AT TARA NORTHEY OSTEOPATHY & PILATES
SOUTHFIELDS | WIMBLEDON PARK
Neck pain can be a frustrating and common condition.
What many people don't realize is that dysfunction at the neck can also lead to numerous other pains and conditions in the body, including;
altered sensations and weakness in the arms
Neck pain can have a huge emotional effect causing fatigue, increased stress levels, changes to sleeping patterns, and irritability.
However, in many instances, these neck issues can be short-lived and easily treated when managed properly.
WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF NECK PAIN?
The most common cause of neck pain is poor posture. With the increase in the use of mobile phones and computers, we have started to adopt a head posture that moves forwards. This posture causes joints to compress and muscles to over-engage.
Falls, traumas, and road traffic accidents can cause whiplash, which can be a very painful and difficult condition if not treated. With whiplash, the neck goes into hyperflexion and hyperextension. This often causes muscle strains, locked joints, and in severe cases damage to nerves and the disc.
When there is irritation coming from the bones in the neck, this can press on the nerves branching out from the spinal cord. As a result, we can experience pain such as pins and needles, numbness, and tingling at the neck.
The discs are structures that sit between the bones in the neck, providing space and shock absorption. When they become overly compressed they can change in shape or rupture. As a result this can cause pain in the neck and referral into the arms and mid-back.
Just like the other joints in your body, your neck joints tend to wear down with age. Osteoarthritis causes the cushions (cartilage) between your bones (vertebrae) to deteriorate. Your body then forms bone spurs that affect joint motion and cause pain.