What are some of the causes and symptoms of Neck Pain?
Neck pain is a common complaint among Australians which can be caused by poor posture, overuse or an injury.
Australians on average spend 10 hours and 24 minutes engaging with smart devices everyday.1 When the head falls forward for prolonged periods, such as when we look down at a computer or phone, the neck is very prone to overuse and strain. This can lead to inflammation of the neck due to overuse, the nerves becoming irritated, and long-term degeneration (arthritis) may create reversal of the natural curve of the neck.
Common Neck Pain Conditions and Symptoms we help relieve at Wynyard Chiropractic
- Longstanding or unrelenting neck pain with or without nerve irritation/pinching, known as cervical radiculopathy
- Headaches, moments of disorientation, altered vision, lack of concentration or fuzziness of thinking
- Postural pain or stiffness due to poor ergonomics in the work environment
- Osteoarthritis associated stiffness or pain
- “Wry neck” or torticollis as it is correctly known
- Acute injury such as whiplash
Neck Pain & Your Chiropractic Consultation
At Wynyard Chiropractic, we take the time to asses everyone individually as no two spines are ever the same. The options for care will be discussed by your practitioner, which are patient centred and tailored to your needs as there is no “one size fits all” adjustment. As part of a thorough consultation, our chiropractors will assess and chat to you about your current and previous neck problems, previous injuries, posture, workplace ergonomics, daily habits, types of exercises and even your diet to understand the underlying causes of your current issue.
Our chiropractors will then examine movement restrictions of the neck and shoulders, along with a thorough examination of nerve function as our starting point. The appropriateness of chiropractic adjustments for your neck will be dependent on the how it moves, age, previous injuries and experience, and patient choice.
Traditionally, chiropractic care has been centred around the use of spinal adjustments to restore movement. Adjustments can be specific movements or pressure applied to the spine at key points to restore movement of each involved segment, which importantly stimulates the nervous system to normalise its function. Your care may consist of a combination of adjustments, dry needling, cold laser, massage, exercises, stretches, postural advice, lifestyle advice and more.
The Chiropractic Approach to Neck Pain
Vital Functionality of our Necks
The neck (or correctly known as the cervical spine) serves a unique function to allow the brain to position the head in space.5 The neck is a coordinated network of nerves, bones, joints, and muscles controlled by the brain and the spinal cord.6
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