There is a growing trend in the technological era of increasing incidence of neck pain.
Is it any wonder, when you think about the increasing use of technology and the propensity for forward head posture. Mobile phone use, laptop computers, IPads, watching TV, driving a car etc all cause the head to move forward increasing the strain put on the head, neck and shoulders. Other causes of neck pain include arthritic change, whiplash, sporting injuries, sleeping on the stomach and poor posture.
At least 10% of all people are suffering from neck pain at any given moment.
Not just a ‘pain in the neck’
Neck pain can be the primary cause of other symptoms to occur in your body. Undoubtedly headaches and migraines can originate from neck dysfunction as well as arm and hand pain, pins and needles, jaw pain, carpal tunnel and shoulder pain.
That’s is why it is important to contact us if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Decreased range of movement in the neck and upper back
- Painful movement of the neck in any direction
- Clicking or grinding when moving the neck
- Waking up with a stiff neck in the morning
- Difficulty reversing the car
- Pins and needles in the fingers
- Headache of any kind
How we can help!
All of our Chiropractors are very experienced in the clinical treatment of neck pain. We firstly will fully assess you to find out the cause of the neck pain and then formulate a management plan to improve your symptoms and pain as quickly as possible and then prevent it from returning. Additional diagnostic testing may be required such as X-ray or MRI to get a definitive diagnosis.
Treatment primarily will be aimed at increasing the function of the spine and making sure all the vertebrae are positioned and moving as they are designed to, and decreasing muscle tightness and tension to prevent any reoccurrence.
Treatment is always patient centred and specifically designed for your particular needs and may include:
- Specific spinal adjustments to restore proper joint biomechanics
- Massage and trigger point therapy to tight affected muscles
- Specific exercises to improve range of movement
- Ergonomic advice for work and home to prevent possible aggravations of your condition Education on mattress and pillow choice
- Ensuring sleeping positions are the side or back NOT the stomach