How to Get Neck Pain Relief During the Day

How to Get Neck Pain Relief During the Day

How to Get Neck Pain Relief During the Day

 Part of the reason that neck pain is so common is the use of technology and desk jobs. The positions we hold our head/neck in during the day can have a direct effect on whether or not we develop neck pain. Proper posture alignment can often be difficult to determine. Watch this video below to understand the correct alignment that your neck should be in throughout the day. This will bring you the relief that you want!

3 Ways to Determine if Your Headaches are Coming from Your Neck

3 Ways to Determine if Your Headaches are Coming from Your Neck

Headache In Back of Head

Headaches can be caused by many different issues. An often overlooked cause of headaches is the neck. The reason that many treatments for headaches fail is because the root cause of the headaches has not been addressed. It is very common for people to go years and years with headaches before they see someone that is able to determine that their headaches are coming from their neck. The good news is that once the true source of the headaches is found then treatment can be administered with lasting relief to follow! Watch this video below to find out more.

Why Your Neck is Tired (Heavy Head)

Why Your Neck is Tired (Heavy Head)

Why Your Neck is Tired

Weak neck stabilizing muscles can often be the culprit in neck pain and headaches. This important muscle group is needed so that our neck can support our head throughout the day. If these muscles do not function properly then the pain begins to set in and often times headaches soon follow. Watch this video below to learn about the different symptoms and causes of weakness in the neck.

Get Neck Pain Relief During the Day!

Get Neck Pain Relief During the Day!

What To Do About Neck Pain During the Day          

Neck pain has become more common these days with the ever increasing use of computers, smartphones, and tablets. One of the most common contributions to this increase in neck pain is the poor positioning of the head and neck throughout the day. If the position of your neck or head does not change much throughout the day then it is likely that there won’t be much relief from your neck pain. Watch this video below to find out the correct position for your neck, how often you should be aware of your posture, and what you should do about it.

Does Stretching Help Your Pain?

Does Stretching Help Your Pain?

Should You Stretch to Get Rid of Your Pain?   

  

Just keep “stretching”…….does that sound familiar? Often times it’s a phrase used when you have been seeing a medical professional for some kind of musculoskeletal pain and you haven’t seen the results that you’d like. You may have come across an article on the Internet or been given advice from a friend that tells you to “stretch” whatever body part is painful. There lies the problem though. Most of the time “stretching” just isn’t enough to solve your problem. Sure, it is a part of the solution (but most of the time its <10% of the solution!). Think about it for a second. When is the last time you had persistent pain and was able to “stretch out” the pain for it to go away (without it coming back).  That clinically doesn’t happen very often. I see it on the faces of frustrated individuals who are still in pain despite their persistent stretching. While stretching can help improve the flexibility of your muscles, it does not address underlying deficits in muscle strength, endurance, stability, and motor control (the ability of your muscles to move efficiently within a certain range).  Deficiencies in these areas are more likely the cause of your musculoskeletal pain and stretching does not help improve those deficiencies. For instance, those tight muscles you are “stretching” are often muscles that are tensing up because they are being “overworked” due to weakness in other surrounding muscles.                 Should You Stretch to Get Rid of Your Pain?    Let’s use an example of the “low back”. When you have muscles that constantly tighten up in your low back and you experience a “stiff” feeling, then that is likely due to weakness in the stability muscles of your back. Those stability muscles are not performing their job very well causing the muscles around them to work overtime. What happens when you yourself work overtime? You become tired, maybe a little irritable, and not pleasant (think about what your muscles go through!). Same goes for the neck. This day and age, with computers, the amount of people with neck pain has definitely spiked in numbers! One of the most common occurrences with neck pain is a feeling of tightness in the neck down into the shoulder area. Stretching won’t help this condition, at least not unless you address the weak muscles that aren’t doing their job of supporting the spine and other joints.

Does Stretching Work?

Now, by no means am I saying that stretching is bad for you or that you shouldn’t stretch. I am just discussing how stretching alone is often not the solution to your musculoskeletal pain. Many people who have come to see me say they have been through a “stretching” program and it hasn’t worked.  People often think of exercises as being a series of stretches, and while stretching is considered a form of exercise, it is certainly not the only form. There can be much confusion out there on what form of exercise can help decrease pain and get the body to move pain-free again. This is usually done with a combination of tactics including hands-on techniques to help relieve pain followed by strength and stability work on the muscles. Research supports comprehensive programs when it comes to addressing our pain. While stretching can be a component of these programs, it by no means should be the only form of exercise used to address your pain. It is important to be able to target the specific muscles, nerves, or tendons that may be causing your pain. This can be done with a proper assessment of the area where your discomfort is to determine the source. Then by figuring out what the source of the pain is you will be able to understand what type of exercise will be most appropriate for that specific problem. So if you have been in pain lately (maybe even for quite a while) I would ask, “has just ‘stretching’ been able to help solve your problem?”