Neck pain is no joke. Not only is a pain in the…behind, it’s also something most all of us will deal (or have dealt) with at some point in our lives.
So What’s Causing It?
You see, our heads are relatively heavy (and important) parts of our bodies. So the cervical spine (the bones in your neck) and all those muscles in your neck have their work cut out for them keeping it upright and in the best position to not cause any strain or stress that may hinder them from doing their job of keeping that head upright.
Unfortunately, much of our day-to-day lives can come in direct conflict of your neck bones and muscles trying to do their job. Poor posture, obesity, and weak abdominal muscles can disrupt the spine’s balance, causing the neck to bend forward in compensation. Looking down at a phone for prolonged periods can have an effect too that’s sometimes referred to as “text neck.” Even your pillow placement and how you sleep can cause unnecessary stress on your neck.
Most of us tend to hold a lot of tension in our neck and shoulders as well, which not only causes stress, it makes it easier for an accident or injury, like whiplash, to occur. Cervical spine disorders can lead to neck stiffness and discomfort as well, as can meningitis and infections.
Okay, Now How Can You Stop It?
For some, chronic neck pain or neck pain caused by an injury or disorder can be naturally relieved by chiropractics! In fact, one of the first things you’ll go over in a consultation with a chiropractor is the source of your neck pain and whether a neck adjustment (aka cervical manipulation) is right for healing it.
A neck adjustment involves a precise manipulation of the joints in the neck (usually by hand) to improve the mobility of the spine and restore range of motion, increasing movement in the adjoining muscles. This, in turn, helps patients turn and tilt the head better while reducing pain, soreness, and stiffness.
The longer you work with a chiropractor, the better he or she will be able to develop a program of care for your personal needs. In addition to manipulation, you may benefit from mobilization, massage, or rehabilitative exercises.
You Can Find a Chiropractor with HealingRadius!
If you’re ready to try a more holistic approach to your neck pain, we suggest setting up a consultation to see if chiropractics are right for you! And we’ll even help you find the perfect chiropractor for you over at HealingRadius.com!
Kat Wiseman is a content writer for Span Enterprises in Rock Hill, SC. She has a B.A. in English-Creative Writing from Winthrop University and her RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance. When she's not writing or doing yoga, she enjoys Netflix marathons, mystery novels, and being at the beach.