As soon as I tweaked my back, I knew that I had a serious problem. I couldn't stand up straight and the pain was excruciating. I tried to hobble to the car, but I realized that I would need help. That day, my wife drove me to the nearest chiropractor, and that doctor helped me more than I thought was possible. After evaluating my condition, he informed me that I had a herniated disc in my back. In addition to adjusting my back to alleviate the pressure, the doctor also recommended some strengthening exercises that he said would help. These days, I can walk pain-free because of my chiropractor. Check out this blog to learn how a chiropractor can help you.
Neck pain can be quite debilitating, and you don't even have to have a serious injury to encounter the sharp twangs or ongoing aches in your neck, shoulders, and upper spine. If you have been encountering neck pain but can't recall any serious injury that you can blame your symptoms on, it's helpful to know other ways you can experience neck pain from every-day activities. Here are some ways you can have neck pain without having any real injury as a cause.
Sleeping in the wrong position
Neck pain can be caused by your sleeping patterns. If you sleep on a flat or hard pillow that does not support your neck or upper spine, you can put pressure on your neck muscles and cause strain on your tendons. This can lead to a stiff neck or pain when moving your head side-to-side during the day. Try switching to a curved pillow with a neck support, or get a pillow cover with memory foam in it to alleviate pressure on your neck and spine. A visit to your chiropractor can help reduce the painful symptoms you are experiencing, such as headaches, difficulty in the range of your neck motion, and even nausea from your ongoing discomfort.
Carrying heavy bags
A backpack, purse, or another heavy bag can distribute weight unevenly along your spine, especially if you use a single shoulder strap to carry your bags. This can lead to deep aches in your shoulder or neck, especially on the side you carry your bags on. Try to alternate the side of your body you carry your bags on, or use both straps of a backpack (make sure to adjust the straps so your bag does not fall below your lower spine for the best comfort). If your neck pain continues after making changes in how you carry your bags, make an appointment with your chiropractor to see if you need adjustment of your upper spine due to poor weight distribution.
Sitting at work
If you sit down for a majority of your work day, your posture may be to blame for your neck pain. Sitting hunched over a desk places pressure on your lower spine, and a desk that is not even with your elbows can cause you to reach up or bend down to perform paperwork or type on your computer. Not only does poor posture create neck pain in many people, it can also cause issues with the shoulders and lower back as well. Invest in a chair with lumbar support for better back protection and adjust your chair so your elbows are even with your desk for greater comfort. If your symptoms don't go away, your chiropractor can give you a spine and neck readjustments and give you further instructions on proper posture.
Dealing with neck pain can be exhausting. Learning what can cause neck pain that is unrelated to an injury can help reduce your symptoms. If you are experiencing debilitating neck pain no matter what you do, see your chiropractor for further diagnosis and treatment.