Neck aches and pains are one of the top complaints we encounter in the clinic. This is likely attributed to the fact that most of us have got our faces glued to our phones or computers. Think about your neck position as you are reading this, is your head looking down at your phone or is your head shifting forward, leaning towards the computer screen?
On average the human head weighs about 5kg and as our head starts to shift away from the midline, the tension in our neck and shoulders start to increase in order to support the head. This will result in aches and pains over time. The most common causes for neck pain are poor posture, poor ergonomics and poor care after injury/pain has occurred. If you suffer from any pains, aches, stiffness/tightness, numbness or tingling, please do not hesitate to come in for an assessment.
Neck pain is a common occurrence in Singapore. The modern lifestyle that is increasingly sedentary and stressful is a recipe for neck pain and aches. Studies have shown that more than one third of people who suffer from neck pain will end up having symptoms lasting more than 6 months. Chances are, you are experiencing it yourself, or know of someone who is suffering from it. Neck pain can affect sleep, efficiency at work, exercise, and your ability to enjoy time with family and friends. It doesn’t have to be this way.
What are the symptoms of neck pain?
Neck pain is a term referring to a host of symptoms occurring in the neck. These symptoms are unpleasant and include stiffness, sharp pain, dull pain, aching, or tightness. Neck pain can also cause symptoms in other parts of your body such as numbness and tingling in the arms, headaches, or pain in the shoulder region. Neck pain can be a new occurrence, or a long standing issue.
Is neck pain normal?
Pain and discomfort is never normal. Pain is your body signalling to you that something is not right. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should consult your local chiropractor to have your spine and nervous system checked.
What causes neck pain?
- Postural strain from extended sitting
- Repetitive movement
- Wear and tear with aging
- Trauma/ accident
- Stress and emotional tension.
What are the effects of neck pain?
Neck pain can change motor control, which is the way neck muscles work together. This can reduce range of motion of your neck and cause irregular movement. It can also decrease endurance and strength of neck muscles. When left unresolved, neck pain will keep recurring, and is easily triggered by physical or emotional stressors.
Can you help with my neck pain?
Yes, our chiropractors are experts in assessing and managing dysfunction in the neck. Neck pain is a presentation that we commonly see in our practice. We have worked with individuals of various dysfunction and injury patterns, and have helped them achieve good spinal health. In most cases, chiropractic care offers excellent results for decreasing pain and increasing function.
What is the chiropractic approach for neck pain?
Everyone’s cause of neck pain is different. We start by taking a detailed history of your health and performing an assessment that will give us valuable information about your body. We then analyse your posture to get an overall picture of how your body is balanced and structured. This allows us to objectively identify the root cause of your pain and dysfunction. One Spine offers personalised care plans to help with your neck pain, and to optimise your spinal function.
Our practice takes a multi-modal approach incorporating:
- Spinal adjustments
- Rehabilitation exercises
- Soft tissue techniques
- Spinal orthotic devices
- Spinal decompression therapy
If you are frustrated that pain is holding you back from doing the things you love, book an appointment with us. Let our team of experts map out a care plan to get you out of pain and back on track.