Here’s a nice video about how Beaverton, OR residents are finding relief through chiropractic care.
Now for a little segment I like to call, Ask Dr. T. Today’s question is this: “Hey Doc, I have this pain in my neck. I think it’s just a tight muscle, but I’m not sure. What do you think?”
I hear this question a lot, and my answer is that it’s rarely just a tight muscle. You cannot affect a vertebra without affecting a muscle and vice versa. So which came first? Hard to say, but a good bet is that it’s the bone’s fault.
Neck pain is one of the most common conditions I see in the clinic, and the cause is overwhelmingly due to vertebral malpositions that put undue stress on the joints of the neck and the soft tissues that support it.
3 Common causes of malpositions in the neck:
- Poor posture: Prolonged sitting leads to slouched posture, straightening the natural curve in your neck that is meant to absorb shock.
- Whiplash: The whipping motion of the neck during a motor vehicle collision (even at low speeds) forces the vertebrae out of proper alignment.
- Degenerative conditions: Arthritis, stenosis, and degenerative disc disease are all due to long term stress on your cervical (neck) vertebrae and are related to abnormal vertebral alignment.
What to do about it:
Don’t just sit there (literally). The simplest thing you can do is avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time. Take mini breaks at least once per hour. This can be as simple as standing to stretch and breath deeply for 30 seconds. If your neck pain lasts longer than a few days, is severe, or if it radiates into your arms, give us a call to schedule your appointment ASAP.
Yours in health