If you’ve ever gotten a kink in your neck, but you’re note sure where it came from, then this is the blog for you. That kink didn’t just come out of nowhere. There are in fact many things you could have done that may have caused that soar neck, and we’ll explore those things in this blog.
What many people don’t realize is that there are things they may do everyday that may be the source of their neck pain, and you may have done one of those everyday activities that cause neck pain without knowing it.
Neck Pain and Everyday Activities
A simple and often times unnoticed way that a person may strain their neck is if they move their neck in prolonged and repeated way. This could could to a person spraining their neck, which happens when the ligaments in the neck are torn, or it may cause a spasm in the neck muscles. There are several ways a person might sprain their neck or cause spasms in their neck, which we listed below:
- Overstretching your neck for long periods of time so as to see the television better, look at the computer, talk on the phone (cradling the phone between your neck and shoulder), etc.
- Twisting and bending your neck by sleeping on your stomach
- Tensing muscles that connect your head, neck, and should because you are stressed or are overly focused
- Using your fist or arm to prop your head for long periods of time.
- Overusing your upper body and arms to paint surfaces overhead, serving a tennis ball, or other activities that require a similar overhead motion
- Using a pillow to sleep with so as to prop your neck up, so it is above your shoulders, or sleeping without a pillow or with a pillow that’s too flat.
Upper Cervical and Your Neck Pain
So, there are some simple, everyday activities that may be the cause of your neck pain. This knowledge should help you think back to how you may have strained those ligaments in your neck, so you can stop doing those activities.
Once you stop doing whatever activity is causing your neck pain, you may begin to sense relief. If you don’t that is alright because it is always a good idea to seek out the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. They will examine your neck for any misalignments in your upper cervical spine caused by overstretching your neck ligaments. If they find any misalignments, they will make the necessary adjustment so as to realign your neck, so the body is able to begin to heal itself.
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Dr. Kyrie Kleinfelter and Associates of 1st Place Chiropractic of St. Charles Illinois are St. Charles Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Geneva, Elgin, Wheaton and Batavia. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems for children and adults, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and autoimmune disorders. More information can be found on their website at 1stplacechiropractic.com.