Everyday activities put a surprising amount of strain on the top of your spine. From carrying a heavy bag to sleeping in the wrong position, it doesn't take much to make your neck hurt. Just looking down at your phone can exert a force of 50 pounds on your neck (Source).
Your cervical spine, or neck, is one of the most complex and mobile parts of your spine. This makes it that much more susceptible to aches and pains like:
Limited range of motion from muscle strain or injury.
Sharp or Stabbing Pain
Chiropractic treatment can identify the cause of sudden neck pain.
Pain that starts in the neck and extends to the shoulders, arms, or hands.
Soreness & Tenderness
Relieve overworked neck muscles and ligaments with chiropractic care.
What causes neck pain?
Maybe you overdid it at the gym this week or lifted too much while doing yard work. Even carrying heavy bags on your shoulder or having an uncomfortable bed pillow can lead to back and neck pain. Additionally, growing older brings more aches and pains. Some health conditions can also bring about neck pain.
Awkward sleeping position
Stress and emotional tension
Poor posture while standing or sitting
Looking down at a phone or computer
A herniated disk
Degenerative disk disease
Strain from poor posture and overuse is the most common cause of neck aches and pain. Injuries, like whiplash from a car accident, are also common.
A chiropractor is a medical professional with specialized postgraduate education and training just like your general physician. Chiropractors offer conservative treatment methods – approaches that are non-surgical and drug-free. Their focus on your spine, muscles, and central nervous system makes them experts at relieving neck pain.
A 2018 study showed that 62 percent of U.S. adults had back or neck pain significant enough to seek medical attention (Source). Tens of millions of people seek chiropractic care for their neck pain because it is safe, non-invasive, and free from addictive pain medications.
What does a chiropractor do for neck pain?
A chiropractor conducts a physical exam and medical history on your first visit so that your chiropractic care can be individualized for your unique needs. From there, your chiropractor will likely make an adjustment, or spinal manipulation, to correct alignment and relieve pressure in the spine.
Chiropractors use many methods, including posture coaching and physical therapy exercises to relieve your neck pain. The best exercises for neck pain relief take the pressure off the cervical spine. Strengthening the muscles that support the neck helps relieve and prevent chronic neck pain.
A doctor of chiropractic can often coach you in specific exercises to be done in our office or in your home. Some examples of stretches you may do to relieve a painful or stiff neck include:
Levator scapula stretch
Shoulder blade squeezes
You can also utilize a foam roller when you are feeling pain or first thing in the morning to wake up your neck muscles.
How to help neck pain at home
Most neck pain develops over time and is a result of continued strain. By making adjustments to your posture and habits, you can help prevent aches and pains.
Avoid static positions: Get up and stretch at least once an hour
Adjust body mechanics: Bring your phone and computer screens to eye level
Don't hoard the pillows: Using too many pillows can stifle your neck's range of motion
Know your limits: Don't overdo it at the gym or moving furniture around the house
Get a good night's sleep: Lack of proper rest negatively affects your body in more ways than one
You should seek medical intervention for your neck pain if it is ongoing or is extending to other areas of your body. A chiropractor can help you determine the cause of your neck pain and can correct any misalignment in the cervical spine caused by everyday strain.
Say goodbye to neck pain
Whether your neck pain is mild or severe, you should have the right resources to find relief. Our team of professionals is ready to treat your spine so that you can enjoy pain-free living.