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Neck Pain

Neck pain is a very common problem, especially among people over the age of 50. If you experience neck pain often enough that it affects your daily life, makes you irritable, or requires over the counter or prescription drugs like muscle relaxers, you may want to consider other types of treatment for a more long term solution. Often the therapies and treatments available at Advance Health and Wellness can do just that.

No matter your age, pain in your neck is just that… a pain in the neck! There is definitely a reason why this phrase has come to mean annoying and bothersome. When you experience this type of pain, it can be anywhere in your neck, and often spreads to the top of your shoulders, upper back, or even your arms. It can cause headaches or migraines as well. You could feel a burning sensation, a tightness or stiffness, or a “crunchy” feeling in your neck and joints. Obviously, any pain that isn’t just localized, but can and does spread, is not something anyone wants to go through.

The causes of neck pain can range from an accident or injury, to bad posture, to everyday strain. Many times our everyday activities, such as sitting at a desk all day, staring at a computer screen, standing on your feet for hours on end, or even looking down at a smart phone or tablet checking social media can add to the stress and strain that cause neck pain. Typically we don’t even think of these things as causing strain while we are doing them, but they are nonetheless.

Doing certain exercises like weightlifting, or repetitive motions like those involved in sporting activities, such as football, baseball, basketball, bowling, swimming, or kayaking down the Cumberland, can also result in neck pain. Getting into shape and staying active are very important for your body and overall health, but at the same time, it is easy to strain a muscle or cause a minor injury while doing so. This should not stop you from being active, however, because exercising and toning your muscles, as well as stretching them often, are all good ways to prevent neck pain and injury from reoccurring.

Surprisingly, one of the most common causes of neck pain is actually poor posture. In times past, sitting and standing up straight were not only signs of a good upbringing and “class”, but they were something that mothers and grandmothers from all walks of life harked on and scolded for constantly. Nowadays, it is not as common for us to be told to maintain good posture, or for us to think of it at all. This can result in slouching or leaning forward while sitting or walking, both of which will put unnecessary strain on your neck, back, and shoulders. When one thing is out of line and being strained in this way, it often causes the whole network of muscles and joints to overexert themselves attempting to correct the problem. When this happens, so does the pain.

Whether it is chronic, lasting for days or weeks or more, or a passing problem you go through a few times a month, there can be relief for neck pain that does not require harmful and costly medications or risky surgeries.