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Back and Neck Pain

Back and neck pain is something virtually everyone will experience at one time or another, in varying degrees. But whether your neck and back pain is a mild annoyance or utterly debilitating, it still isn’t normal. The knee-jerk reaction is to reach for a bottle of pain relievers, either over-the-counter or prescription, to take the edge off and help you get through your day with a modicum of comfort.

Unfortunately, this approach dulls your mind along with the neck pain symptoms, while doing nothing about the cause of the neck or back pain. And a few hours later, it’s back to the bottle of pills for another dose of temporary relief. Why not learn more about a natural solution that goes after the back and neck pain causes, rather than just the symptoms?

What Causes Neck and Back Pain?

Fortunately, most back and neck pain, even chronic neck pain, is not caused by serious illness, but rather by nerve irritation in the area of the upper back and neck. The nerves in the area may be irritated or inflamed by straining the neck and back muscles, which applies pressure to the nerves themselves.

This is a common result of working at a computer all day or driving long distances, because most people don’t maintain a healthy posture at their desk or in the car. The head tends to pull forward and down in a hunched position, pulling on the structures of the neck and upper back and causing those muscles to tighten.

Another common culprit in nerve irritation of the upper back and neck is bulging or degenerating discs. The discs of the spine provide a cushion between the bony structures; when the discs suffer from wear and tear, their insides may “bulge” outward, pressing on nearby nerves, or they may become too thin to provide the necessary cushion between vertebrae.

Whenever nerves are inflamed or irritated, pain in the area served by those nerves is the result.

Neck and Back Pain Causes: What Part Does Stress Play?

Ultimately, every kind of nervous system interference, such as those that result in upper back and neck pain, stem from stress. Your body is designed to adapt to practically everything that comes at it, but there’s a limit to how much the human body can endure before it is no longer able to adapt. At that point, pain appears: back pain, neck pain, a combination – or some other dis-ease that throws the body into dysfunction and turmoil.

People typically think of stress as that feeling of overwhelm that accompanies an impossible deadline, family emergency or financial crisis, and that’s one type of stress. But there are others:

  • Emotional (also called mental) stress is the type people immediately think of: worry, anxiety, fear, anger, frustration are some examples of emotional/mental stress
  • Chemical stress is the stress placed on the body by environmental toxins such as pollution, unhealthy food, alcohol, tobacco – even pollen and other natural substances that the body may be allergic to
  • Physical stress consists of things that affect the mechanics of the body, like poor postural habits, sleeping in awkward positions, getting too little exercise or overtaxing the body with extreme exercise.

When you experience any of these types of stress, the body responds in certain ways, including altering hormone production and straining muscles and connective tissues. Ultimately, the stress and the body’s reactions to it affect the nervous system, leading to pain and dysfunction in any areas the affected nerves serve.

While it may not be possible to live a totally stress-free life, it IS possible to find a natural solution to the problem of your neck and back pain!

Say Goodbye to Neck and Back Pain

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Natural back and neck pain relief doesn’t come from a bottle – it comes with one quick phone call.

Chiropractors are specially trained to locate and alleviate spinal misalignments caused by any type of stress. When these misalignments are restored to normal positioning, nerve irritation is reduced or eliminated, and you can often say goodbye to the pain in your neck and back!

If chiropractic is a good choice for you, your chiropractor will conduct an examination to pinpoint the exact misalignments causing your pain.

Naturally, he or she will explain all of this to you, along with a plan for correcting the misalignments. Then, gentle and precisely targeted chiropractic adjustments will be made to areas of malfunction to correct the structural deviations that are interfering with your nervous system and causing you pain.

Of course, chiropractors can’t promise a particular outcome – but neither can anyone else! And since chiropractic is completely safe and doesn’t rely on drugs or invasive procedures, you have nothing to lose. Millions of people swear by chiropractic and claim to have reduced or totally eliminated back and neck pain symptoms after addressing the cause of the pain with chiropractic.

OTC Pain Relievers: Safe or Not?

Just because your pain reliever doesn’t require a prescription doesn’t mean it’s safe. NSAIDs in particular have been in the news over the past few years because of their possibly lethal side effects. Before you take another handful of OTC medication, be sure you know the risks:

OTC Medication Risks and Interactions
NSAIDs (Motrin, Advil, Naprosyn, Aleve, Ansaid, etc.). NSAIDS may interact with lithium, blood thinners and blood pressure medications, and they can cause headache, rash, drowsiness, dizziness, heartburn, stomach ulcers, blood clots, hypertension, heart attacks and heart failure and/or death.
Aspirin Aspirin interacts with blood thinners and it may cause drowsiness, stomach upset, clotting problems and/or headache.
Tylenol Tylenol can cause fatigue, bleeding, bruising and/or liver damage.
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