Neck pain is a very common problem. It is estimated that over half of all adults will experience neck pain at some point in their life. It is also interesting to note that women are more commonly affected by neck pain than men. The neck is especially vulnerable to problems because it has a large range of motion and supports the weight of the head in various positions throughout the day.
One of the reasons why neck pain is so common is that there are many habits, activities, and injuries that can contribute to the development of neck pain.
Daily activities such as sitting for long hours at a desk or computer, using mobile devices, driving for long periods of time, and repetitive physical tasks can cause stress to your upper back and neck. Other frequent triggers of neck pain are sports injuries, car accidents, and slips and falls. Any stress to the neck and upper back, whether it is an injury or poor posture, may cause neck pain and discomfort.
Re-occurring or chronic pain in this area often arises from the joints in the spine. When the joints are not able to move properly it can lead to inflammation, pain, and incorrect neurological flow to the muscles, joints, and other tissues of the neck, upper back, and shoulders.
Tension and strain in the neck and upper back can also contribute to other problems, such as poor shoulder mobility, shoulder pain, and headaches.
Fortunately, there are effective, natural ways to alleviate and prevent neck pain. Here are 3 solutions that produce excellent results for our neck pain patients:
Chiropractors apply a gentle, targeted movement to the spine, where and when indicated, to improve the movement of joints in the spinal column. This is commonly known as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic care helps to alleviate the stress patterns in the neck and restore proper function in the spine and nervous system, decreasing pain and problems.
Posture exercises are a critical step towards recovery, especially for people who work at a desk all day. It is important to create better balance in the muscles that support the head and neck and to help undo the tension from sitting in a chronically hunched forward position.
Studies have found that stretching and mobilizing the neck appropriately can help to decrease neck pain (2). Your chiropractor or other experienced care providers can show you the right exercises to do and recommend how often you should be doing them based on your individual challenges.
Manual care for the muscles and soft tissues
Sometimes problems in the spine contribute to problems in the muscles and surrounding tissues, and sometimes problems in the muscles and tissues can perpetuate problems in the spine. It is important to address the root cause of your problem.
At Jowett & Moulton Chiropractors we offer myotherapy and remedial massage to ensure that our clients get the best care for their muscles and soft tissues as they recover from chronic neck pain.
If you experience neck pain, it is important to first have a consultation and comprehensive exam with an experienced practitioner. Once they have determined the source of the problem, if appropriate, your chiropractor will recommend a course of treatment specific to you. This may include one or a combination of the following: spinal adjustments, myotherapy, massage, and therapeutic exercises.
Taking care of neck problems as soon as they occur leads to a speedier recovery and helps to prevent these problems from coming back. A healthy spine is essential to limit and help prevent this kind of discomfort and pain.
- Fejer, René, Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, and Jan Hartvigsen. “The prevalence of neck pain in the world population: a systematic critical review of the literature.” European spine journal 15.6 (2006): 834-848.
- Ylinen, Jari, et al. “Stretching exercises vs manual therapy in the treatment of chronic neck pain: a randomized, controlled cross-over trial.” Journal of rehabilitation medicine 39.2 (2007): 126-132.