Our necks are very flexible, constantly moving in nearly every direction, and works to support the full weight of our heads – this can make our neck very susceptible to injury. Neck pain can become very bothersome, and symptoms can appear suddenly without any sudden causes, or slowly overtime. Neck pain tends to go away within a few days however, if pain persists it could be a sign of an underlying issue that should be addressed with a doctor.
There are many potential factors that may be associated with neck pain:
- Injury (such as whiplash)
- Diseases or disorders involving tissues in the neck, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles
- Poor posture
- Emotional stress
- Awkward sleeping positions
- Repetitive motions
- Misplaced/slipped spinal discs
Many factors of neck pain may be caused from direct injury to the spine (posture, sleep, whiplash) while other factors can be from a slow degeneration of tissues, bones, and cartilage (arthritis, repetitive motions, age). Regardless of the cause of your neck injury, it’s important to take action and treat the injury.
Managing pain can be done through over-the-counter pain medication and relaxation with heat/ice compresses are home remedies that may be able to help heal minor neck injuries. If your neck injury is caused from lifestyle habits, altering sleep positions, posture, or exercising may help with avoiding neck pain altogether.
Depending on the root cause of your neck pain, chiropractic can be offered to help adjust the neck and spinal alignment to provide relief and long-term benefits. Spinal adjustments can be helpful for anything from acute neck pain to chronic neck pain and can restore proper joint alignment in the neck area increasing mobility. Sometimes a chiropractic adjustment could be just what the doctor orders. At Absolute Chiropractic, we offer craniosacral therapy, osteopathy, spinal decompression therapy, cold laser therapy, as well as many other treatment options to provide you with the best road to recovery.
Dr. Gracinda Ramos performing Spinal Decompression Therapy