Dealing With Neck Pain

Neck Pain Help relief Windsor Ontario Huron Church ChiropracticNeck pain is a fairly common complaint and can vary from mildly annoying to debilitating.

There are numerous causes of neck pain: muscle strains and tension, problems with the small joints in the vertebra, disk related conditions, neck sprains, or a problem somewhere else in the body resulting in ‘referral’ neck pain.

It’s always important to remember to treat the problem and not just symptoms of neck pain.

Chiropractic care is very effective in diagnosing and treating all types of neck pain.

Please call our office in Windsor for an appointment or more information – 519-258-8544.

Understanding Radicular Pain

Help for neck pain Chiropractor Windsor onRadicular pain is caused the compression, inflammation and/or injury to a spinal nerve root. The condition may be a result of an injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, bulging or herniated discs.

While symptoms vary greatly, this pressure on the spinal nerves may result in sensations such as:

  • Pain radiating from the back down through the legs
  • Pain radiation from the neck through the shoulders and upper back
  • Tingling or numbness in the related extremities
  • Leg or arm pain
  • Pain or stiffness in the neck, shoulder and/or back
  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatic pain
  • Unexpected muscle weakness
  • Diminished reflexes

As with all types of pain, a proper diagnosis is paramount and is best treated by addressing the source of the problem rather than masking the symptoms with drugs.

Studies have shown that chiropractic manipulations can help alleviate the pressure and reduce the irritation on the problematic nerve root. Your chiropractor may also recommend spinal decompression, heat and/or cold therapy, massage therapy and lifestyle changes to help avoid a future reoccurrence.

If you’re looking a natural pain relief, chiropractic may help you. Please reach out to us for more information or to schedule your visit: 519-258-8544

Kink in Your Neck

Help for neck pain Chiropractor Windsor on Have you had a very stiff neck with limited range of motion?

The most common cause is a muscle strain, soft tissue injury or misalignment of the vertebrae in your upper spine. These causes could be a result of:

  • Improper sleep position
  • Injury
  • Repetitive motion
  • Poor posture
  • Holding your neck in an abnormal position for an extended period of time
  • Your neck extending beyond its normal range of motion
  • Emotional stress

Your stiff neck may be causing other symptoms such as headaches, shoulder and upper back pain.

Help for a stiff neck

  • Rest – Avoid any activities that may cause further neck pain.
  • Self-massage – Try to identify the area on your neck or upper spine which is causing the pain. Gently massage the area for a few minutes.
  • Stretch – Use your hands to gently hold your head down and away from the source of the kink, then repeat on the opposite side. Also, stretch focusing on tensing and relaxing all the muscles in your neck, shoulders and upper back.
  • Ice it  – Apply ice to the affected area for 10 minutes and repeat every 20 minutes to help reduce swelling.

It’s a good idea to see your chiropractor if your neck pain:

  • Has lasted for days
  • Makes it difficult to turn your head to the side
  • Has occurred after an accident or injury
  • Results in numbness or tingling in your arms or hands
  • Is believed to be due to a more serious cause

If you’re experiencing a stiff neck, please reach out to us, we’re here to help you: 519-2588-8544

Morning Neck Pain

Boy sleeping on his backDo you have pain or stiffness in the neck upon waking? There’s a good chance that the pain is due to one of two reasons: either not having the correct, supportive pillow for your head, and/or your sleeping position.

In part 2 of this article, we discuss how your sleep position may be resulting in a stiff neck. (For part 1 “Pillow recommendations”, please click here.)

Because we spend so much of our time sleeping, having a good sleep position is critical to good spinal health.

Generally speaking, sleeping on your back is the best position to have your spine aligned and your neck in a natural and relaxed position for a good night’s sleep (and pain-free morning!). While sleeping on your back, your head should be slightly raised and well supported with a pillow so that your spine is nice and straight.

When sleeping on your back, the curve of your neck should be supported with a pillow featuring a built-in roll to follow the natural contour of your body.

If you sleep on your side, it’s important that the entire length of your spine is a level, horizontal position. Your head and neck should be supported by a slightly thicker pillow than used when sleeping on your back. If your spine is not straight (perhaps due to your pillow or mattress firmness), you will likely experience neck and back pain.

If you tend to sleep on your stomach, then you need to make a change in your sleep position. Sleeping on your stomach is the worst possible position for not just your neck, but your entire spine, and may be the reason you experience morning neck pain.

Sleeping on your stomach does not allow for a straight and natural spine position. Having your head turned in one direction for several hours will cause the joints, ligaments, nerves and muscles in your neck and upper shoulders to be stressed. There is no pillow which can help stomach sleepers wake pain free.

If your goal Is to wake feeling well rested and pain free, it’s important to be mindful of your sleep position and have a variety of pillows if possible to ensure your head and neck are well supported.

Of course if you’re looking for advice on pillows, would like a chiropractic adjustment or a postural assessment; we’re here for you – please reach out to us: 519-258-8544

Morning Neck Pain & Stiffness

Woman tangled up in pillows and blanketA common complaint heard at a chiropractic office is an ache or stiffness in the neck upon waking. This pain can work itself out over the course of several hours, or it may last for days – either way; it’s bothersome, can affect your mood and is generally not a good way to start your day!

What’s the cause of morning neck pain?

Likely the cause is either due to not having the correct, supportive pillow for your head, and/or your sleeping position.

In part one of this article, we’ll review pillows. (For part two, “sleep position”, please click here.)

If you believe your neck pain may be due to your pillow, now is a good time for a change. Traditional flat pillows often lack the necessary support for proper head-neck-spine alignment that may be the root cause of your neck pain.

Over the last decade, there have been many advancements in pillow technology. We’ve gone from simple foam and feather “flat” pillows now to memory foam, moulded, shaped, water filled, pillows with cooling abilities and supportive neck rolls! Yikes!

Where to start when looking for a new pillow?

  • Finding the right pillow for you may involve some trial and error.
  • The right pillow for you will depend on your normal sleep positive (back or side).
  • Remember that the pillow which eliminates your pain now, might not work for you in a month from now – it’s a good idea to have a few options to choose from if possible.

If you’d like advice on what pillow may work for you, please call us to arrange for a chiropractic assessment where we can help identify the pillow that may best help you. 519-258-8544

Please check back for part 2 of this article, where we’ll discuss how your sleep position may be causing your morning neck pain.