Most of us spend hours driving and hunching over workstations which can play havoc with our necks. So it is not surprising that neck pain is the second most common condition that chiropractors treat.
Causes of Neck Pain
When neck pain is caused by muscle strain, the aches and stiffness spread to the upper arm and forearm. A “pinched nerve” or nerve entrapment in the neck can send shooting pain that spreads down the arm into the hand and fingers. Numbness and weakness may also occur.
“Whiplash” refers to injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head backwards and forwards or sideways. A car accident, sporting injury or an accident at work, can cause whiplash or neck injuries, which require a thorough chiropractic examination.
The accumulation of stresses and trauma over time cause degeneration. These changes in the spine can lead to stiffness and reduced spinal mobility. If better care is taken of the spine throughout your life, the less degeneration is likely to occur.
Treatment of Neck Pain
Chiropractors are uniquely qualified to restore the health of your joints, muscles, nerves and connective tissues. Chiropractic techniques that are focused on your neck may relieve the pressure that is causing your neck pain. These chiropractic adjustments can help restore alignment, improve mobility and relieve neck pain.
Prevention of Neck Pain
As well as restoring the normal structure of neck curvature, regular chiropractic adjustments helps with prevention of neck pain. Chiropractic also prescribes the specific stretches, home exercises and postural advises to prevent neck pain.