If you are one of the many Australians that suffers with neck pain, neck ache, or neck stiffness, you will be pleased to know that our proven chiropractic approach may offer the solution you have been searching for.
Neck pain is very common with about one in 10 people having it at any given time. This comes as no surprise when we consider the activities of modern life such as sitting in front of a computer, watching prolonged periods of television, and an increasing incidence of poor posture – particularly forward head posture.
Problems within the neck can also cause headache, shoulder pain, jaw pain, pins and needles in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome, and upper back pain. At Watsonia Chiropractic, we understand the cause of these symptoms and can help to treat them.
We encourage you to contact us for a thorough assessment with one of our chiropractors if you regularly experience any of the following:
• persistent neck ache first thing in the morning
• neck stiffness when reversing the car
• clicking neck noises when turning
• constantly aching neck muscles
• tingling in your hands or fingers
Causes of Neck Pain
By far the most common cause of neck pain relates to the effects of poor posture. In order to understand the impact of poor posture, we must first consider why spinal alignment within the neck is so important.
Your head weighs about 5 kgs and in normal alignment it is balanced on top of your seven neck bones (vertebrae). Your muscles work to maintain this position and easily withstand short periods of variation. Problems arise when we assume awkward positions for prolonged periods. The fine balance is disturbed and the nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments and discs of your neck become strained and irritated. In fact, the tension in your neck and shoulder muscles doubles for every 2-3 centimetre’s that your head is forward! Over time, the neck strain and pressure accumulates to a point where it becomes painful and even the smallest changes in posture cause significant effects. Coupled with the stresses and demands of modern life, it is no surprise why neck pain is so common.
Other common causes of neck pain that we see at Watsonia Chiropractic include whiplash, arthritis and sporting injuries.
Neck Pain Treatment in Watsonia
Thankfully, chiropractic offers a very effective treatment for neck pain. After conducting a complete history, orthopaedic and neurological examination, your Chiropractor will recommend a course of treatment that aims to reduce pressure, restore movement and prevent recurrence. Typically, your Chiropractor will recommend the following:
- postural advice and how to avoid further strain
- a series of spinal mobilisations to restore proper movement to the neck vertebrae
- massage to tight neck muscles
- neck exercises to encourage improved movement
- neck strengthening exercises
- heat/ice therapy to help manage your neck pain
- recommend a contoured pillow to provide correct support while sleeping.