neck pain headache Precision Spinal Care Laguna Hills chiropractorYour neck is one of the most flexible parts of your body. Because of its range of motion, it’s subject to a great deal of stress. Although your neck is extremely flexible, it has the least amount of muscular stabilization. At the same time it must support and move your head, which may weigh as much as 16 lbs.

Your spinal cord sends nerve impulses to every part of the body. It connects to large bundles of nerves that run down the arms and the upper back.  As a result, sensation or pain in one part of your body can be triggered by a problem in another part. For example arm pain, numbness or tingly pins and needles feeling can be caused by a neck injury. Neck problems can cause headaches, upper back and shoulder muscle spasms, ringing in the ear and middle ear inflammation.

What are common causes of neck pain?

Poor posture, chiropractic subluxations, stress, disc problems and injuries are common causes. Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head, causing damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back. Whiplash can occur during a car accident or from sports. Unfortunately, whiplash may take a long time be symptomatic.

Often by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent. If you’ve been in an accident, it’s a mistake to think you’re injury free just because you have no pain.

Many people are hunched over their computers for long periods of time each day. This can also cause neck pain. It’s easy to fall into bad posture habits without noticing. Keeping your neck in a neutral position will minimize stress to your neck. If you must sit for extended time periods, make sure your posture is good. You should support your back and keep your knees a bit lower than your hips. Rest your arms when possible.

The cervical vertebrae consist of the top 7 bones of the upper spine called c1 to c7. There are a total of 24 bones in the human spine. Subluxations frequently occur at the top of the cervical spine at the base of the skull. It also frequently occurs at the center of the cervical spine, where there is a high degree of stress from the head.

Reducing stress can minimize pain

Stress causes muscle contraction. When this happens, your neck muscles are affected. To reduce neck pain from stress, it’s a good idea to increase your level of physical activity. Deep breathing is also effective. Decreasing the physical effects of stress can substantially reduce the amount of tightness and pain in your neck.

Your chiropractor can help relieve neck pain without costly, invasive procedures. You chiropractor can also give you an examination that will reveal areas that would benefit from the skills of chiropractic wellness. Contact us at Precision Spinal Care for a visit.