Our neck supports the equivalent of a bowling ball all day, every day. Under ideal conditions, this is not a problem, but there are several things that can happen that lead to the neck becoming sore in time. Dr. David Richardson and Dr. Daniel Fowler of Crimson Chiropractic can help Tuscaloosa, AL area residents determine what is causing them such a pain in the neck and help treat that.
Causes of Neck Pain
It is important to understand the cause of the neck pain in order to treat it. The most common causes of neck pain include:
Our necks are designed to hold our heads at an exact balance point. By leaning our heads away from the center of gravity, the muscles will need to compensate for the added weight being taken off of the spine. This can cause wear or inflammation.
Stress hormones collect in our necks and shoulders. This causes muscles to become tightened, or stiff. This tension can lead to discomfort and pain. Over time, it can also lead to inflammation and fatigue as it is the equivalent of constantly flexing the muscle.
Activities that lead our body to suddenly change direction can create a rapid acceleration and deceleration effect on the neck and head, usually referred to as “whiplash.”
Chiropractic Care and Neck Pain
Though most people think about chiropractors when their backs are injured, the neck doesn’t get the same attention. Neck pain is usually a musculoskeletal problem, which is exactly what a chiropractor treats. Crimson Chiropractic offers multiple options to help!
For sore, overworked muscles, massage therapy is excellent. Massage therapy helps to improve circulation and relax tense muscles. This also reduces inflammation, in turn reducing pain.
Though whiplash may not have happened during a sporting event, the treatment will still be similar based on the specific cause.
A chiropractor can help suggest methods of standing and sitting to help reduce the exertion of the muscles supporting the head.
Tuscaloosa, AL area residents with questions about whether or not Dr. Richardson or Dr. Fowler can help with your neck pain can contact Crimson Chiropractic for a consultation at 205-345-2009.