Your neck is one of the most nerve-rich areas of your spine.
Problems here can cause problems throughout your body. That’s just one of many things your neck must do. Your neck and shoulders work hard. Even the smallest deviation in the relationships of the seven bones of your cervical spine (neck) can cause pain and reduced head and neck mobility.
In general, there are two major sources of neck pain:
- Neck Pain from Injury - Minor neck and shoulder pain involve sensations of discomfort, stiffness or soreness. If these symptoms last for more than a day or so, occur frequently or were preceded by an accident or some type of injury, we consider it major.
- Stress Pain - Physical, emotional or chemical stress can affect the frequency and severity of neck pain. The neck and shoulders are the “weakest link in the chain” and so stress shows up here. Often, emotional stress is the overlooked culprit. Fear, anger or frustration can trigger the tightening of our neck muscles without our even being conscious. In time, chronic muscle spasms set in....which can lead to headaches. Stress will often show up first in your neck. Safe and natural chiropractic care may help
Some over-the-counter pain relievers might dull the pain, but they ignore the underlying cause!
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