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Neck Pain is a Real Pain in the Neck

Neck pain is, well, a real pain in the neck! Discomfort, soreness and stiffness can make it hard to turn your head and difficult to get comfortable while doing almost anything. You may develop headaches as a result. Pain in the neck is often combined with shoulder pain, jaw pain or back pain. Even minor neck pain can affect your quality of life – but neck pain relief is available… and it doesn’t come from a bottle! Read on to find out more.

Bowling, Anyone?

There are just seven bones in your neck (the cervical spine), and they are some of the most overworked bones in the body. Imagine lugging around a bowling ball all day – you’d be exhausted, even if you were able to switch the ball from arm to arm or carry it in a backpack or sling. Now imagine balancing that ball on your fingertips, and you have some idea of what your neck has to contend with in carrying your head, which weighs about 12 pounds (5.5 kg). Other factors that contribute to neck pain include:

  • Hunching over your desk or workbench all day
  • Clenching the steering wheel
  • Emotional stress, which can cause unconscious tightening of the neck muscles
  • Disc degeneration
  • Injuries

Even slight deviations within the structure of the neck can result in nerve irritation, which appears as pain or reduced mobility in the neck, inability to turn the head from side to side, grinding sounds or headaches. Neck and shoulder pain can also result, as can neck and jaw pain.

Neck Pain and Stress

Neck pain suffering imageNeck pain causes vary, but it generally stems from stress. There are three types of stress that affect the body: chemical stress, physical stress and emotional stress, all of which can create nerve interferences that result in neck pain.

Chemical stress includes things you ingest or inhale. Preservatives in food, medications, alcohol, smoggy air and pollen are just a few samples of chemical stressors that can irritate the nervous system.

Physical stress includes repetitive motions, improper posture (such as leaning over your computer keyboard or falling asleep in an awkward position) and traumas such as car accidents or falling. Physical stress can result in muscle tightening or loss of muscle tone, which can contribute to joint and disc problems in the neck, ultimately resulting in the nerve disturbances that cause neck pain and immobility.

Emotional stress is less tangible, but often the bigger problem, especially when it comes to neck pain emotional stress includes worrying over finances, grief, anger or frustration that results in tension in the body, particularly in any areas that are already weakened or overworked – like the neck. This tension amounts to tight muscles, which can irritate the nerves and produce the pain in your neck.

It may be impossible to completely de-stress your life, but there is safe, effective help for your neck pain!

How Serious is It?

Although most neck pain does not stem from serious illness, there are still differing causes of neck pain and differing degrees of severity. Minor neck pain is the discomfort, soreness and stiffness you may wake up with when you “sleep funny, ” for example. Major neck pain can be the same symptoms, but they persist for days or weeks or occur frequently or as a result of a blow or injury. If it lasts for several weeks or more, it is considered chronic neck pain.

What’s a Person To Do?

Most people don’t think too much about their neck pain or what’s causing it – they just reach for the pain relievers. Unfortunately, these do nothing to correct the deviations in the bony structures of the neck that interfere with nerve function and are the underlying cause of most neck pain. Luckily, there is something that corrects these deviations and gets you back in the game – without drugs.

Heal Your Neck Pain Naturally…

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Drugs only temporarily dull the pain in your neck – along with the rest of your body – without doing anything to address the underlying problem. Safely and effectively eliminating your neck pain means getting to the root of the problem and correcting it. Generally this involves finding and resolving misalignments of the bones of the neck and back that have been interfering with nerve pathways or pressing on or pinching the nerves themselves.

And that’s exactly what chiropractic does! Chiropractic is a safe, 100% natural, totally medication-free, non-invasive approach to healing nerve disturbances in the body, just like those that cause neck pain. Chiropractic’s success with neck issues is a large part of the reason chiropractic is the most well-respected alternative approach to healing throughout the world.

Chiropractic is a legitimate health care modality, recognized by the federal government, covered by major health care providers and licensed by every state – and there’s no reason to be left out, because it’s widely available. In fact, there’s likely to be a chiropractor located close to where you live or work. Just give them a call to schedule an appointment to see how chiropractic can work with the healing abilities of your body to bring about natural neck pain relief.

And Safely

When you visit one of our sponsors, you’ll be visiting a caring health care provider who is highly educated and well-versed in neck pain of all types. Your consultation will begin with pleasant conversation so the doctor can learn more about you and your symptoms. If chiropractic can help, the doctor will let you know. If not, he or she will explain why and recommend someone who may be able to.

If chiropractic is a good option for you, the doctor will complete an in-depth examination, then explain the results of the exam as well as the plan of action he or she has in mind for your specific set of circumstances. Ask all the questions you like! Your doctor will be happy to answer them – after all, you have a right to know what’s happening in your own body.

Next the doctor will make precise chiropractic adjustments to whatever areas of deviation or instability were discovered in the exam. These gentle adjustments are designed to reduce nerve interference in the neck by restoring correct alignment to the body. Millions of satisfied patients have found lasting relief from their neck pain, whether minor, major or even chronic. Still, no particular outcome can be guaranteed, and some patients require a longer course of care than others.

An Ounce of Prevention

Although most neck pain is related to emotional stress like worrying about a deadline, physical stress is also a contributing factor. Help prevent future neck pain by reducing physical stress:

What To Do Why To Do It
Rest Sitting at a computer for hours on end or driving thousands of miles without a break is a good way to get neck pain. Take frequent breaks, try to keep your head aligned with your spine, and relax your jaw.
Move Change positions often, stretch your muscles (gently), shrug your shoulders up and down, and pull your shoulder blades together to keep your neck from stiffening.
Adjust Your computer should be at eye level and your seat should be set so that your knees are slightly below your hips. Don’t crane your neck to the side to hold the telephone between your ear and shoulder – headsets are best.
Roll Over Sleeping on your stomach stresses the neck. Sleeping on your side or back with a pillow that supports the neck can help.
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