Understanding Neck Pain

Understanding neck pain in dallas tx

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Neck pain is one of the most common complaints our Dallas TX Chiropractor treats here at mend. In fact, Harvard Health reports that one in every ten adults is currently experiencing neck pain. Neck pain can be caused by a number of triggers, is related to numerous risk factors, and presents in many different ways depending on the patient. Plus, there are many associated symptoms that often go hand-in-hand with neck pain. As your Top Rated Local® Dallas chiropractor, we want to relieve your neck pain with chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, and massage therapy. Give us a call or stop by for a walk-in neck adjustment to relieve your pain, improve your posture, and feel better overall. In the meantime, let's explore neck pain to help you understand the common causes, symptoms, and treatments for this common spinal condition.

Causes of neck pain in dallas tx

In a nutshell, neck pain is one of the most common spinal conditions due to the fact that it is vulnerable to injuries and overuse. Because the neck supports the head, the soft and hard tissues in the neck are nearly always active, making your neck susceptible to various injuries and conditions that cause pain, weakness, and limited range of motion. Whether you turn your head in sharp, sudden motion and you get a "twinge," or you suffer a whiplash injury in a car accident, neck pain is triggered by a number of things. Here are the most common causes of neck pain:

  • Injury and trauma

  • Aging

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Cervical spine stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column)

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Pinched nerves

  • Compressed nerve roots

  • Herniated discs

  • Staying in one position too long

  • Poor posture and/or poor ergonomics

  • Straining your neck to see something

  • Sleeping in an awkward position

  • Repetitive movements

  • Muscle strains

  • Whiplash injuries

Common symptoms of neck pain

There is usually more to it than pain in the neck. Neck pain levels can range anywhere from a mild ache or slight discomfort to excruciating pain that can be debilitating. Along with pain, soreness and stiffness can make it difficult and painful to move your neck and head with a full range of motion when moving your head back and forth and/or side-to-side. What's more, muscle tightness, spasms, and weakness commonly accompany neck pain. Headaches are another common symptom of neck pain, especially when there is a pinched nerve and/or muscle tension.

Treatments for relieving neck pain

There are many treatments, both conventional and alternative, that can relieve neck pain. Here are some of the top alternative treatments for invasive neck surgery and masking the pain with prescription medication.

Chiropractic care

Chiropractic adjustments are an ideal solution for treating neck problems. By gently and precisely manipulating (manually adjusting) the cervical spine, your Dallas chiropractor can improve nerve function, increase mobility, and restore normal range of motion. Adjusting your neck can also improve posture, reduce headaches and headache frequency while also keeping the supporting soft tissues flexible.

Massage therapy

Massage Therapy can help restore movement and flexibility to the soft tissues by reducing muscle tension, stiffness, and spasms. Massage effectively enhances circulation to remove toxins from the muscle fibers and replenishing the soft tissues with oxygen and nutrients. By maintaining the health, strength, and function of the soft tissues can better support the cervical spine to prevent injury, manage proper function, and maintain a good range of motion.

Spinal decompression

Spinal decompression therapy effectively relieves pressure from the spine that contributes to neck pain, soreness, and tension. By tractioning the neck, spinal decompression stretches the spine and supportive tissues, therefore relieving disc herniations, taking pressure off of the spinal nerve roots, and improving circulation. Plus, spinal traction enables better communication between the brain, spine, and central nervous system, which can improve the body's ability to heal from injuries and painful conditions contributing to neck pain.

Visit your dallas tx chiropractor today!

If you are one of the millions of people suffering from neck pain, chiropractic care can relieve your pain, encourage circulation, and stimulate healthy function. Give your Dallas TX chiropractor at mend a call to schedule an appointment. You can also stop by for a walk-in visit. Take control of your neck pain today!

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