Poor Posture as the Cause of Neck Pain
Poor posture as a cause of neck pain is more popular then most might think. In the eyes of millions of americans, posture is just a cosmetic reflection of the bodies position in space. Rarely is it actually thought in our minds that poor posture as cause of neck pain. Neck pain is a common complaint. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it’s leaning into your computer at work or hunching over your workbench at home. Wear-and-tear arthritis also is a common cause of neck pain.
Rarely, neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Seek a chiropractor if your neck pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands or if you’re experiencing shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm. This is a sign that a nerve root could be involved meaning that there is something causing irritation to the nerve. This could be several things such as: bone spur, inflammation, or muscle spasm. A common culprit of neck pain is posture. As you can see in the picture above, for every inch the head moves forward, the pressure on the disc increases by 12 pounds. This increase in pressure increases the stress on the bones which can lead to osteoarthritis, but also can cause the muscles to tighten up. This tightness is usually found on the top of the shoulders and between the shoulder blades.
Treatment: The treatment for postural related neck pain is chiropractic adjustments and postural correction exercises. This treatment is done for several weeks to strengthen the inhibited or weak muscles responsible for the poor posture. The adjustments are done to get the joints that may not be moving correctly moving again. The exercises are done to then enforce the changes that are done to the joints. Results can be expected within a few weeks and can be accelerated with the use of massage therapy and also deep tissue laser therapy. We utilize a whole body vibration machine called the power plate that also decreases the amount of time needed to change the spine. Our primary goal is to get your spines shape as close to the ideal spine as possible.