Neck pain is a general term used to describe pain or discomfort of the cervical spine. Most people tend to think of the neck as a singular unit, however the neck is comprised of a system of bones, nerves, muscles, and discs. Because the neck is made up of several of the body’s systems, there could be a whole host of reasons why a person experiences pain or discomfort of the neck. Here at Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage in Edmonds, our team understands that neck pain can be benign in nature, but it can also be a sign of a serious condition with long term or permanent consequences. We encourage people who are experiencing neck pain to have it evaluated to determine the cause so proper neck pain treatment can be administered.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
The most common causes of neck pain include arthritis, herniated discs, improper posture while sitting or standing, an abnormal gait, ill-fitting footwear, overuse injuries, sports injuries, and other types of personal injuries. Text neck, or pain in the neck caused by strain and overuse of the neck while using computers and mobile devices, is another underrated source of neck pain. This type of neck pain can be just as damaging as any other.
Getting to the Root of the Problem
The goal of a chiropractor is to provide relief and correct the source of the pain. Many of the reasons people have neck pain can be attributed to the amount of pressure and strain they place on their cervical region. Many people fail to realize when their heads are tilted at a 30 degree angle, they are actually applying 30 pounds of pressure on their necks. This added pressure causes a misalignment of the spine, and applies pressure to discs. Here in our office, our chiropractor uses a combination of treatments to relieve pain and correct the source of the pain by realigning the spine. Some of the treatment modalities used in our office include but are not limited to: spinal adjustments, spinal decompression, massage therapy, ultrasound, and electromagnetic therapy.
Stop Living with Pain
You don’t have to continue to live with neck pain. Here at Optimal Health Chiropractic and Massage, our team is dedicated to working with you to meet your healthcare goals. We will teach you proper body mechanics and how to recognize when you need to make adjustments to your posture and gait to avoid further injury. Give us a call today at (425) 329-7266 to schedule an appointment.