Today we are looking at causes of neck pain. When you think that an average head weighs around 15 pounds and has the ability to move in such a complex way, it is no wonder that neck pain is so common. Most people suffer from neck pain at one time or another and it can be extremely debilitating.
Usually the area is feeling very sore and stiff, and there will be difficulty in moving the head in the normal way. You may also have shoulder pain accompanying the discomfort in the neck, and sometimes a headache. When you want to turn around you find that you have to move your body in order to do so.
Often neck pain will go away by itself after a few days but if you have neck pain that does not go away after a week then help may be required. Here we look at some common causes of neck pain and then at how to deal with it and when to visit your GP.
First of all here is a super video explaining about neck pain neck sprain and strain video
Causes of Neck Pain:
- Whiplash – this is a very common neck injury which occurs usually during a car accident. It is caused when the head is forcefully moved backwards and/or forwards too rapidly and uncontrolled, and outside of the normal range of movement. This overstretches the muscles and ligaments in the neck and the resulting discomfort is caused when the muscles contract. It is a very painful condition and medical attention should be sought after any traumatic injury.
- Muscle Strain – this can happen when you have been carrying out an activity which is unusual for you. For instance starting gym and doing sit ups. If you ever talk on the telephone and hold the phone between your ear and your neck, this can cause muscle strain.
- Osteoarthritis – conditions such as osteoarthritis cause gradual and progressive deterioration of the spine. The movement of the neck is restricted by the body creating bone spurs which then causes pain.
- Degenerative Disc Disease – this causes damage to the discs in the spinal column and eventually causes a bulging disc or a herniated disc which causes pain.
- Posture – sitting all day at a computer with the head pushed forward, texting and checking mobile devices frequently, not moving around and changing your position, being overweight, weak abdominal muscles, lack of exercise; these are all factors which contribute to neck pain as well as many other issues.
- Your Job – people such as hairdressers can really suffer from neck pain due to the way they have to stand and hold their hands and arms for lengthy periods of time.
- Jaw Problems – when there is a misalignment and derangement of the temporomandibular joint this can cause referred pain in the neck.
- Emotional factors – the neck is very indicative of emotional problems such as stress, nervous tension, and anxiety.
- Meningitis – if you have a stiff neck and also have a temperature, and a headache, this could point to meningitis or other infections. It is advisable to seek medical attention.
- Torticollis – neck pain and pinched nerve. This happens when the muscle on one side of the neck goes into spasm. Usually you wake with this condition, and the head will be tilted to one side. Often this is due to your pillows being too low or too high, or sleeping on your stomach with your head on one side.
- If neck pain is accompanied by a temperature then seek medical advice as a matter of urgency. If you suffer a trauma to the neck such as whiplash seek medical attention.
- Seek the help of a Bowen Therapist, Chiropractor or Osteopath.
- Book a massage treatment.
- Look at the underlying causes – is it your posture? Are you stressed? Are there emotional factors? Is it your sleeping position? Have you been carrying out a new activity?
- Gentle exercise. I have included some links below to help you.
Bowen Technique and Neck Pain:
Bowen technique has been shown to be an effective and gentle treatment for neck and shoulder pain. Out of 271 clients treated by Bowen Therapists, 86% showed a partial to full recovery after a series of just three treatments. See link for full report.
I offer Bowen Technique treatments for neck pain as well as Aromatherapy Massage treatments. I have clinics in Daventry, Northampton and Milton Keynes. Call me today to see how I can help relieve your neck pain.
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