Neck pain provides limited neck motion and makes your simple daily tasks difficult. There are approximately 70% of people who will experience neck pain during their lifetime. It is not surprising that with the advent of technology, many individuals tend to suffer from different kinds of pain and ailments. Working long hours using computers, tablets and cellphones, injuries, accidents and jobs activities that involve forward head posture are just some of the causes of neck pain. The Use of Smart phones particularly while texting places major stress on the neck.
One more detail about neck pain is how it is linked to Headaches. Research shows that there is a key correlation between neck pain and headaches. In fact, neck pain is found to be one of the symptoms in many types of headaches which can radiate pain to the head. Muscles which radiate pain from the neck can transmit this pain throughout the parts of the head. Certain regions of the neck are associated with specific pain patterns and headaches. This indicates that something is wrong and should be assessed. Continue Reading →
There is a lot of convincing peer reviewed literature (research) that supports chiropractic as one of the first and best courses of care to consider when choosing a treatment option for neck pain and headaches. This is because there is low risk, few rare side-effects, and most importantly, IT REALLY WORKS! But, there are other considerations in the management of neck and headache pain that perhaps we haven’t thought about. One is smoking.
There are several convincing studies that have looked at the exposure to tobacco smoke and smoking in terms of its effect on neck pain. Let’s look at some statistics. One study reported that as many as 213 per 1000 people reported neck pain. The 12-month prevalence of neck pain ranged between 30-50% of which activity-limiting pain was reportedly as high as 11.5%. Women were found to be more at risk than men which peaks in middle age. Continue Reading →
Traction is defined as, “…the act of pulling a body part.” Therefore, it is commonly used in many regions including legs, arms, low back, mid-back, and the neck. We will be limiting this discussion to cervical or neck traction, and the question of the month is, “…does it help patients with neck pain and headaches?” Though I’m assuming you already know, the answer is YES! You may want a little “proof,” so here it goes! Continue Reading →
Chances are if you’re like 95% of the population, you would have suffered a headache at some stage in your life. For those who only get headaches rarely, when they are sick, or self indulge, it is a problem that presents little interruption to your life and will cease once the aggravating factor is no longer present.
For others though, headaches and the more severe migraine, can be a regular, persistent and life affecting event. Migraines can cause people to loose days off work and even have trips to the hospital in extre Continue Reading →