Neck pain can be frustrating! It can bring pain and a feeling that may lead to the decline of one’s physical or mental performance. Studies show that two-thirds of American adults have experienced at least one episode of neck pain in their lives. Neck pain can developed as a result of a strain during exercise or other vigorous activity, at work, or while sleeping.
In some cases, neck pain can be the result of a herniated disc in the cervical spine, from poor posture or from improper head support while sleeping. Proper ergonomics are integral in treating and avoiding neck pain. Faulty biomechanics when lifting or pushing heavy objects can also contribute to neck pain. The muscles and ligaments in the neck are tough and flexible but like many things, they have their limits. Stretching the neck too far or twisting it too quickly may lead to strains, sprains, and other injuries to the muscles and ligaments. Intense pain upon waking up may indicate strains that are developed while sleeping. Sprains and strains are common among individuals who experienced car accidents and falls. In addition to these factors, common activities that may cause injuries to the neck may include the following:
- Holding the head in a forward position while engaging in activities like typing, watching television, or reading.
- Spending too much time resting the forehead on the upright fist or arm.
- Improper work or exercise routine that uses the upper body and arms.
Neck pain is effectively treated through joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, postural retraining and a supervised stretching and strengthening program.