One out of ten of us will have neck pain at some time in our life. In most cases it is not due to a serious disease or neck problem and often the exact cause for the pain is not clear. Most are probably due to minor sprains or bad posture. This comes as no surprise when we consider the activities of modern life such as sitting in front of a computer, watching prolonged periods of television and an increasing incidence of poor posture – particularly forward head posture.
Problems within the neck can also cause headache, shoulder pain, TMJ or jaw pain, pins and needles in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome and upper back pain.
We encourage you to contact us for a thorough assessment with one of our Chiropractors if you regularly experience any of the following,:
In the am you may wake up with a sore neck
Reversing the car and turning your head, your neck may feel stiff
When you turn your head you may hear a clicking sound
Neck muscles may ache constantly
A sensation of pins and needles in your fingers and hands
Treatment for Neck Pain
Before any action is taken, the Chiropractor will assess your neck pain, diagnose the problem and help you understand what’s wrong. They will work with you to develop an effective treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle, leisure activities and general health. Thankfully, Chiropractic offers a very effective treatment for neck pain. Typically, your Chiropractor will recommend the following:
postural advice and how to avoid further strain, good posture may help. Check that your sitting position
at work or at the computer is not poor. (That is, not with your head flexed forward with a stooped back.) Sit upright.
a series of specific spinal adjustments to restore proper movement to the neck vertebrae
release tight neck muscles
neck exercises to encourage improved movement
neck strengthening exercises
heat/ice therapy to help manage your neck pain
recommend a contoured firm supporting pillow to provide support while sleeping
advice on how you can help yourself. for example, you may be shown exercises that you can do between treatment sessions
Please contact the clinic if you would like to have an assessment with one of our Chiropractors.