Other structures such as the upper arms, shoulders and jaw can also refer pain up to the head. This type of pain might be associated with headaches (cervicogenic or tension headaches) and can cause real discomfort and distress.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
The neck is the most mobile part of the spine and as such it is the most prone to injury. Common causes include:
This is the result of prolonged hours behind the desk on computers and laptops adopting poor or incorrect postures that the body is not design for. This will ultimately apply increased pressure on every structure of the head, neck, shoulders and upper back causing pain and discomfort.
Whiplash injury from car crash or similar event can damage soft tissues of neck causing pain and stiffness.
An acute whiplash injury from a car crash follows sudden or excessive hyperextension, hyperflexion, or rotation of the neck affecting the soft tissues as highlighted by current research. It typically results from rear-end or side-impact motor vehicle collisions. Patients commonly present with pain and stiffness in the neck, headache, and upper backache with or without neurological deficit of the upper limbs.
Waking up in the morning with a painful crick in the neck is certainly quite unpleasant. Although this can extremely painful and frightening if experienced for the first time. These “cricks” are mainly the result of a strain, pull in the muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments of the neck. Some degenerative changes such as osteoarthritis could also be the cause in older people.
Acute neck pain such as “cricket” neck tend to resolve itself within few days. However, osteopathic treatment and advice are likely to speed up the recovery process helping you get back to doing the things you enjoy the most pain free.
The longer it goes on, the chronic it will become. Long-standing or chronic conditions are likely to require medium to long term treatment and management plans with a combination of “hands-on” treatment, advice on exercises and posture or a workstation set-up.
Tension headaches known as cervicogenic headache are secondary headaches and the most common form of headaches. They are referred pain to the head from either a bony structure or soft tissues of the neck. They can be quite debilitating and affect everyday life especially when they increase in frequency and intensity. Although, they are commonly stress related, they can also be triggered and aggravated by prolonged hours behind a computer desk, poor and / or incorrect posture.
What Help Can You Get?
At JOB EFFECTIVE HEALTH, we offer a wide range of effective approaches to help relieve your symptoms smoothly and get you back to the things you enjoy the most pain free. This includes, some effective “hands-on” treatment to help reduce the tension build up in and around the soft tissues of the shoulders, neck and head. We will also provide effective advice on exercises, to help with the healing process in order to keep your body working to its full potential and achieve excellent levels of health.
If you think you are suffering from any of the above conditions or anything related to the health of your neck, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice and to book an appointment.