Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it’s leaning over your computer or hunching over your workbench.
Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by numerous other spinal problems. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back, or pinching of the nerves emanating from the cervical vertebrae. Joint disruption in the neck creates pain, as does joint disruption in the upper back. The head is supported by the lower neck and upper back, and it is these areas that commonly cause neck pain. The top three joints in the neck allow for most movement of the neck and head. The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back create a supportive structure for the head to sit on. If this support system is affected adversely, then the muscles in the area will tighten, leading to neck pain.
Neck pain affects about 5% of the global population as of 2010.
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Although symptoms vary based on cause and severity, the most common symptoms include:
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle tightness
- Trouble bending and rotating your neck
- Numbness, weakness, or tingling
The appropriate chiropractic treatment is unique to each neck pain and is directed at the primary dysfunctions detected during the chiropractic exam.