Do you suffer from neck pain or stiffness in your neck in Ottawa? You’re not alone! Studies show that two thirds of Canadians will suffer from neck pain at some point in their lives. Many turn to pain relievers – problem solved! Or is it? Pain is a symptom; it’s your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong. Medication may temporarily mask your pain but it doesn’t address the underlying cause. As a result, the pain almost always comes back. Sante Chiropractic is a local clinic for neck pain relief located in the Orleans area of Ottawa, Ontario.
Neck pain and stiffness begin with stress to the neck, which causes vertebral subluxations or misalignments. Subluxations keep the spine locked up in the wrong position and prevent your nervous system from working properly. Neck pain often results when a subluxation has occurred in the cervical (neck) spine. The nerves in the cervical spine are compressed and the muscles become strained. Neck pain and stiffness often results.
Many seemingly harmless daily activities can cause stress and strain to your neck. Things like holding the phone, hands free, between your ear and shoulder, reading a book, texting or even sleeping on the wrong type of pillow. The good news is there are simple things you can do to help relieve your neck pain.
3 Tips for Relieving Neck Pain
1. Invest in a good quality pillow that supports your neck as you sleep. Your pillow should be comfortable and support the natural curvature of your spine. Studies have shown that a cervical pillow like Orth Cerv can help relieve neck pain, headaches and improve your quality of sleep.
2. Practice Safe Screen Time. Always make sure your screen – phone, computer or Ipad is positioned at eye level. Bending your neck forward to read you emails or texts greatly increases the stress on your cervical spine and can lead to early wear and tear. The average head weighs about 10 to 12 pounds when it’s in a neutral upright position. When you bend your neck forward that weight increases dramatically. A recent study showed that tilting your head just 15 degrees forward puts 27 lbs of pressure on you neck while a 30-degree neck tilt could equal up to 40 lbs of pressure. Ouch!
3. See your Wellness Chiropractor. Chiropractic care is a safe, effective way to relieve your neck pain and stiffness without medication or surgery. Chiropractors are trained to identify misalignments in your spine and correct them! Click here to book your Neck Pain Evaluation now!
Does someone you know suffer from neck pain and stiffness? Be sure to share this blog with them. Chiropractic care just might be the solution they are looking for. Book your appointment today.