Addressing the Causes of Neck Pain
By Stepy Kamei
The neck is, unfortunately, an area of the body that's highly susceptible to receiving an injury or strain. You may not realize it, but the neck houses the cervical (upper) spine, and it is an area that's used throughout many functions of daily life. Sitting, standing, walking, sleeping, and repetitive movements all impact the neck in some way, as does stress and poor sleeping habits. This is why it's in your best interest to see what you can do to address, prevent, and treat neck pain before it becomes a serious health issue.
Poor Sleep Hygiene
Have you ever awakened in the morning only to feel a literal pain in your neck? You may be surprised to learn that sleep posture is important to your neck and spinal health. Everything from the position you sleep in to your bedroom environment, can play a role in how supported your body is as it rests. Make sure your mattress is the right amount of firm, or soft, so you aren't waking up with aches and pains. It's also very important to spend time to figure out which kind of pillow is best for your neck, so the cervical spine remains supported throughout the night. Take the time to set up your sleeping situation so it doesn't contribute to neck pain!
Stress and Anxiety
Stress causes us to tense up our muscles, even if we're unaware that we're doing so. This can unsurprisingly lead to neck pain.
Given the many sudden and rapid changes in everyday life, this is a stressful time for many of us. Now is the time to learn some helpful stress coping skills. Many people find relief by engaging in a daily calming activity, such as yoga or meditation. Aromatherapy can also provide a calming effect to your environment. In short, be sure you're caring for your mental health as it can impact your physical health if left unchecked.
Lack of Physical Activity and Chiropractic Care
Staying sedentary and avoiding movement can actually make neck pain worse. Movement encourages blood circulation, and can loosen the joint around the cervical spine. Start off with daily walks and yoga practices, working your way up to cardio exercise routines if possible.
It's also important to consider getting chiropractic treatments, especially if you experience chronic neck pain. Chiropractors are able to treat and correct any subluxations, or misalignments, which may be contributing to your neck pain. Chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are trained to use safe and effective treatments in order to provide pain relief in an all-natural manner. Come on in today to treat your neck pain!
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.