“It’s a pain in my neck!” We hear this often, and when neck pain turns chronic and just doesn’t go away no matter what you try, it’s very important to find the best chiropractor in Kingwood to help you address this problem. Neck pain makes everything worse, from trying to back your car out of the driveway, to lifting up your toddler, to trying to work and be productive on your computer. The pain can be intense and unrelenting and just seems to zap all your energy for the day. Neck problems can be the root cause of headaches, knots in the neck and upper body, muscle spasms and more. A stiff or immoveable neck from neck pain can cause postural stress, blood flow problems, nerve irritation, weak muscles and degeneration of the cervical spine.
Until you find out the root cause of your neck pain, it is very difficult to fix the problem and get better. Proving the right corrective, chiropractic care is the first critical step to experiencing short- and long-term recovery from neck pain. Let’s look at the causes of neck pain and explain how Kingwood chiropractic care can be a useful alternative to mainstream medicine treatments.
NECK PAIN TREATMENT IN KINGWOOD
The neck and its seven vertebrae play a key role in controlling proper posture. The head weighs about 10 pounds, and if the neck has proper alignment only 10 pounds of pressure is put on the neck joints and muscles. If our head moves forward just one inch, like most of us using a computer, the cervical vertebra now have 20 pounds of stress and pressure to deal with. If our head has translated three inches forward, this is most kids playing games today, there is an extra 30 pounds of stress on the cervical spine and up to 60 pounds of pressure on the neck muscles. The neck is meant to be very mobile, it’s joints have some of the most movement in the entire body. This makes sense just thinking about how many times we turn our neck every day to drive, talk to someone, moving an object, and even when we exercise. Yes, the neck is supposed to move a lot, but with increased movement comes extra wear and tear, joint irritation, injury, and pain. The most common causes of neck pain include:
- Injuries, such as whiplash and concussions.
- Poor sleeping position such as on your stomach, or arms overhead.
- Joint irritation and arthritis.
- Repetitive stress such as exercise, golfing, office work, physical jobs, driving and standing.
- Congenital problems with your spine, scoliosis, and other structural issues.
- Sprains and strains of muscles, tendons and ligaments.
- Postural stress from working on computers, driving, picking up things in front of you.
These neck aches and pains are often caused by postural stress and spinal compression. It is much easier than people think to have misalignments in the neck, your regular activities throughout the day put significant pressure and stress on the spine. Simply put, when muscles go into spasm, they pull the vertebra in your neck out of place or out of alignment. The nerves exit the spine on both sides of each vertebra, when the vertebra is misaligned, the nerves can be pinched. It is important to know that neck pain usually involves the spine, the nerves and the muscles, and a proper exam has to evaluate each one of these. It is very common for a patient with neck pain to eventually have shoulder pain, arm pain, hand pain and even numbness, all due to nerve irritation. The nerves flow from the spine to the spinal column, back and forth, and it is important to have 100% nerve flow. Dr. Hamel often asks his patients what percentage of nerve flow they would like to go to their muscles, heart, thyroid gland, stomach etc., and they always say, “Of course, 100%!”
Many of our community residents in Kingwood let their neck and spinal problems go uncorrected. People can be stubborn and often times they hope if they just give it more time, give it one more week, that their pain will miraculously go away. Of course, people can take Advil or Tylenol to help with the pain, but the reality of it is that stress on the vertebra and their misalignments have not gone away. When the neck pain issue is not corrected, there is always a good chance the problem will reoccur and often times will be a lot more severe. Chronic neck pain over time can really reduce the treatment options a person has. They may need to get pain shots, strong prescription medicine, or even surgery.
MAINSTREAM VS. ALTERNATIVE NECK PAIN TREATMENTS
Over-the-counter pain medication is a billion-dollar industry, and most people suffering with neck pain are going to try this route before doing anything else. Postural stress and compression in the neck is what is causing the neck pain, and while NSAIDS like Advil and Ibuprofen will help relieve some pain and inflammation, this is only a short-term solution. This is short term because the real cause of the problem has not been addressed, so the neck pain often times comes back in a week, a month, or down the road. There is the issue of side effects from taking too much medication, such as kidney and liver problems and major digestive issues. Getting a massage can help reduce muscle tension which is always beneficial, but when the issue is in the bone and joints of the cervical spine, the knots will come right back. Remember that neck pain often involves the spine, the nerves and the muscles, and all need to be addressed to get the best results.
Chiropractic care is a holistic therapy that addresses the structure of the spine. Misalignments and stress are causing the majority of neck pain, and they have to be corrected. Doctors of chiropractic will thoroughly examine a patient to find out the exact cause of the neck pain and how to fix it. The chiropractor’s job is to help the patient heal and repair more effectively, restoring proper alignment and function. Restoring proper alignment using gentle chiropractic adjustments can bring the patient instant relief and mobility to the neck. Call our team at Pinnacle Health and Wellness today to schedule an initial neck pain examination and consultation and begin the journey to ending the pain in your neck.