Neck Pain: 3 Common Causes and How Chiropractic Can Help!
TONS of people suffer from neck pain. It's one of the most common symptoms people mention when they first come in for chiropractic care. For most people, neck discomfort is annoying and is more of a general distraction than an emergency. For others, neck pain is debilitating and prevents them from working or being able to perform most activities without severe pain. Luckily, chiropractic care is a safe, natural, effective way to help reduce neck pain and correct the underlying cause of the problem. Below I've created a list of some of the most common causes of neck pain....
Chronic Poor Posture
Think about how you spend the majority of your time. Is it sitting at a computer? Driving? Looking up at the underside of a car? Looking down at a cutting board? Doing the same thing over-and-over again leads to increased stress on the neck and can cause pain and degeneration. Taking proactive measures including chiropractic care can help prevent these symptoms from appearing or getting worse.
Let me guess, your neck and shoulders "get tight" when you are stressed. Right? Stress causes increased nerve activity to muscles which causes tighter-feeling muscles. People often feel this more in their neck and shoulders. Needless to say, chronically stressed people have chronically tight muscles which often leads to chronic pain and other health problems. Limit stress. Manage stress. Help your body adapt to stress (ie: chiropractic care, exercise, proper nutrition).
Injury, Arthritis, Disc Injuries
For some, an acute injury (car accident, concussion) or repetitive injury (poor posture, stress) leads to physical breakdown of the spine and can cause chronic discomfort. This doesn't mean that the pain will never improve! It DOES mean that symptoms are likely to be more stubborn, more prone to flare-ups, and take longer to improve. Oftentimes multiple modalities including physical therapy, massage, and acupuncture are recommended alongside chiropractic care to help improve recovery.
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