Neck Pain Due to Bad Posture? Chiropractic Can Help
These days, we spend so much time in front of a computer or laptop, using our cell phones, watching TV, and reading. Unfortunately, we don’t necessarily have perfect posture while engaging in these activities. Poor posture can put excess, repetitive stress on the muscles and joints in your neck and shoulders, ultimately leading to chronic problems with your cervical spine.
If you’re suffering from chronic neck pain due to bad posture or an injury, there are a variety of chiropractic care treatments available to you! An experienced chiropractor at Optilux Wellness Center in New Kensington can do a thorough examination to determine the root cause of your neck pain, and the best course of treatment for your needs and lifestyle.
How Does Bad Posture Cause Neck Pain?
Poor posture causes your head and neck to hang forward, causing the head to stay in front of the shoulders rather than directly above. Because the head is heavy, this may put increased stress on your cervical spine. Over time, the vertebrae of the cervical spine tilt too far forward, causing a condition called hyperflexion. This ultimately leads to a condition called hyperextension, as the cervical spine and nerve roots become stretched out and weak.
The muscles in your neck and upper back will need to work overtime to compensate for hyperflexion and hyperextension. That causes these muscles to experience strain and muscle spasms due to overuse. Finally, poor posture often includes hunched shoulders and upper back. This puts strain on your upper back and shoulders, resulting in further pain and weakness.
Chiropractic Care Treatment Options for Neck Pain
Before developing a chiropractic care plan, your doctor of chiropractic will do a thorough physical examination and patient history to make sure he is getting to the true underlying cause of your neck pain. Once he has all of the facts, he will likely recommend massage therapy, spinal manipulation, and physical therapy to start.
For chronic neck pain that has been recurring for a long period of time, your doctor of chiropractic will also suggest important lifestyle changes that will improve your posture. This may include stretching and exercises you can complete at home, as well as ergonomic changes you can make at home and work to improve your posture.
How Optilux Wellness Center in New Kensington Can Help
At Optilux Wellness Center in New Kensington, we believe that neck pain due to bad posture can be safely and effectively treated without medications. Our experienced team of doctors and massage therapists can provide chiropractic care, massage therapy, and regenerative medicine to ease your neck pain for good. We work closely with each patient to develop a chiropractic care treatment plan that gets to the root of their pain and its cause.