Neck Pain

Overview 

Neck pain is the feeling of spasms and sharp pains around the neck muscles especially when rotating the neck. 

Neck pain is a common complaint. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it's leaning over your computer or hunching over your workbench. Osteoarthritis also is a common cause of neck pain.

Causes

  • Strained neck muscles because of hunching over your computer or smartphone for long hours, or even minor things such as reading in bed or gritting your teeth. 

  • As you grow older, your joints may be worn out and your body will form bone spurs that affect the joint motion and it causes neck pain. 

  • The nerves branching out from the spinal cord are pressed by the bone spurs in the vertebrae of the neck or herniated disc can press on the nerves and caused pain at the neck. 

  • Injured your neck by jerking your head forward and backward and strained the soft tissues of the neck. 

  • Rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis or cancer are some of the diseases that can cause neck pain as well. 

Treatment & Prevention

  • Stand and sit with a good posture, make sure your shoulders are in a straight line. 

  • Move around and stretch it out after sitting or standing for some period of time. 

  • Adjust your monitor at home or work to your eye level, and adjust the chair to make sure your knees are slightly lower than hips when you're sitting. 

  • Make use of a headphone when you are talking on the phone to avoid tucking the phone between your shoulder and ear. 

  • The weight of heavy bags with single strap over your shoulder will strain your neck easily, try to avoid it. 

  • Try our best to sleep in a good position to reduce the pressure on our spine, our head and neck should be aligned with the body. 

  • Gonstead chiropractic treatment & deep tissue massage (physiotherapy)

When to see a chiropractor

  • When the pain is getting severe

  • When the pain persists for quite some time without relief

  • When the pain extended down to your arms or legs

  • When your neck pain is accompanied by headache, numbness, weakness or tingling

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