Neck Pain Treatment in Albury
A Real Pain in the Neck?
The vicious cycle is familiar to all of us; waking up with a sore neck, going to work, sitting in front of a computer, coming home and sitting on your phone, going to bed and then waking up… with a sore neck!
You might already have some idea (or you might not) but we are here to tell you that these events might be linked.
The 'Arc of Life'
The curve of your neck is crucial for allowing room for messages to get through unobstructed from your brain to the rest of your body, and this is why we call it the Arc of Life. A healthy neck curve should be that: a curve. A part of a circle. Not only does this allow for proper nerve transmission, but also for a full range of movement and no tension on your neck muscles or their attachment points.
What could cause you to lose this curve?
Injuries (like whiplash, sporting collisions, falls off ladders)
Poor posture (like hunching over your phone or tablet)
Stress (Do you find yourself scrunching your shoulders up when you are stressed?)
Any of the above can place more pressure on the vertebrae in your neck, causing degeneration of the neck vertebrae if uncorrected, and making it even more difficult for nerve messages to get through.
The Arc of Life
How could this cause Neck Pain?
Not only does losing your neck curve impact your body’s functions, but the muscles around your neck will get sore from holding it in this wrong position, causing neck or shoulder pain. This fatigue can then make you hunch your shoulders, making your posture even worse and can lead to a cervical kyphosis (reverse neck curve), forward head posture, or even an increased mid-back curve - a thoracic hyper-kyphosis (the hunched-over little old lady you may see down the street, or the rounded-back man in the nursing home).
If this tension keeps up, it can cause chronic neck pain, headaches or even migraines. Interestingly enough, neck pain might also be caused by other issues in your spine, like your lower back.
A Quick Neck Pain Self-Assessment
Want to find out if your neck might have a problem? Do this quick self-assessment.
Can you look to the sky freely and without pain?
Can you look down to your toes freely and without pain?
Can you look fully over both shoulders freely and without pain?
Can you tip your ear over to your shoulder (like you are holding a phone between your ear and your shoulder) freely and without pain?
If you find it difficult to do one or more of these tests, then there may be a chance your neck might have a problem or be out of alignment.
Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain
If you are already experiencing neck pain, headaches, migraines or any of the above symptoms, there is a chance your neck vertebrae may be out of alignment.
If you think this is you, it would be a good idea to get it checked out by a Chiropractor.
At House of Chiropractic, in Albury-Wodonga, neck pain is something we see all the time.
Chiro Dr Janine Adams
First Chiropractic Visit
We will be there to welcome you as soon as you open the door. During your first visit to House of Chiropractic in Albury-Wodonga, our Chiropractor will listen to you to find out what is wrong.
If they think you may be out of alignment a thorough examination will be recommended. This will include digital postural analysis. It may be necessary to have some x-rays taken of your spine. We will explain all the steps involved.
Please allow around 30 - 45 minutes for your first visit.
If we think chiropractic care can help you, you may have your first spinal correction ('adjustment') at this visit. This is completely different for everyone. We use a range of techniques depending on what is best suited for you and your health concerns.
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Truly we would. Our Chiropractic House is warm and welcoming and waiting for you. Simply tap the green button below book your first visit online or CONTACT US - we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have!