What a pain in the neck! Just like the back, it’s important to keep your neck healthy and aligned. When your neck is hurting, it can greatly impact every aspect of your life. That’s why it is important to visit our Mississauga Chiropractic clinic now!
Why Does My Neck hurt?
Neck pain can stem from many different structures — like joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerves — and can radiate pain into your head, face, arm, fingers, shoulders, back, and chest! These structures can twist, stretch, herniate, compress, slip, bulge, become stuck, click, and more. These pains can be caused by whiplash injuries, bad posture, or even just sleeping in an awkward position. Some of these neck problems develop over months or years before the problem becomes so severe that the patient can’t ignore it any longer. Seek treatment for your neck pain earlier in order to get the quickest response to care!
Can Chiropractic Help my Neck Pain?
Proper alignment and positioning of the neck are of great importance while healing from neck injuries and pain. The misalignment of your neck bones is referred to as subluxations. Fortunately, Chiropractors are specially trained to identify the injured structures in the neck, properly adjust them, and educate you on proper healing postures; all of this greatly helps your neck pain.
If you’ve sustained any type of neck injury — from mild to traumatic — contact your doctor of chiropractic in Mississauga for a complete spinal evaluation.
If you’re currently in pain, your symptoms could be related to undetected vertebral subluxations, which can be easily corrected. Even if you feel you’ve escaped the trauma symptom-free, scheduling an appointment with your Mississauga chiropractor will ensure that your neck and spine are in working order to avoid future problems.
The upper neck is a very sensitive spot in the spine. This is because the upper neck vertebrae (atlas and axis) are the most movable part of the spine, and these vertebrae in the upper neck can directly impact the brain stem. By impacting the brain stem, these upper neck injuries can and lead to many conditions such as headaches, migraines, back aches, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many other, more severe conditions. Fortunately, by addressing these upper neck injuries with our Chiropractors in Mississauga, you can ease these neck pains now and reduce the chance of these upper neck injuries leading to future problems.
It is very common for patients with upper neck injuries to present with dizziness or vertigo. The upper neck is an often overlooked aspect in a patient experiencing dizziness or vertigo, but not at our office! We see patients that have been experiencing this disabling problem regularly. For those patients where the upper neck is involved in their dizziness, a course of specific Chiropractic adjustments can help restore the balance aspect of the upper neck. Check out our blog on Meniere’s Disease, a very disabling form of vertigo, to learn more about how the Chiropractic approach can assist patients with vertigo.
When the lower neck vertebrae pinches or irritates the nerves, the effect is felt into the arms leading to numbness, tingling, and weakness. However, issues in the upper neck can lead to similar problems as all of the nerves pass from the brain, through the upper neck, to their destination.
In a 2018 study below, the upper neck of this man was the key factor that created his arm numbness which had lasted for 5 months.
This case study is of a 67-year-old man who was suffering from neck pain, arm numbness, and a frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis). The neck pain and right arm numbness had been there for 2 years and the left shoulder had been frozen for 20 years. This Chiropractic patient regained full shoulder motion and had almost no neck pain in one month of Chiropractic care!
Imagine if he had received Chiropractic care earlier? Imagine what his life would be like if he wasn’t suffering for 20 years? 2 years? Don’t suffer needlessly. Call us today!
One of the most common causes of whiplash injuries are motor vehicle accidents; even small fender benders could cause that aching pain in your neck. It seems like everyone’s got their own version of what causes whiplash and what it entails, but what’s the truth? Here are some common questions we hear about whiplash.
Whiplash can occur even at low speeds. A person’s position during a collision can play a major role. For example, those who have their head turned to one side during a low-speed motor vehicle accident are less likely to develop whiplash. It’s important to be examined even after a smaller car accident to ensure that you didn’t incur any underlying injuries you may not be feeling the effects of yet.
It could be years before you begin to feel pain caused by your whiplash injury. Pain can develop months or years after an accident, which is referred to as delayed onset whiplash associated disorder. Vertebral subluxations play a large role in why neck pain occurs years after an injury to the neck. If left unchecked these small and often unnoticeable spinal changes can worsen over the years, delaying your healing, increasing pain and setting the stage for a myriad of health challenges.
Does whiplash only affect the neck?
In truth, whiplash can be associated with cognitive impairment, as well as posture and nervous system problems. It can disturb a patient’s posture and balance, and even influence their mental health and clarity. Learn more about whiplash injuries here.
Proper posture entails alignment of the neck and back, which helps to decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces. Good posture should be practiced at all times; if you make a conscious effort to sit up straight and ensure your joints are aligned, it will become an unconscious habit.
Having good posture has an array of health benefits, including misalignment in your spine, excessive strain on muscles, joints, and the supporting connective tissues. It can work to prevent backaches and neck pain, and prevents the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions.
In addition to providing a myriad of health benefits, good posture will portray an aura of self-confidence. This can be useful in situations where you want to be impressive and assertive, like at a job interview.
There are good and bad postures, but it’s hard to define the ‘ideal’ posture. An ideal posture isn’t something that once you have you have forever; rather, it’s something that you should always strive towards. You may never reach the hypothetical perfect posture, but the closer you get to it, the better it will be for your health. We can help you work towards your ideal posture.
Contact Erin Mills Optimum Health today to learn more about how we can help improve your neck pain with our Chiropractic services.
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