There are many instances when normal day-to-day activities can cause or prompt neck pain. Sitting in front of the computer at work all day and picking up heavy objects, can all add to the wear and tear your body goes through as time goes by. With age, conditions such as degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis become more evident. Tension and stress caused by accidents also have a significant effect on your body. Some of the most common incidents that trigger neck pain are aging, automobile accidents, head trauma, bones or joint defects, poor posture, tumors, and autoimmune disorders, muscle strain, and degenerative diseases.
Those who experience chronic neck pain realize that this condition can get in the way of even the smallest of tasks. Chronic pain can be upsetting, but it can also be completely debilitating. Sleeping in an awkward position or for too long can result in a crick in the neck, or also called a stiff neck. Neck pain, a lessened range of neck motion, and stiffness are the common signs of this conditions; the symptoms can also range from minor, where you feel mild stiffness, to severe, where you can’t move your neck at all.
Dr. Goodman will perform a thorough chiropractic exam to help identify the root cause of your neck pain – before it leads to other problems such as neck pain with migraine, herniated discs, and pinched nerves.
First, Dr. Goodman will address the problem with a careful adjustment of our neck. She will carefully evaluate your spine the determine the bone and joint areas that are misaligned and work to adjust them. Depending on each patient’s case, she may recommend exercises or stretches to help after the bones have been put back and aligned correctly.
Dr. Goodman will also check how and when you’re sleeping. If the source of your constant neck pain is the way you have been sleeping, then that will undoubtedly need to be improved to avoid future problems and keep your spine in tiptop shape. We strongly suggest to not sleep on your stomach as it will result in neck pain. If you have been sleeping on your stomach, we recommend that you work on sleeping on your back or side instead.
Additionally, we suggest that you check what kind of pillow you use. Keep in mind that your spine should be in line with your head when you’re laying down; your head shouldn’t be too highly raised. Good pillows are made to support our neck – not our head. Get a pillow that is as high as the space between your shoulder and ear.
This type of pain can manifest in many ways. Some patients grind their teeth, putting too much pressure on the jawbone and the muscles around it – which leads to tension and pain. Others experience it from having poor sleeping or normal posture. Spinal misalignment may be the result of jaw pain, specifically in the cervical area. Neck pain and headaches are common and can make the body offset the misalignment that can lead to additional strain.
Additionally, one of the underlying causes of this condition may be a TMJ or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. TMJ neck pain occurs from a dysfunctional jaw and the muscles, including the neck, around it goes into spasm. Symptoms of a TMJ disorder can include jaw “popping,” headaches, and the inability to open the mouth fully.
Through consultation with Dr. Goodman, we can expertly observe and pinpoint the origin of your misalignment. She will then start to correct the issue by using a variety of chiropractic techniques on the cervical spine and the muscles around it. The treatment methods include nerve and joint alignment with gentle pressure. Depending on your condition, a massage to relax the muscles and allow the bones to heal may also be included.
At HOT Chiropractic, we firmly believe that focusing on treating what the actual problem is will bring ultimate relief to our patients. Dr. Goodman also explains in full detail all of the chiropractic treatment and wellness options available to them. Doing so will reduce the stress and anxiety of our patients so they can respond positively to the treatment.
If you have any other questions about your neck pain and how it may be related to your jaw, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Typically, headaches are associated with muscle strain in the neck. Since we engage in sedentary activities today, a majority of our time is spent in a single fixed posture, such as sitting on a desk in front of a computer. This is the usual cause of muscle tension and can lead to neck pain with migraine.
Dr. Goodman is experienced in performing chiropractic adjustments to help improve spinal function and alleviate the pain and stress on your system. Call us today to schedule a consultation.
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