Neck Pain (or Cervicalgia)
Are you suffering from pain in your neck area? Sometimes we don’t realize it but the amount of stress we put on our neck causes it to become stiff and sore. Believe it or not the human head weighs 10 to 12 pounds on average and the neck supports the head. In one of our blogs we go into further depth about neck pain. You can read it HERE.
While most minor neck pain goes away on its own within a few days with minimal medical treatment, there are distinct times when you should see a neck pain doctor right away.
This is when 2 vertebra are out of alignment or motion is restricted. This is usually accompanied with irritation of the nerves and surrounding muscles. There are many causes of cervical subluxation. Here are a few examples of what can cause a cervical subluxation.
1. Overextended Muscles
Sleeping in an unusual position or pushing yourself past your limit at the gym can strain your neck muscles. Bending the neck too far forward (hyperflexion) or too far back (hyperextension) can lead to a stiff neck, soreness, and pain.
2. Poor Posture
Hunching over a computer or slouching at home puts extra pressure on your muscles and spine. Improving your posture is crucial because chronically tense muscles can change the characteristics of your spine. A change you can make today is correcting your seated posture; proper seated posture involves maintaining a straight back and bringing your knees slightly higher than your hips.
3. “Text Neck”
Very similar to poor posture, the so-called “text neck” is caused by keeping your head at a non-neutral angle. Research has confirmed that bending the head forward at a 45-degree angle, the general position when using a cell phone, exerts up to 50 pounds of force onto the spine. This causes a tremendous amount of strain to the cervical spine, causing a postural subluxation.
4. Accident or Other Trauma
Pain may take a few days to become noticeable after trauma has occurred. Make an immediate appointment if you also develop numbness, a tingling sensation, or weakness in your arms or legs.