Neck pain is such a common condition that you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t experienced it at some point. Neck pain can arise for many reasons, but the one thing they all have in common is an increase in stress and strain on the spine.
- Overuse of mobile technology – This is quickly becoming one of the biggest factors in neck pain. Flexing the neck down to look at your phone or tablet for extended periods of time puts an abnormal strain on the structures of the neck.
- Repetitive motion injuries – Moving the neck repeatedly in the same way over and over can cause chronic neck pain.
- Stress – Coping with stress can cause the shoulders to tense and elevate, which can lead to neck tension and even headaches.
- Sleep position – People who sleep on their stomach are particularly vulnerable to developing neck pain since the head is rotated maximally to one side through the night.
Paying attention to these factors might help to prevent an episode of neck pain, but if your neck is already stiff and sore, then there may be other factors at play.
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Correcting the Cause of Neck Pain
If adjusting your habits hasn’t led to a complete resolution of your neck pain, then the odds are good that it caused a misalignment of the topmost vertebra in your neck. That vertebra, your atlas (C1), is the most freely movable one of the entire spine and is responsible for carrying the weight of your head. In addition, the atlas forms a protective ring around the brainstem, a crucial part of the body’s nervous system that is responsible for regulating many of the body’s life-sustaining functions.
At Crowder Specific Chiropractic, we don’t just look to provide our patients with temporary neck pain relief. Our goal is to find and correct atlas misalignments so that the entire neck can move and function the way it was designed to. Modifying any bad habits along with addressing any spinal issues with upper cervical specific chiropractic care can lead to neck pain relief that is both natural and long lasting.
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