An All-Natural Way to Relieve & Heal Neck Pain
The neck (also known as the cervical region of the spine) is a crucial part of the human body. Unlike some other vital parts of the body, such as organs, the neck is exposed and prone to injury because we move and use our neck constantly throughout the day. Typically, when you experience neck pain, it is also common to also experience pain in connected areas, such as the shoulders, back, jaw, and head.
Acting as a bridge between your head and your body, your neck is made up of seven vertebra and is supported by many muscles and ligaments. Neck pain most often occurs when the joints, muscles and ligaments in the neck become irritated or inflamed. Irritation and inflammation in the neck is caused by your bones becoming misaligned, or what us Chiropractors call a subluxation.
Neck pain can range from minor and easily ignored, to excruciating and debilitating. When combined with other symptoms it can also indicate immediate medical attention is needed.
What Causes Neck Pain?
The neck possesses a small, but critical anatomical structure. To say the least, this is one complex area we’re talking about. And with such intricacy comes the risk for pain, injury, degenerative conditions, and restricted movement. Below are five common causes of neck pain.
- Degeneration: The vertebra and discs in the neck will wear down with age, especially if you have not properly cared for your spine. As they degenerate, a person may experience chronic, or persistent, pain in the neck.
- Muscle Strain or Injury: Neck pain without an apparent cause often results from a minor sprain or tear to the muscle tissue. Sometimes this can be a result of repetitive overuse of neck motion, poor sleeping positions and posture.
- Poor Posture: Neck pain can sometimes be due to poor posture. Holding the neck out of alignment for extended periods can strain the muscles. This is particularly true when a person is bent forward at a desk for several hours during the day.
- Whiplash or Sudden Force: Whiplash is described as an injury to the neck where the head jolts forward and then back very quickly. Most common in relation to car accidents, but it can also occur as a result of sporting activities and other sudden movements.
- Stress & Anxiety: Emotional stressors can take a toll on us physically. Stress may cause the muscles to tighten. People often talk about holding tension in their neck and back, and they may feel pain from the excess strain.
What is Principled Chiropractic?
While all chiropractic care focuses on healing the body through the spine, Principled Chiropractic is different in that it operates solely on a model designed to maintain and preserve optimal lifelong health. It doesn’t just seek to correct the current condition and symptoms, but to enhance healing throughout the life.
While most chiropractic methods provide effective temporary relief, true principled correction has lifelong benefits, correcting underlying major causes of ailments rather than simply addressing minor surface problems. Our society functions too much on a “sick care” model, which treats symptoms after they arise; Dr. Evan Pridmore recommends regular preventative care to maintain spinal health for years.
How Can Principled Chiropractic Help Heal Neck Pain?
Principled Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve swelling and discomfort caused by neck pain. Principled chiropractic care provides people with a safe, non-invasive, all-natural alternative to prescription pain medications or over-the-counter pain medications, and focuses on healing the root cause of the neck pain.
Dr. Evan Pridmore delivers gentle, non-invasive chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments reduce misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body to achieve a reduction in inflammation and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system. By increasing mobility and improving your nervous system function, your body has the ability to better manage the discomfort in the neck.
What Should I Do For My Neck Pain?
Would you wait until your engine freezes up before changing your oil? Of course you wouldn’t. Even more appropriate, would you wait until you’ve got a gum infection before you start brushing your teeth? The same applies to the health of your spine. Never wait for pain or injury—practice routine maintenance on your body instead!