Neck pain is practically universal. Nearly everyone at some point in life will experience this very common complaint. Neck pain may be occurring more frequently, however, due to lifestyle changes and habits that are adaptable. Here are a few things you can do to reduce strain.
- Keep screens at eye level. This includes your desktop workstation as well as mobile devices such as phones and tablets. Tilting your neck downward for many hours a day can significantly increase the amount of stress placed on your neck.
- Schedule breaks. If you have a job that requires long periods of sitting, set a reminder for yourself to get up and stretch every 30 to 45 minutes.
- Check out your purse or bag. Many people will carry a purse or messenger bag over one shoulder, which puts excess strain on one side. Try lightening the load a bit or carry a backpack-style bag that distributes the weight more evenly.
Addressing the Root Cause of Neck Pain
Sometimes a stiff or sore neck will go away in a day or two. However, if neck pain persists, it is futile to keep on chasing around symptoms with medications or therapies. In order to find lasting relief, you must address the problem at its cause. Upper cervical chiropractic care is different in that we aim to correct the most freely movable area of the neck first to restore normal movement and neurological function. The atlas vertebra which sits at the junction between the head and neck is oftentimes the main culprit when it comes to neck issues.
One unique thing about upper cervical chiropractic care is that we don’t want to have to make repeated adjustments to the same area over and over again. Our goal is to make a gentle correction to the atlas that will hold in place for as long as possible, allowing for maximum healing to occur. This simple step can help achieve relief from neck pain and improve the overall quality of life.