Turn Off Neck Pain
by Dr. Susan Sanders
August 10, 2018
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Neck Pain Fort Pierce FL
Would it not be wonderful to turn off pain as easy as pressing an “Off “button? Reach back and touch at the base of your neck, do you have a bump? If so, you may have found the button to your headache and neck pain. This bump is an unattractive mass of fat and muscle that your body builds over time and continues to grow. Unfortunately, this bump may only get worse with time, unless you change the arc in your neck, called your cervical curve. We may be able to accomplish this with chiropractic adjustments!
Causes of Forward Head Posture:
Most often a forward head posture is a combination of factors that resulted from an occurrence and is left unrecognized and treated over time. For instance an injury may be combined with poor posture most often produced from today’s tech savvy lifestyles, spinal misalignments, and stress.
Easily the most common injury to the neck is whiplash, the sudden, violent whipping motion of the head in an accident which is most often associated with a car accidents, but it can happen when playing sport, or any other time the head suffers this particular whipping trauma. When this happens, the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back are damaged, but the full effects of this may not be felt for weeks or even months. This is why anyone who suspects they may have suffered whiplash should be extremely careful not to aggravate it, even if they feel no immediate ill-effects. An assessment should be sought from a chiropractor, in case treatment is needed to minimize the effects and guard against possible irreversible damage.
Poor posture is one of the most common causes of neck pain which can cause headaches. Unlike sudden injuries, which we usually know have happened, bad posture occurs over time and is something we soon begin to feel as normal. Everyday activities such as texting or working on a computer for extended periods is certainly susceptible to developing a forward head posture and spinal misalignments.
These are extremely common in the neck and upper back area, thanks to the weight of your head resting on such an unstable part of your spine. The majority of spinal misalignments are centered around four areas:
The top of the cervical spine where it meets the skull
The middle of the cervical spine which supports the greatest weight of the head
The transition between the cervical and thoracic areas of the spine
The middle of the thoracic spine which supports the greatest weight of the upper body
Mental and emotional stress causes the muscles to tense, especially those in the back and neck. This “muscle guarding” is a primitive survival response to avoid injury in the face of danger, but it ends up causing injury when it happens for any length of time.
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