Neck pain is a common issue that affects many people at some point in their lives. The neck, also known as the cervical spine, is a complex structure that supports the head and allows for a wide range of motion. However, the neck is also susceptible to injury and pain due to the heavy demands placed on it on a daily basis.
Common Causes Of Neck Pain
One of the most common causes of neck pain is poor posture. Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time with poor posture can cause muscle strain and tension in the neck. This can be especially true for those who spend a lot of time at a desk or in front of a computer, as hunching over a screen can put a lot of stress on the neck and shoulders.
Stress & Tension
Additionally, stress and tension can cause the muscles in the neck to tense up, leading to pain and discomfort. Stress can manifest itself in many ways, and can include emotional, mental and physical stress.
Another common cause of neck pain is injuries. Whiplash, sprains, and strains can cause neck pain as a result of a car accident, sports injury, or fall. These types of injuries can cause damage to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the neck, leading to pain and limited range of motion.
Degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and herniated disk can also cause neck pain. These conditions occur as a result of the natural aging process and can lead to degeneration of the bones, discs, and joints in the neck. This can cause stiffness, pain, and difficulty moving the neck.
Poor Sleeping Position
Poor sleeping position can also cause neck pain. Sleeping on a pillow that is too high or too low, or using the wrong type of pillow can cause neck pain. The wrong pillow can cause the neck to be in an awkward position and put pressure on the muscles and joints.
Overuse is another common cause of neck pain. Repetitive movements or holding the head in one position for an extended period of time can cause muscle strain. This can be especially true for those who engage in activities that involve a lot of overhead movement, such as tennis.
Carrying Heavy Bags
Carrying heavy bags can also lead to neck pain. Carrying a heavy bag over one shoulder can lead to muscle imbalances and pain in the neck. This can be especially true for those who carry a heavy bag to work or school every day.
Can Chiropractic Help With Neck Pain?
If you’re experiencing neck pain, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and treatment for your neck pain. Chiropractic treatment can be an effective way to alleviate neck pain and improve function. A chiropractor will work with you to determine the underlying cause of your neck pain and develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses your specific needs.
It’s important to note that chiropractic care is a drug-free, non-invasive form of treatment. Chiropractors avoid the use of surgery or medications, and instead use natural techniques to alleviate pain and improve function. This can be especially beneficial for those who are looking for a natural alternative to traditional medical treatments.
Additionally, regular chiropractic care can help to prevent future neck pain and injuries. A chiropractor can work with you to identify any areas of weakness or imbalance in the neck and develop an exercise program that will help to strengthen the muscles and improve posture. This can help to reduce the likelihood of future injuries and improve overall spinal health.
Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to alleviate pain, improve function, and promote healing, including manual adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and exercise therapy.
Manual adjustments involve the use of the chiropractor’s hands to manipulate the spine and restore proper alignment. These adjustments can help to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and reduce inflammation.
Soft tissue therapy involves the use of techniques such as massage and stretching to release muscle tension and improve circulation. This can help to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and reduce inflammation.
Exercise therapy is also an important aspect of chiropractic treatment. A chiropractor will work with you to create a personalized exercise program that will help to strengthen the muscles in the neck and improve posture. This can help to alleviate pain, improve range of motion, and reduce the likelihood of further injury.
Visiting Our London Chiropractors at MotionBack
Our experienced team of London chiropractors at MotionBack have successfully treated 1,000s of patients with effective personalised treatment based on the most up to date evidence-based techniques, ‘best practice’ and clinical experience. Our chiropractors are registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and are members of the British Chiropractic Association (BCA).
“Amazing Chiropractor, highly recommend! I was suffering with severe neck pain and pressure headaches, until I went to Andy, who sorted me out in just 2 sessions. Very professional, friendly and I felt like I was in good hands.” EE (5-Star Google Review)
“ I am 79 and have had back and neck problems on and off for many years. In Spring 2022 I cricked my neck and developed a ‘headache’ in my neck which was followed by stiffness, restricted movement and pain. I found MotionBack online and visited Marco four times for massage and manipulation. He also gave me exercises and advised me to change my keyboard posture from craning forward to sitting back in the chair. He pointed out that my left shoulder was higher than my right. At the end of the fourth session Marco told me he didn’t need to see me anymore.” Sandra W (5-Star Google Review)
If you are suffering neck pain or discomfort our chiropractors are here to help you. To book an appointment, call our clinic on 0207 112 5408 or you can book an appointment online on our website here.