5 Common Causes Of Neck Pain
Neck pain is a very common complaint whether you are young or old. Even children can suffer from it. There are reasons why most of us, at some stage in our lives, will experience neck pain, stiffness of the neck or even chronic neck pain. This post will look at 5 common causes and what you can do to help prevent debilitating neck pain and a visit to the chiropractor.
#1 – Bad Sleeping Positions
How many times have people got out of bed in the morning only to find they are suffering from a stiff neck or pain in the neck. Poor sleeping positions are probably the most common cause of problems with the neck.
It’s not just how we sleep that can cause neck stiffness and misalignment either, but also the kind of bed or surface we sleep on and the quality and style of pillows we use.
First you need to determine what position you most regularly sleep in:
- Stomach sleeper
- Back sleeper
- Side sleeper
Once you know this, then set about buying a pillow designed for your particular sleeping style. The right pillow will go a long way towards making sure you wake up the next day with a neck free of stiffness and pain.
#2 – Bad Posture
Poor posture will cause both neck problems and back pain, so developing good posture when both sitting or standing is vital to help ensure a pain-free neck. Long periods spent slouched in front of the computer can lead to chronic neck pain. Be aware of your posture at all times and correct it if you find yourself slouching, standing with your head down, or walking with a stooped stance.
#3 – Sports Injuries
Contact sports are especially renowned for causing neck injuries. Some neck injuries can be serious and lead to paralysis. While not all sports injuries to the neck are as serious as that, without care and proper treatment from a doctor or professional chiropractic care facility, the injury can keep on occurring and lead to chronic neck problems in the future.
#4 – Pain Through Repetition
Constant repetitive movements in any part of the body can lead to RSI or arthritis conditions, as well as injuries. When it comes to the neck area, activities such as swimming and ballroom dancing or ballet – activities where there is constant turning and twisting of the neck – can lead to chronic stiffness and pain.
If you are suffering neck problems due to repetitive movements, then seek the help and advice of your local chiropractic centre.
#5 – Whiplash
Whiplash occurs from a sudden jolt or jarring of the neck, something that is very common in car accidents. Soft tissues along the cervical spine can rupture as a result and vertebrae can be dislodged.
If you suffer from any kind of neck stiffness or pain, book an appointment with the professionals at Helensvale Chiropractic Centre on the Gold Coast.
BY: Helensvale Chiropractic
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