If you suffer from chronic neck pain, you’re not alone. Most of the root causes of neck pain did not even exist a century ago. Aside from neck injuries (auto accidents, falls), most neck pain occurs because of our own behavior habits. These causes include:
- Looking at your cell phone or other devices for extended periods of time
- Sitting at your desk working at your computer for long hours
- Poor posture
- Driving or sitting for consistently long hours
- Sleeping on your stomach
Eventually, your neck and spine will need extra attention from a neck pain doctor in Cincinnati, OH
because of the added stress you consistently put on your body in areas not used to the strain. You are even more apt to suffer from neck pain from these bad habits if you already have a history of neck injuries.
A Cincinnati, Ohio neck pain doctor can offer help by adjusting your neck to help improve the alignment of your spine which in turn will reduce the irritation you are experiencing in your joints. The goal of these adjustments is to regain muscular balance. A neck pain doctor Cincinnati, Ohio trusts at the practice of Spine and Wellness Cincinnati can design a treatment plan that incorporates adjustments with other therapies such as massage, yoga, and exercises you can do at home to keep your neck and spine adjusted.
Of course, in order to prevent further injury, it is important to modify the behavior that caused the pain in the first place.
Modifying Daily Activities to Reduce Neck Pain
Sleeping on your Stomach — Perhaps one of the worst culprits of neck pain is sleeping on your stomach. It is bad because your neck is turned to one side or another all night and in order to breathe you are encouraging your spine to become out of alignment by creating a rotational imbalance. Learn to sleep on your side or back and position pillows so that your neck and head are in alignment with your spine. Position pillows so that it becomes difficult to roll on your stomach in your sleep.
Improve your posture — Become more conscious of how you stand and sit. Think about keeping your shoulders back. This will automatically allow your head to become more aligned with your shoulders. A neck pain doctor in Cincinnati, Ohio could give you tips and tricks for improving posture.
Driving, Staring at your computer or cell phone for hours on end –– Take frequent breaks — about once an hour — to stretch and walk around, anything to break up the monotony of sitting in the same position for hours. This will lower the stress that is put on the muscles while you are in the same position.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
If you suffer from chronic neck pain, it is recommended you seek medical attention. A neck pain doctor in Cincinnati, Ohio can investigate your symptoms, evaluate your pain, suggest the necessary medical tests (x-rays, scans) and develop a treatment plan that may include, in addition to chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy, exercises, and even yoga. The goal of the treatment is to relieve or greatly reduce the pain, stiffness or soreness in your neck. A neck adjustment will also increase the mobility of your spine, thus increasing your range of motion.
Contact Spine and Wellness Cincinnati today at 513-428-WELL (9355) to set up an initial evaluation and examination. From there we can design a treatment plan to help alleviate your neck pain.