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 →
Last month, we discussed car safety features, proper headrest position, how to prepare for a crash, and to seek immediate treatment as ways to minimize the chances of suffering from whiplash in the event of an accident. Here are four more ways to avoid or minimize whiplash:
PAY ATTENTION WHILE YOU DRIVE. Too often, we get distracted while driving. Any time our eyes leave the road, the potential for an accident increases significantly. This can occur when changing the radio to a different station, eating while driving, reading while driving, talking on the phone, texting (equals the effects of 2-3 alcoholic beverages), driving under the influence of certain prescription medications (pain killers for example), driving under the influence of alcohol or other chemical agents, and turning your head during conversation. We have a responsibility when we are driving to keep our eyes on the road, as many accidents occur within split seconds of time. If we are not paying attention, we will not be able to avoid a potential collision. 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 →
Headaches are one of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care. Many patients with headaches benefit significantly from adjustments made to the upper cervical region. So, the question is, how does adjusting the neck help headaches? To help answer this question, let’s look at a study that was recently published that examined this exact issue… Continue Reading →
Whiplash injuries occur as the result of a sudden acceleration followed by deceleration, and the degree of injury is dependent on many factors. Some of these include: the size of the vehicle, the conditions of the road, the angle of the seat back, the “springiness” of the seat back, the position of the head rest, the size of the patient’s neck, the position of the patient’s head and neck at the time of impact, the awareness of the impending collision, etc. Hence, each case must be evaluated and managed using a unique, individualized approach. Continue Reading →
Headaches are a very common problem that can have multiple causes ranging from stress to trauma. To make matters worse, there are MANY different types of headaches. One such type is the “cervicogenic headache” (others include migraines, cluster headaches, etc.).The main distinction between the symptoms associated with cervicogenic headaches and those associated with migraine headaches are a lack of nausea, vomiting, aura (pre-headache warning that a headache is about to strike), light and noise sensitivity, increased tearing with red eyes, one sided head, neck, shoulder and/or arm pain, and dizziness. The items listed above are primarily found in migraine headache sufferers. Continue Reading →
In our last blog we discussed some of the more common types of headaches, and some of the things that cause them. As we mentioned, many headaches are directly caused by subluxation and nervous system pressure. Spinal misalignments in the upper neck can cause pressure to your very delicate spinal cord and damage your health in many ways – even beyond pain like headaches. Your spine and nervous system are the foundation of your overall health – as always, with any persistent symptom, it’s essential that you make sure you’re subluxation-free. Only with full health and power in your body (delivered by a free and healthy nervous system) can you live your life at 100%, at your highest level! Continue Reading →
The head is one of the most common locations for pain. There are many, many different types of headaches, or cephalgia. Some headaches come regularly, almost as if following a schedule. Others are more random. Some are sharp, and others throb. Some headaches are associated with mental/emotional stress or tension. Others will let the sufferer know they’re coming, through some sort of unusual sensation or nausea. Some headaches are so severe that they seem to demand that the world STOP – that the only solution is to lie in a dark silence, waiting until the agony passes. Headaches can be a sign of a very serious problem, and they can be a tremendous interruption to the living of a whole and healthy life. 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 →