Having a pain in the neck is so common that we use that same phrase to describe an annoying person – everyone can relate to it! Neck pain can often resolve quickly by itself. If it happens to last longer than usual or gets worse, you need to have it looked at. After reading this, you’ll know why it’s good to have your neck checked even if you don’t have pain!
Reasons for Neck Discomfort
Neck discomfort is usually due to one of two reasons: Over-use or Under-use. When we over-use our neck, we strain and stress the muscles and joints (this includes traumatic injuries to the neck like whiplash), creating micro-trauma and restrictions in the joints as well as sprains/strains in the soft tissue. When we under-use our neck, such as being stuck in a poor posture for a while or sleeping on a bad pillow, misalignments can occur in the delicate vertebrae of the neck, causing the neck muscles to overwork in order to maintain stability.
It’s Not Just About Your Neck
Your neck, just like the other parts of your spine, is protecting the spinal cord. There is a spinal nerve branching out from the right and left sides of each of the seven vertebrae, controlling structures like the thyroid gland, several functions in the head, as well as the muscles and sensations down the arms into the hands. Most important is the Vagus Nerve, a nerve that passes down from the brain through the neck that controls most of the autonomous functions in your body like the heart, lungs, and most of your digestion.
Neck pain may be a “pain in the neck”, but the health and function of these nerves is a much more important reason to be checked by a chiropractor. The better these nerves work, the better you work – and that means your overall health as well as how you feel.
Assessing Your Pain
Our Loveland chiropractors at Inside Health have extensive training and experience taking care of neck and back pain. The doctor will perform a detailed consultation and examination to help find the cause of your pain, including a state-of-the-art computerized assessment of your spine.
Treating Neck Pain With Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic doctors use hands-on treatment to correct these spinal misalignments. Chiropractors are highly trained at working with these small and specific bones, muscles, and nerves. Our doctors excel in helping people of all ages with these issues.
What to Do
If you’ve had enough of the pain in your neck and want to experience better health, give us a call today. (970) 685-8060