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Chiropractic Care and Neck Pain

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

The neck supports and carries our head and connects the head to the body. It is the uppermost part of our spine and is made from vertebrae that extends from the head to the upper torso. The neck also supports the upper part of the spinal cord and spine. The muscles, ligaments, and bones of the neck support the head and allow for motion. The neck is involved whenever you use your eyes, nose, mouth, or ears. Therefore, the neck often performs various kinds of movements and positioning.

Due to its functions and location, the neck faces a lot of challenges. While performing tasks, some functions may put the neck at the risk of inflicting pain or injury. According to Harvard Health, about 80 percent of the population suffers from neck pain during their lifetime.

Most people occasionally suffer from neck pain or stiffness. In most cases, the pain is due to a bad posture or overuse. Sometimes, contact sports, whiplash, or a simple fall may cause injury, resulting in neck pain.

Neck pain isn't a severe medical condition in most cases, and you may get relieved from pain within a few days.

Causes of Neck Pain

Bad posture is one of the common causes of neck pain. Incorrect posture may result in chronic pain. The spine's curve has a direct role to play in the health condition of your neck and other body parts. If you sit or stand for long hours with your neck bent, it may cause chronic strain and result in neck pain.

Poor sleeping position may also result in neck pain, especially if you use many pillows, a very large pillow, or a small pillow. You get neck pain because the head and the neck are not in the correct position with the body. While sleeping, the neck bends backward, forward, or toward one side, the neck is strained, leading to neck pain due to these improper movements.

Another common cause of neck pain is emotional stress. Emotional stress lead to muscular tension, and it causes the muscles of the shoulders, neck, and back to tighten. This results in neck pain along with shoulder and back pain.

Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain

You may consult a chiropractor to get rid of the neck pain. Chiropractic treatment involves non-invasive procedures, and with simple physical activity, physical therapy, and some healing methods employed by chiropractors, you may see an improvement in your health condition.

Chiropractors may help you with your posture. A simple suggestion is to keep practicing a straight posture that may eventually become a habit. Another suggestion is to walk for a few minutes or take short breaks when your work entails sitting or standing for long periods. Ergonomic chairs may also assist you in correcting your posture.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Memphis, Tenn.

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