What A Pain in the Neck!
We all have situations come up that we call “a pain in the neck.” But sometimes that pain in the neck turns out to be in us.
Instead of annoying outside situations, the pain in the neck is all too real and we are stuck with it. The neck feels stiff and sore turning simple tasks into painful efforts
The onset may be subtle, just a little twinge. But next day as you finish up a long work session the neck pain is back! Now you have to pay attention and if it persists you need to get some assistance and relief. Ignoring it or gulping aspirin just won’t solve this one.
In a busy world at home, at work and out at night, we tend to work long hours, get up early and push ahead, text nonstop, and then head out for a stress relieving night that will temporarily make us forget the whole thing.
But the neck pain never forgets and the next day it may mean booking that chiropractor appointment right away.
Your neck supports the weight of your head, which is about 12 pounds. The neck is very flexible, but that flexibility leaves it open to injury from long periods of sitting, falls or other injuries such as whiplash in car accidents. Aging can also cause degenerative disc disease and weak abdominal muscles that cause the neck to bend forward to balance the body.
Seeing your doctor and seeing a chiropractor may provide relief and real answers about where the pain came from in the first place
Your chiropractor will do a complete examination and may use gentle chiropractic adjustments to bring relief. He or she will also spend some time talking with you about the causes of neck pain and he may suggest some exercises to stretch and strengthen your neck.
Ongoing neck pain can really impact your work performance and may soon link up with upper back or shoulder blade pain and headaches. Desperation can set in quickly.
But simple neck stretches can do a lot to relieve stiffness that may have helped trigger the pain. These stretches should be done every day.
Neck strengthening exercises will help you straighten up and achieve the posture that will reduce the neck pain. The strength exercises should be done every other day to give muscles time to self repair.
Finally, having established causes and moved ahead with treatment you may be able to head out for the next evening in a lighter mood. That pain in the neck really is gone!