Do you consistently find yourself craning your neck from side to side, squeezing your shoulders at your desk to release tension, or rolling your head around to loosen up? You’re not alone!
Having a stiff neck and experiencing shoulder pain can be majorly disruptive to your lifestyle. Unfortuantely, these are common problems that many many, both young and old, face. It’s so common that 7 out of 10 adults will suffer this type of pain at some point in their lives.
Causes of Neck Pain and Stiffness
It’s likely that you don’t even know what caused your neck pain or are so used to the stiffness that you can’t pinpoint a culprit. What are some of the causes of neck pain and stiffness?
The main causes of neck stiffness and pain in adults are:
- Muscle strain
- Heavy backpacks, bags, or purses
- Nerve compression
- Underlying conditions such as fibromyalgia
- Neck, back, and shoulder Injury
- Sports injuries
- Sleeping posture
- Text neck syndrome
Neck Pain Causing Headaches
So, what if you suspect that your neck pain is causing headaches? If you think one has something to do with the other you’re on the right track. It is very common to experience both ailments in conjunction with the other in a sort of chicken or egg situation.
Some individuals may experience the headache prior to the neck pain, but more often it’s the neck and shoulder pain that leads to the headache. Neck pain and migraine headaches are a closely related pair. Same thing goes with neck pain from tension headaches, which makes a great deal of sense when you consider that a tension headache is just that – overly tense muscles leading to increased levels of discomfort.
Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain
Luckily, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. There are many different methods of how to help neck pain but, as always, when it comes to the musculoskeletal system, neck pain and chiropractor go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you’ve had a stiff neck and shoulder pain that won’t go away after a few days, have problems looking left or right, are experiencing additional symptoms like numbness or tingling in your arms or hands, or if you think there may be a more serious cause of your neck pain, you should book an appointment with a chiropractor right away.
Chiropractic treatment for neck pain includes diagnosing the neck pain, figuring out the cause of the pain, and treating the pain through massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, and/or chiropractic adjustments. Your chiropractor will be able to help you find relief by decreasing inflammation, treating any numbness you’re experiencing, and making any necessary adjustments that may help prevent long term neck and shoulder issues.
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