Your neck, or cervical spine, is the upper portion of the spine. It supports your head and lets nerves travel the rest of your body.
In this technological age, nearly everyone has experienced some degree of neck pain. People constantly look down at their devices, must look in all directions while driving, and sit at desks while at work.
What is Neck Pain?
Your neck is composed of a large network of nerves, bones, joints, and muscles. They work together to support your head and let your brain communicate with the rest of your body.
Neck pain can range from a stiffness that makes it difficult to turn your head, to stabbing pain that radiates into your shoulders and upper back. In some cases, neck pain can cause headaches, trouble with balance, and problems gripping objects.
Pain can be a minor annoyance, or it can be severe enough to interfere with daily activities like getting dressed, driving, and checking your phone. In some cases, neck pain can even interfere with sleep.
Pain is not a normal sensation, no matter what its intensity. It’s your body’s signal that something isn’t working right. Visit your chiropractor if you’re experiencing neck pain.
The Causes of Neck Pain
Problems in the cervical spine usually develop slowly over a period of time.Degeneration of the structures happens as people age, and because of undue stress from poor posture.
Age-related degeneration is the most common cause of neck pain. This condition is often referred to as osteoarthritis, or OA, and happens as cartilage breaks down. The increased friction causing swelling and pain.
Discs in between the vertebra act as shock absorbers and carry the load of your head.These discs need to stay well hydrated to remain strong and soft. As we age, they lose water, stiffen, and become less capable of holding that load. This degeneration irritates the nerve pathways leading to the shoulders, arms, and hands.
Poor posture places undue stress on your neck. Slouching and leaning forward to read computer screens and mobile devices force you to hold your head at weird angles.
The Treatment of Neck Pain
Visit your chiropractor to discuss your health history and symptoms. Your doctor of chiropractic will perform a complete exam that includes testing your strength, flexibility, posture, and reflexes. He or she may also take x-rays to get a better idea of your condition. The consult and images help your chiropractor develop an effective treatment plan.
Your doctor has many techniques that relieve pain, restore proper function, and treat the underlying cause of your pain.
Manual manipulation will align your vertebra. Massage and electrical stimulation reduce muscle spasms in the affected area. Your chiropractor will also prescribe strengthening exercises to support proper posture.
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