Why Your Neck Might Be Sore
By Sara Butler
Neck pain can really put a damper on your day. It can limit range of motion and cause people to avoid certain activities or positions that they need to get through their daily tasks. The problem is that most people ignore a little dull pain and stiffness, neglecting to do anything about it until it gets to the point where they can’t function. Before it reaches that point, it needs to be brought up to the chiropractor. Chances are, you’re experiencing neck pain for one of these reasons. Here are some of the most common reasons for neck pain seen at The Joint Chiropractic.
Many people use a computer for hours every single day or they log a lot of time using screens such as those on tablets or smartphones. Both of these things can be the culprit behind neck pain due to overuse and keep the head in a forward posture. Hanging your head forward for long periods of time places stress and strain on the shoulders, upper back, and neck, eventually causing stiffness, pain, and limited range of motion.
Sleeping on the Wrong Pillow
If you use a pillow that tilts your head up so it’s above the rest of your body, then it may just be the cause of your neck pain. It doesn’t matter if you sleep on the side or on the back; when the neck is tilted in unnatural alignments or positions for long periods of time, it can place stress on the neck that leads to bigger problems.
Sleeping on your stomach is almost guaranteed to lead to neck problems. It places stress on the neck since you’re required to keep it turned all night to breathe.
Overuse Due to Exercise
During exercise it can be easy to keep the shoulders and neck tense, leading to muscle strains that can cause problems. Make sure you use correct form when you’re exercising and breathing from the diaphragm in an effort to keep the shoulders and neck relaxed and fluid.
If you slouch when sitting or standing, you may be asking for neck problems. It places a lot of unnecessary stress and strain on the muscles of the shoulders, arms, neck, and back – which then puts even more stress on joints, ligaments, and tendons that work to support the spine. Over time, this will lead to pain and discomfort.
If you suffer from neck pain or soreness, discuss it with your chiropractor the next time you come in for an adjustment at The Joint!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aurora, Colo.