It can be the result of an accident or injury, degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease, but sometimes our daily life and activities over time can cause chronic neck pain.
Poor posture, obesity, and weak abdominal muscles often disrupt spinal balance, causing the neck to bend forward to compensate. Stress and emotional tension can cause muscles to tighten and contract, resulting in pain and stiffness. Postural stress can contribute to chronic neck pain with symptoms extending into the upper back and the arms. (ACA Today)
Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain
During your initial visit to access and locate the source and type of pain you are experiencing, your doctor of chiropractic will also do physical and neurological exams. In the physical exam, your doctor will observe your posture, range of motion, and physical condition, noting movement that causes pain. Your doctor will feel your spine, note its curvature and alignment, and feel for muscle spasm. A check of your shoulder area is also in order. During the neurological exam, your doctor will test your reflexes, muscle strength, other nerve changes, and pain spread. After all exams and tests are given and reviewed a treatment plan will be discussed and implement over the next course of appointments to address misalignment, relieve pain and offer physical therapy exercises to strengthen the muscles that have been weakened from injury.
Exercise to Strengthen Neck and Shoulders
If you suffer from chronic neck and shoulder pain, especially due to overuse, here is an exercise to strengthen the neck and shoulder muscles:
Lateral Shoulder Raise with a resistance band–done as many times as possible within two minutes. The exercise, also known as shoulder abduction, consists of securing the resistance band, such as a Thera-Band, to the floor, and raising the arms away from the side of the body to a 90-degree angle.
Your doctor of chiropractic can relieve your pain and help you gain strengthen to return to wellness. For more information, please visit our website, www.chamberschiropratic.com.