In this world of high stress, long hours spent in front of the computer, and busy days, it seems like everyone has experienced some form of neck and shoulder pain/stiffness. The good news is there is an answer to your pain. Chiropractic is one of the most commonly used treatments for neck and shoulder pain. Stress or bad posture cause the muscles in your neck and upper back to get tight. Those muscles are the major muscles that attach to your cervical spine (your neck) and are responsible for moving your head and neck. When those muscles are tight, the vertebrae in your cervical spine cannot move normally. As a result, you start to develop pain and stiffness in your neck. Through chiropractic adjustments, normal motion can be restored to your neck. This, in turn, helps to relax the tight muscles and eliminate the pain. The doctor can also recommend simple exercises and stretches that will help to speed up the recovery process and return your posture and muscles to normal. These can be done long after treatment has stopped to prevent future flare-ups of neck pain.
Signs that you may need treatment for your neck pain include:
- decreased range of motion (can’t turn far enough to look back when driving)
- aching in the upper shoulder region
- aching below the skull at the top of your neck
- frequent headaches
- forward head carriage (head protrudes forward from the body)
- neck pain
If you have been suffering from neck and shoulder pain and want relief, you may want to consider seeing a chiropractor. Chiropractic treatment for the cervical spine (neck) is both safe and effective.