Neck Pain in Orangeville
If you’ve ever had neck pain then you are also familiar with how frustrating and debilitating it can be. Not only do you have to deal with pain, but it also prevents you from doing the things you want, need and love to do. Shoulder checking. Forget it. Exercising. Forget it. Working at a desk. Forget it. Neck pain can make even the simplest of movements involving the neck, head, arms, shoulders, and even the back extremely difficult and at times excruciatingly painful.
So what causes neck pain, and how can you get neck pain relief?
Neck pain is a common problem with many possible causes. We do millions of movements every day and each of these in some way may contribute to neck pain. Some activities that can contribute to and trigger neck pain are: hunching over our desk or computer, whiplash from a car accident or fall, and muscle strain from sustained poor postures such as reading in bed or grinding your teeth. Sometimes the body tries to compensate for improper movements and postures which can result in other issues such as headaches, dizziness, mid back pain and even shoulder pain.
Understanding the cause of your neck pain is a necessary step towards correcting the underlying problem and providing effective long-term relief. You need a treatment that will be effective in both short and long-term recovery so that you don't continue to suffer.
One might think the neck's sole job is to carry the head around all day. Although this is indeed its primary role, the neck itself is comprised of some complicated structures and contains the nerves that will inevitably affect the whole body. There are seven bones in your neck and their small size allows for a lot of mobility ,but their small size also makes them vulnerable to injury and pain.
Some of the causes of neck pain include:
Trauma, such as falls, car accidents and whiplash
Repetitive stress or sustained postures
Abnormalities in the bone structure
Degeneration and arthritis
Most of these issues are either caused by, or impact, the alignment of the spine. When the spine is pulled out of alignment the nerves that travel through the spine become irritated. Irritation of the cervical nerves can actually cause further local and systemic problems. Consider if you will that the nerves that travel along the neck go to bones, muscles and joints throughout the body, but also supply organs such as the lungs, heart, and digestive organs.
Many people let neck problems linger and don't get them corrected when they first arise. The famous line of many of our patients is "I thought it would just go away." Pain is often the last symptom to show up and the first to first to go away but that doesn't always mean the underlying mal-alignment, muscle imbalances, and irritated nerves have gone away. Over time, that area can become aggravated again, and the pain can return. If the problem is not corrected it can become much more serious and is often harder to treat. Some patients let things go to the point where surgery may be the only option but prior to this chiropractic care has the potential to make a huge positive difference.
Many people use prescription and over-the-counter medications to mask and minimize their neck pain. Although the pain is often decreased with this intervention it does nothing to remove the cause of the pain and the underlying problem. Also this can have damaging effects on the liver, kidneys and body. Others try massage therapy which does wonders to remove muscle tension, trigger points and muscle tightness. However, if the problem is indeed a malalignment of the bones then no pill, drug or massage therapy session is going to move the bones back into proper alignment thus removing the pressure on the nerve and the source of the pain. Chiropractic care and massage therapy are often used in conjunction with one another as they compliment each other nicely and can deal with different aspects of the condition.
What to Expect
Following a thorough chiropractic, biomechanical, and postural assessment aimed at determining the exact source of the problem, a personalized recovery plan is developed. Gentle, specific adjustments to the spine paired with soft tissue treatment to rebalance muscles can bring instant relief and restore long term health to not only the neck, but the entire body. Call Dr. Carly Butterworth today at 519-940-9888 to set up a consultation and end your neck pain for good!