Chronic neck pain can really ruin your life. It doesn’t always start with whiplash or another type of injury. Neck pain and stiffness are only symptoms of a more significant issue – one that can lead to headaches, migraines, shoulder, arm, and hand issues like carpal tunnel.
Awkward sleeping positions, poor posture, and long hours at a computer also increase neck pain and related symptoms. Although you can't always avoid unexpected injuries, you can make some lifestyle changes to reduce ongoing aggravation caused by poor posture or repetitive movement.
Staying active, taking periodic breaks to stretch throughout the day, and setting up your workstation to minimize stress on your spine can dramatically reduce neck pain. However, a pinched nerve, or degeneration from an injury to your neck, can cause a domino effect on your health. Symptoms include headaches, shoulder aches and stiffness, and pain or numbness in your arms and hands.
When a pain in your neck is a pain in your arms
Cervical radiculopathy is the medical term for when a spinal disc in your neck is irritating or compressing a nerve root, causing pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm and hand. Specific neck movements, like twisting or bending, may increase the pain. This can happen because of injury or degenerative changes in the spine. A pinched nerve in your neck can cause a lot of pain, and it can be tempting to reach for medications to find relief.
The good news is that over 95 percent of people get well with natural healthcare like chiropractic. The Annals of Internal Medicine found that chiropractic adjustments provided more pain relief than medication for people suffering from neck pain. The relief was long-lasting. The patients in the study experienced statistically significant relief up to one year after the initial treatment.
When a pain in your neck is giving you a headache
You know that feeling – the one where you start to feel a headache coming on. For many people, it is a daily occurrence and often begins in the neck and shoulders. Tight muscles around your neck can result in tension headaches. If you sit at a computer all day, your posture may also be contributing to a decreased range of motion, premature degenerative changes in your spine, and headaches.
There are a few simple steps you can take to help you feel less pain, increase your energy, and fend off those degenerative changes. New evidence-based guidelines strongly recommend a combination of exercise, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments to help reduce neck pain, headaches, and muscle tension.
The safe and effective treatment of neck-related pain and injuries without medication
Many people are nervous about starting chiropractic care. The truth is that chiropractic care is safer than many medications and has far less risk than surgery. In 2007, SPINE (one of the world's most respected research journals) looked at data from over 50,000 chiropractic adjustments given to nearly 20,000 patients. They found chiropractic care to be incredibly safe and effective.
- Chiropractic has an extremely high patient satisfaction score of over 94 percent
- 85 percent of people receiving chiropractic adjustments for acute neck pain experienced significant improvement
- SPINE examined nearly 20,000 patients and found zero complications
- Discs in your neck can compress or irritate your nerves causing pain, numbness, or weakness
- Research has shown that adjustments were more effective than medication in the short and long-term
Chiropractors are trained to help you proactively combat neck pain and to prevent it from showing up in the first place. Ask us about some simple stretches and exercises you can perform to help improve your range of motion while keeping your discs and nerves healthy and happy.
Chronic neck pain can be reduced by up to 75 percent or more after chiropractic adjustments.
People love chiropractic care not only because of the pain relief they receive but also because chiropractors can help them to live a healthier lifestyle. Chiropractors are trained to help you proactively combat neck pain and to prevent it from showing up in the first place. Ask us about some simple stretches and exercises you can perform to help improve your range of motion while keeping your discs and nerves healthy and happy.
Join us for this month’s Body Signals Workshop and find out how to stop a small pain in your neck from blowing up into a big pain in your body.
FREE online workshop: Learn how to stop neck pain forever
Date: Monday, August 24 at 12:30 PM PST