Do you suffer from Neck Pain? Are you constantly rubbing your neck while sitting at your desk? Do wake each morning with a stiff neck? Or maybe you are one of the many countless people who suffer headaches on a daily basis?
Rest assured you are not alone. Each and every day we see countless people suffering from neck pain and stiffness. Why? It’s because neck pain is a very common complaint. A quick anatomy lesson to learn where your neck pain can come from? Our neck has 7 bones known as the Cervical Vertebrae. They each have a “Spinal Disc” in-between to act as a shock absorber. These bones connect our head to your spine and our spine to your rib cage. There are so many muscles, ligaments, and joints that make this fantastic structure so mobile. But as a consequence, is prone to injury, sprains, or strains.
Some Quick Statistics On Neck Pain:
- Around 10% of the adult population at any one time is suffering from neck pain or stiffness
- Cervical Disc problems are present in as many as 40% of males, and 28% of females between the ages of 55-64
- X-ray signs (but not necessarily symptoms) of Osteoarthritis of the neck are commonly present in as much as 50% of those over 50. This means they are completely PAIN-free!
What are the Symptoms of Neck Pain:
It is important to understand that symptoms of neck pain may vary vastly between individuals. This is primarily because our necks are unique to the individual. Yes, we all have the same structure. But it’s how we have developed, the size of your muscles, your posture, stress, and height ALL play a part in making up your neck. Keeping this in mind some of the common symptoms we see are:
Stiffness and tightness: The various muscles in our neck. Just like any other muscle in our body can be subjected to strains, spasm and strain.
Headaches: YES. so many headaches stem from our neck. They are known as Cervicogenic headaches. These types of headaches respond really nicely to soft tissue massage, mobilization, and strength.
Difficulty Turning your head: This can be as a result of muscle spasm or the small joints in the neck becoming.
Shoulder Pain: YES. This is known as referred pain. This is why it’s essential to identify the cause of your pain and treat this. NOT just treating the symptoms.