Neck Pain & Headaches
Your neck supports the weight and movement of your head and also contains the vast majority of nerves that connect from your brain to the rest of your body. With the amount of driving, computer work and other daily activities that most of us do, most of us will suffer with neck pain at some point in our lives.
Neck pain can be caused by the long-term effect of poor posture from bending, repetitive lifting or manual work. Losing the proper movement in the joints of your neck may interfere with the healthy working of the nerves that run through it causing irritation to these nerves. This, in turn, can lead to pain where the nerves end – ‘referred pain‘. We may treat your neck for problems with your head, neck, shoulders and arms.
Whiplash injuries need not be the result of car accidents. A slip or fall can give you a whiplash-type injury and sudden movement, especially if repetitive, may cause injury as well. Normally, the joints at the back of your neck glide over each other and are self-lubricated but a whiplash injury forces them together, damaging the surrounding area, which includes nerves, muscles, ligaments and discs.
Damage from a whiplash-type injury can give a variety of symptoms including:
- light headedness
- neck pain
- arm pain
- poor concentration.
A British Chiropractor Association (BCA) chiropractor, like us at In-Health Family Chiropractic, will carry out a full examination (which may include an X-ray) and take a thorough history before advising an appropriate treatment programme for you. Treatment for these kinds of injuries involves often gentle, specific adjustments to your neck.
This will decrease pain and restore normal movement to the area, aiming to ensure that each joint is working at its best. Some chiropractors use rehabilitation techniques to retrain those receptors that may have been damaged through a whiplash injury, as well as doing supervised neck strengthening exercises.
Causes and Treatments
Headaches are common and almost everyone takes the odd one now and again for granted. You may however be suffering with more than you can cope with and chiropractors can treat many of the causes of headaches.
Chiropractic care may help to relieve tightness in your neck muscles due to stress and tension in your neck, shoulders and back. Chiropractic treatment may also be effective in the treatment of headaches that are the result of an injury or repetitive strain to your neck. Problems affecting the bones in your neck (vertebrae) can cause headaches and be a contributory factor in very severe headaches.
We can identify stiffness in the joints of the neck and by treating them, improve their movement and relieve the muscle spasm and nerve irritation that may be causing the problem.