neck pain exercises

Hundreds of people deal with neck pain occasionaly, but it seems that most don’t know what causes them and how they can be relieved. The spine all the way to the neck is truly a magnificent design masterpiece which makes it one of the most complex parts of the human body.

But what really causes neck pain? In this article, we will look at the different reasons behind the occurrence of neck pain and neck stiffness.

The spinal cord may seem to be a vulnerable piece of design work but in actuality, it is stronger that it looks.  Have you looked at a baby’s neck? It’s quite flexible – thus a good manifestation of the durability of the neck.  

It’s really amazing how the spinal cord can resist injury. But even with the spinal cord’s strength, it is still susceptible to damages and thus leads to neck pain.

A bowling ball and the human head are basically the same in weight. Imagine a bowling ball balancing on two small knuckle joints – this is how the head is balanced.

The common causes of neck stiffness

While neck pain or stiffness can be caused by a variety of factors, most cases of neck pain lasts only for a while, eventually it will disappear. However, in certain circumstances, it can be a part of a medical condition such as Osteoarthritis and Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR). Stress or minor twisting injuries can also result to neck stiffness or pain.

Non-specific neck pain are also associated with spasm in the muscle responsible for supporting the neck.

The Best Time to see a physiotherapist

If you think the pain is only caused by stress, then you have nothing to worry about. However, if the pain isn’t improving after a week or two, then it’s about time you consult your physician. If the pain is no longer tolerable, better see a doctor or a physiotherapist immediately.

If you feel a bad pain developing in your shoulders, in your hips or even thighs, take action as soon as possible. These symptoms can be a sign of PMR. If you have this, prompt treatment is required so as not to aggravate the medical condition.

Neck Pain Remedy and Treatment

Neck pain is quite easy to cure simply by not doing anything. Simply gently massage the neck muscle to get a relief from the tension build-up around it. Massaging often helps but if the pain persists, you can take some pain-killers. Remember that medications such as paracetamol should only be taken every 4 hours.

Poor posture is also associated with neck pain and stiffness. To prevent neck pain, you should practice standing up properly. Also, don’t work on a desk that’s too low, it’ll just keep your head from bending forward for a long time – which would eventually result to neck stiffness.

A bit of exercise will help a lot. It would also help if you rest for a few days if the pain on your neck doesn’t go away even with medications.  You need to rest those neck muscles and in a matter of time, you’ll be back to your regular routine again.

 

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