Neck pain, after lower back pain is probably the next most common problem with the spine. Your neck is highly mobile and extremely important when it comes to normal function in our everyday activities. With this mobility however also comes the risk of injury. Examples of things that can cause neck pain could be; sleeping the wrong way or sitting in the wrong position for an extended period of time. Physical trauma such as car accidents which can cause whiplash, sporting impacts such as in rugby. Even lifting can cause neck problems.
Often neck injuries can cause a misalignment of the vertebrae which will result in pain. When there is a traumatic injury such as whiplash, the normal curvature of the neck (lordosis) can be altered resulting in neck pain but also pain in other regions of the body, including the upper back, arms and even into the lower back and legs.
These misalignments of the spine can alter the structure and function of the spine, which is the underlying cause of neck pain. Through habits or trauma the normal curve (lordosis) can be lost which then puts pressure on the ligaments and more importantly the nervous system resulting in pain and other problems. It is important to note that once the neck pain is gone after an adjustment, the cause could still be there and it’s only that you can’t feel any symptoms. A program of chiropractic adjustments and exercises can help to correct the posture in the neck resulting in proper nerve flow, to not only the neck, but the entire body, as the neck is the conduit for the spinal cord and its messages to the rest of the body.