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Handle Neck Pain the Right Way

We all know a time when we have fallen asleep in an awkward position and had the unexpected pleasure of waking up to a “crick in our neck.” Having an aching neck  makes it very difficult to turn our head to check our blind spots when driving, bend our neck forward to check our cell phone, or enjoy knitting or crocheting without discomfort or pain.

When not handled appropriately and immediately, this small “crick” in your neck can lead to tension headaches, facet joint (the junction between two neck vertebrae) dysfunction, and ultimately limits our ability to perform daily tasks safely. 

Common Causes of This “Crick in your neck”

  • Sleeping in a compromised position. Before you go to bed each night, it’s important to think about which position provides you with the most comfort and spinal support. For instance, those who sleep on their side tend to need additional pillows to prop their head up so it stays in line with their spine.
  • Improper Posture. When someone is constantly in a forward head position, or when they have to rotate their head in one direction for an extended period of time, they risk adding additional stress to the neck muscles.
  • Sports. Athletics can also be a main cause of the “crick” in your neck, especially sports that involve quick and aggressive movements of the shoulders and neck, such as golf and tennis.
  • Improper setup. This could be a work station, your television at home or even your phone in your hand.  Each of these activities should be done with proper setups in order to help avoid any achy neck issues. Work stations should be set up to minimize all discomfort.

Tension Headaches

The tension headaches develop as the muscles continue to tighten and pull at the base of the skull, which in turn can become quite debilitating and can prevent us from being able to enjoy our time playing with our young ones, and being present at family dinners

Facet Joint Dysfunction

Facet joint dysfunction can occur when the muscles have tightened so much that they have caused the vertebrae to get out of alignment and become stuck under one another. This limits your range of motion in many directions. Think about not being able to turn your head in one or both directions when driving. This not only puts you at risk but the other many drivers on the road as well.

If you’re dealing with any kind of neck pain or discomfort, call Loudoun Sports Therapy Center TODAY at, 703-450-4300.  Our expert Physical Therapists will begin helping you to alleviate your pain so you get back to the things you enjoy most. 

For more information on common causes of neck pain and a self-assessment you can try, CLICK THE LINK: https://loudounsportstherapy.com/video/self-assessment-neck-problems

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