Neck pain is relatively common among adults and can have many root causes. The neck consists of the cervical vertebrae and discs, as well as ligaments and muscles that support the head and allow for its movement.
There are some simple strategies that can be incorporated into daily life to help prevent neck pain.
Staying hydrated helps the discs between vertebrae maintain their structure and resiliency. Regular stretches targeting the muscles of the neck can help reduce pain and stiffness. (Check out these simple stretches here.)
Practicing good posture and maintaining proper spinal alignment throughout your day can help with pain management and reduce risk of injury. Take frequent breaks throughout the day to move. Whether you’re working at a computer, reading, watching TV or even using your phone, give yourself plenty of opportunities to move about.
Give your neck the support it deserves. Use a pillow that offers comfortable support for your head while maintaining proper spinal alignment during sleep. Eat a magnesium-rich diet including: fruits and vegetables, beans and whole grains. Magnesium can also be absorbed through the skin by soaking in an epsom salt bath. Magnesium aids in the healthy function of muscles, assisting with the contraction and relaxation of muscles.
Neck pain can be the result of sudden injury or trauma, or it can develop over time due to poor posture, overuse or daily wear and tear. Other symptoms that can accompany neck pain are stiffness of the neck; tingling, numbness or weakness of the arms, hands and/or fingers; and headaches.
Cervical discs absorb shock between the bones. Any abnormalities, inflammation or injury can cause neck pain or stiffness. Some simple ways to help alleviate neck pain include: treating the affected area with an ice pack to help reduce inflammation, change position frequently while working to avoid stiffness, stretch regularly to help keep the muscles from tightening.
Chiropractic manipulations are effective at treating neck pain that results from cervical misalignment. Traction is also a therapeutic treatment that can be used as an alternative to surgery for bulging cervical discs. The professionals at Norburg Chiropractic can work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.