A Pain in the Neck

Posted: September 16, 2012 in Articles, Golf, Thought of the Day, Tip of the Week

It is pretty obvious what the phrase “pain in the neck” means, but why the word neck?  There are other explicative that are used, but when using a clean mouth the word knee or back would suffice.  However, most people use neck!  Recently, while reading some research (Hanney, et al. 2011) on neck pain I was given some insight as to why neck is so commonly used.  Neck pain is common, lingering, persistent, and causes subsequent problems in other areas.  All traits of life’s “pain in the necks.”

There are causes for both life’s pain in the necks and physical neck pain.  However, life’s pain in the necks may be more difficult to treat than physical pains in the neck.  Physical neck pain is caused by a variety of different things and can be treated in numerous ways.  Therefore, it should be noted that I am not a doctor or a physical therapist and if you are having neck pain you should speedily refer to a doctor for medical advice.  With that said there are some things everyone needs to know about neck pain.  Neck pain often comes from things such as whiplash, concussions, osteoarthritis, headaches, strains, sprains, herniated disks and poor posture.  Neck pain can cause headaches, poor posture, and numbness down the neck and/or arms in addition to localized pain.

There are some simple things that can be done to alleviate some neck pain.  One trick is to roll a towel and place it in the lower, top part of your pillow case to give your neck support while you sleep.  Also, have someone look at your posture while you are standing, sitting, and working.  Proper spinal alignment should have your neck in a slight curve at a similar degree to the curve in your back.  Also, your shoulders should be retracted back with your head centered over your spine.  If your head protrudes forward than you may need to re align your spine.  Habitual movements over time can cause this forward lean of the head, but one possible culprit for this is poor eyesight.  Poor eyesight can cause people to stick their neck out and strain the muscles that control the neck.  So it’s possible that having your vision checked and your glasses tweaked could help.

There are also some exercises that can help alleviate neck pain for some individuals.  Doing things such as large, slow, shoulder rolls forward and backwards can help alleviate neck pain.  Also exercises where the head is retracted can help put your head and neck in proper alignment. To do this put your neck in a neutral position (nose straight ahead), place a finger just below your nose and gently push straight back while also contracting the muscles used to perform this movement.

Nobody likes a pain in the neck, whether it’s those pains in your daily life or the physical pain in your body.  However, if you are having neck pain, there is something you can do.  So make sure you take a proactive stance and do something about it.

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