Chiropractic care at Muswell Hill North London may be able to help with this
Your neck is the most vulnerable part of your spine. Not only does it support your 5 Kg (12 pounds) head and maintain a gentle forward curve, it must also allow the free flow of nerve impulses to the head, face, hands and the rest of your body. Besides discomfort and annoyance, chronic neck pain can be a sign that something is wrong.
Every day activities can cause neck pain!
Improper telephone use is one of many causes of neck pain, one activity which causes a lot of neck stress is holding the phone between your neck and shoulder. Many other everyday activities can cause neck pain, such as watching TV, using your computer, reading a book or falling asleep in a chair or on an aeroplane. The temporary pain that results can resolve on its own, especially when the offending activity is discontinued. When it doesn’t, then it may need to be investigated.
How an examination by a Chiropractor can help
A thorough examination can reveal the likely cause(s) of neck pain and suggest the best approach for optimum results. A thorough examination should also determine if you’re a good candidate for Chiropractic care. These tests may involve your ability to turn and bend. Muscle tone of the supporting muscles in the neck may be tested. X-rays to reveal the underlying structure of the spine may be requested. These and other tests are designed to identify the cause and location of your neck pain.
Can Chiropractic help?
The most common cause of neck pain is functional distortions in the spine resulting from vertebral subluxations. (Misalignment of the spine). These subluxations can be associated with cases such as arthritis, whiplash and joint instability. The body responds by tightening muscles in the neck, ‘splinting’ the joint to protect it from further insult. Chiropractic care may be able to help.
Degenerative changes such as bone spurs, disc thinning and other forms of spinal decay are unfortunately permanent, however it may be possible to bring about some pain relief. These types of problems respond more slowly and some type of on-going supportive Chiropractic care may help.
Our response to stress is another common cause of neck pain e.g. deadlines, rush-hour traffic, over commitments, work pressures, family obligations etc.
If the weakest link in our bodies is our neck, stress shows up there. While Chiropractic care cannot reduce the stress of your busy life, it can help improve your ability to handle and tolerate it.
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