Common Causes Of Neck Pain And How A Chiropractor May Be Able To Help

Last updated on August 18, 2023

Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors, ranging from poor posture to medical conditions. It is important to understand the common causes of neck pain in order to identify the best treatment options. In this article, we will explore some of the most common causes of neck pain and their associated risk factors. We will also discuss how lifestyle changes can help reduce the risk of developing neck pain.

Poor Sleep Posture

  • TUMMY SLEEPING – long hours with your head turned 90 degrees can cause a lot of discomfort and dysfunction in the cervical spine and surrounding muscles. This is an example of “microtrauma” and can overtime cause structural issues to the area. 
  • SIDE SLEEPING – Side sleeping can be a great postural choice for those with neck pain IF complimented with the right pillow. Ideal pillow would be high, firm and contoured to ensure the neck is supported and the head cradled. Our chiropractors recommend the “Complete Sleeprrr” pillow often.

Technology Use

Could phone use be contributing to poor health outcomes? Neck pain is a common complaint among desk workers and those who use their phones for long periods of time. The strain of looking down at a phone or computer screen can cause muscle tension and soreness in the neck, leading to chronic pain.

We have discussed this at length in a previous blog – find out more here

Poor Desk & Workstation Set Up

Neck pain is a common problem for desk workers, who spend long hours hunched over their desks. This can cause a range of problems, from neck strain to headaches, and even more severe issues. 

  • Desk workers should start off by having their desk set up ergonomically assessed and become familiar with a GOOD Vs. BAD setup. Read about it here…. 
  • Schedule in regular breaks or reminders on your phone to get up and move around. It is now said that “Sitting Is The New Smoking”

Long-Term Microtrauma

Microtrauma is known as small, seemingly insignificant traumas/habits we do every day that slowly cause damage. An example of this is if you were to lightly scratch your hand repetitively in the same spot, eventually it will become sore and inflamed, skin will be damaged and eventually you will have a graze. Neck pain is a common problem that can be caused by long-term microtrauma to the spine. This type of injury can lead to structural changes in the cervical spine, which can cause pain and discomfort. X-rays are often used to diagnose neck pain and determine its cause.

Neck pain can have a major impact on your life, causing difficulty in performing everyday activities and diminishing quality of life. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, sleeping in an awkward position, or an injury. Chiropractic care can help alleviate neck pain and improve the quality of life for those suffering from it. By using manual manipulation techniques to realign the spine and reduce muscle tension and inflammation chiropractors can help reduce neck pain and restore range of motion. Additionally, they may recommend lifestyle changes such as stretching exercises to further reduce symptoms. Chiropractors are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of neck pain and headaches, making them an ideal choice for those seeking relief. With the right chiropractic care plan, you could reduce or even eliminate your neck pain and headaches.

This information is general in nature and does not replace tailored advice from a professional. Please get assessed and find out the cause of your neck pain and to identify your triggers.

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