluate both areas even if you feel that there’s only one problem. When the back and neck work in harmony together, your entire body can work better. Below are some problems that can cause neck pain, regardless of whether or not the issue stems from the neck.
Stress from Neck Pain
Excessive stress can really do some damage to your body. We often carry stress in our back and shoulders. And by “carry,” we mean that this is where the muscles and ligaments tighten excessively. Because the shoulders, upper back, and neck are so close together, this can also cause soreness and pain in your neck. While massage and relaxation techniques can help to relieve this pain, the chiropractic care is what helps restore the structural damage caused by the tightened muscles pulling the vertebra out of place.
Whiplash Neck Injuries
The most often-seen neck injury is whiplash. People normally associate whiplash with an auto accident, but whiplash can occur from other situations as well, including a herky-jerky roller coaster, playing sports, or basically anything that involves a quick and sharp movement of the neck. Whiplash occurs when the head is jerked quickly in one direction, pulling the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the neck. This sudden motion may not always seem like much at first, and the pain may takes weeks or month to surface. Many times a person will assume it will eventually go away on its own. When it doesn’t, it can become something bad, and it will often continue to get worse. After experiencing a whiplash incident, you should make an appointment with your trusted chiropractor to ensure that nothing is out of whack. Immediate care can help to prevent pain later on.
Neck Pain from Poor Posture
Ergonomics is a common buzzword these days in offices around the country. And this is for good reason. With so many people sitting for so long every day, companies want to ensure that their employees are sitting comfortably and properly in order to prevent pain and injuries that could limit the amount and quality of work. Of course, poor posture can’t just be blamed on work. Lounge chairs, hunching over paperwork or electronic devises, leaning forward, etc., can all account for bad posture that can lead to neck pain. We can help to eliminate your pain and give you tips on how to avoid it in the future.
Many times we end up writing a prescription for a standing desk that will be more ergonomically in tune with your structural needs.
Herniated Discs and Dislocated Vertebrae
The condition of the spine affects how the neck feels. A herniated disc in your neck will cause pain in the neck, but one farther down your back can also cause pain in the neck. And the same goes for dislocated vertebrae, or subluxations. Chiropractic care will help to align your spine so that your back and neck feel good and you can perform daily activities.
Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain
Chiropractic care can help treat many different types of neck pain. In the world we live in today, which includes lots of driving or sitting hunkered down at workstations or hunched over laptops and handheld electronics, poor posture is one of the largest causes of neck pain. Poor posture misaligns the neck and spine and can cause many different forms of neck pain. Chiropractic treats this pain by re-aligning the neck and spine to keep the body functioning as it should. If you have neck pain then you should seriously consider chiropractic as a way to resolve that pain. Feel free to give us a call at 612-822-0149 and set up an appointment today.