Neck Pain is an increasing phenomenon in the healthcare field. It is increasing in both intensity, frequency and severity of episodes. The reason is simple. As we work more at our desks, live fast paced and hectic lives, we place more stress and strain on the upper back and neck regions of our spines.
Neck pain although felt in the neck, can be caused by numerous other spinal issues. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back. 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; it is these areas that commonly cause neck pain. The top three joints in the neck allow for most movement of your neck and head. The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back create a supportive structure for your 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 is treated by numerous physical therapies. They range in complexity depending on the severity and underlying causes of the pain. Chiropractic adjustments are safe and are often applied to the joints to help restore proper movement and function. Neck pain can also be eased via many self help techniques such as stretching, strength building exercises and/or home ice or heat therapy.