Neck pain can result from muscle tension caused by stress and fatigue, and this tension often leads to headaches, migraines or other pain. In addition, muscle tension can put extra pressure on the joints of the neck which can irritate the spinal nerves supplying various body areas.
In fact, this can give rise to:
- ‘referred’ pain (the irritation of the nerve in one area can sometimes lead to pain, known as ‘referred’ pain, in other parts of the body)
- pins and needles,
in your shoulders, arms and hands.
Chiropractic has been proved to be a more effective alternative to conventional remedies such as painkillers or visit to the hospital.
Chiropractic care in such condition consists of:
- relieving muscle tension my soft and deep tissue work,
- neck and/or shoulder adjustment that will free up joints and relieve pressure on the nerves,
- passive stretch to ligamentous structures around the affected area a, often, surrounding tissues also spasm as a result of inflammation and damage,
- postural advice,
- home exercises.
Research has showed that mechanical neck pain usually resolves within four to eight visits of chiropractic care; however, regular checkups are advised.