have-chronic-neck-pain-make-these-7-lifestyle-adjustmentsNeck pain is nothing new for us neck pain chiropractors in Alabang. However, we see an increase in the number of patients complaining about this condition as years pass. This is happening partly due to the rise of mobile device usage, leading to an issue referred to as “text neck” and postural problems. Neck pain has some connection to forward head posture that is becoming more and more prevalent.

Neck pain may arise due to several causes. It is a very complex condition, and those who suffer from chronic neck pain may experience a decline in their quality of life.

Common Causes of Neck Pain

There are several reasons why people experience pain and stiffness in the neck. Your neck consists of seven cervical vertebrae, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs. They are responsible for the neck’s flexibility and stability. If any of these parts get injured, it can bring pain and discomfort.

The severity of the pain may be different for every person. Some people may feel a sharp pain that gets worse with movement, while others feel a constant dull ache. 

Some of the reasons for neck pain include the following:

  • Nerve compression

This occurs due to irritation of the nerves of the spinal cord. Bones spurs, disc herniations, and spinal misalignments (subluxations) can be the culprits behind it. These can result in pain, numbness, and tingling in various parts of the arm and hand. 

  • Muscle strain

Overusing the neck muscles can also cause neck pain and discomfort. Spending long hours hunched over a computer or smartphone or reading books in a strange position can lead to neck pain. 

  • Osteoarthritis

When the joints near your neck wear down, it can result in pain and restricted range of motion.

  • Injury

One of the most common neck injuries is whiplash.  It occurs when the head is aggressively thrown back and forth, cause a strain on the soft tissues in your neck.

Simple Adjustments to Relieve Neck Pain

You can do several lifestyle changes to get rid of the pain in your neck or spine. Besides taking over-the-counter medications for short-term relief, you can try some of these:

1. Stay hydrated.

You can gain many health benefits from drinking an adequate amount of water. One of these includes maintaining the mobility of your spine. In between the vertebrae of the spine are spinal discs that are 80% water. These discs help absorb some of the stress we put on our spine when accomplishing daily tasks. Disc degeneration is one major issue that results in neck pain.

2. Improve your workstation ergonomics. 

Consider optimal posture when you set up your workstation. Some offices are embracing standing desks to prevent employees from staying seated for long hours. To improve your neck pain and posture, adjust the monitor of your screen to eye level. Your knees should be slightly lower than your hips when seated. Don’t put your phone in between your ear and your shoulder when doing long calls. Instead, use a headset. 

3. Exercise and always move.

Perform gentle exercises that can relax the neck and ease pain and stiffness. You can also consider walking, stretching, cycling, and swimming to relieve neck tension and lower your pain levels. 

4. Use gadgets with discretion.

The neck suffers from extended periods of mobile usage. Staring down at a smartphone or any other gadgets strains the neck muscles and spine. Like using computers, your phone should be at eye level to resolve this issue. 

5. Check your sleeping position.

Sleeping in an awkward position can also bring neck pain. To avoid neck pain, sleep on your back with a thin pillow under your knees or on your side with a pillow between your knees. These are the best positions as they keep the natural curve of the spine. 

6. Practice daily stress relief techniques.

Stress can increase neck pain. For better stress management, add simple lifestyle changes such as yoga, meditation, and walking. These methods can help you cope with stress in a healthy way. 

7. Check your spinal alignment.

Having proper spinal alignment can help you manage the issues that cause neck pain. It reduces the strain and stress on the soft tissues of the neck and the rest of your spine. It can also relieve nerve compression so that your body heals naturally. Neck pain chiropractors in Alabang can help you make sure your spine is in proper alignment.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Resolves Neck Pain 

Upper cervical chiropractic care is something that you may not have heard about, but it is growing in popularity as more and more people discover it’s effectiveness in caring for a range of health conditions. One thing that makes it unique from traditional chiropractic is that its adjustments are gentle and help the body maintain proper alignment for longer amounts of time. It encourages the body to heal naturally, so you get fewer adjustments. The adjustments are also tailored for the specific needs of each patient. Healing happens by maintaining normal spinal alignment.

Upper cervical chiropractic takes care of the two uppermost bones in the neck. These unique bones are the atlas (C1) and axis (C2), and they are more delicate than the rest of the vertebrae in the neck. They support the entire weight of the head and allow the it to turn in many directions. Any misalignment in this area of the body can cause a domino effect of compensations down the spine. When this happens, the central nervous system may malfunction. It can result in disruption in the brain-body communication.  

For the spine and nervous system to function at their best, it is important to maintain the proper alignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae.

The treatment we provide here at N8 Upper Cervical in Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa is gentle, accurate, and effective.  Without correcting a misalignment in the upper cervical spine that could be causing your neck pain, the body may be hindered from healing. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you.

References

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/basics/causes/con-20028772

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/05/do-you-have-a-stiff-neck-try-these-simple-remedies/