Neck pain strikes most people at some point in their life and it refers to pain that occurs anywhere from the bottom of the head to where the shoulders begin. Neck pain can also spread into your arms and upper back as well and often restricts neck and head movement in sufferers.
So what actually causes neck pain? Well, there are a number of reasons behind why neck pain occurs and they include:
- Any activity that increases tension in the neck muscles, e.g. bad posture, sleeping in a position that bends your neck, etc;
- Injuries and trauma; and
- Some medical issues.
Neck Pain Symptoms
With neck pain, you may experience:
- Stiffness or a knot in your neck;
- Acute pain in your neck;
- Pain extending from your neck into your shoulder, upper back or arms;
- Limited neck or head mobility; and/or
- Tingling, weakness or numbing sensation in your arm.
Your symptoms may only last a short time, or they may be experienced long-term – also known as chronic neck pain. Chronic pain can really have a significant impact on your day-to-day life and contribute to stress, anxiety – even depression and make you dependent on drugs and alcohol addiction.
How to Treat Neck Pain
The most effective way to treat neck pain is to consult with a health professional to determine the cause of the neck pain they may recommend painkillers but kindly don’t get addicted to the painkillers. By treating the cause, you will treat the neck pain. A chiropractor can help you with this, and with an adjustment, you may experience a lessening in the neck pain altogether.
Exercises after the cause have been detected will help you to strengthen your neck muscles, making you less susceptible to neck pain. For sudden bursts of neck pain, an ice pack to the affected area can help. For chronic pain, talk to a chiropractor.
How to Prevent Neck Pain
And finally, to prevent neck pain, work to achieve good posture during the day and a good sleeping position at night time. If you wake with neck pain, look into replacing your mattress or pillow. If neck pain occurs during the day, ensure you don’t assume an incorrect posture that compresses your neck. Sitting in front of a computer all day is definitely not wise. Take regular breaks and ensure your chair supports your back and ensures you can sit in a nice, straight, and upright position with your feet flat on the floor.