Today’s modern living often entails hours of driving and hunching over workstations, which can play havoc with our necks. So it is no surprise that neck pain is the second most common condition that chiropractors treat.
Whilst neck pain is less common than low back pain, millions of people experience neck pain and related arm pain at some stage in their lives and therefore seek chiropractic care.
Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head backwards and forwards or sideways, are referred to as “whiplash”. Whether from a car accident, sporting injury or an accident at work, whiplash or neck injuries warrant a thorough chiropractic examination.
Wear and Tear, Osteoarthritis or Joint Degeneration occurs due to the accumulation of stresses over time. Throughout life the spine is required to withstand considerable weight bearing strain, purely as a result of the pressures of daily living.
The overall effects of degenerative changes of the spine, leads to a feeling of stiffness and reduced spinal mobility. However, just like any other part of the body, the better care that is taken of the spine, the less degeneration is likely to occur.
Chiropractic treatment can be very effective for the symptoms caused by wear and tear. It is never too late to take proper care of the spine and slow down the ageing process.
Chiropractors recognise that poor posture can contribute to spinal pain. Very often poor posture is a result of an existing muscle imbalance, pain or bad habits A slumped posture causes increased musculo-skeletal stress, which in turn may lead to conditions such as; headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, shoulder pain, numbness or tingling in the arms or hands & pain in the shoulder blades.
If you work in an office, sitting is part of what you have to do, but too much sitting is not good for you.
Sitting doubles the pressure on the discs in your low back. The static posture will also affect the muscles in the lower back, neck, arms and legs.
The muscles prefer to be used in dynamic rather than static activities. The reason being that they depend on movement to maintain normal tone. The postural muscles are the ones that are most likely to suffer.
Prolonged sitting can cause muscles that support the spine to weaken and over time this weakness becomes significant. As our muscles fatigue it often results in the upper back being more slumped.
Over time a poor sitting posture and incorrect work ergonomics can damage spinal structures and become the cause of recurrent episodes of pain. Chiropractors place great emphasis on giving both postural and ergonomic advice as part of the chiropractic treatment.
Once symptoms have arisen, the problem is usually fully established and a chiropractic treatment program including postural advice, manual treatment (chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy) and rehabilitation exercises help to re-establish a flexible, strong and pain-free posture.
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