Suffering with neck or head pain and don’t know why? The problem could well be all in your head, according to our Fareham chiropractor at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic
The discs, joints, muscles, and ligaments in your neck all contain nerve endings which are sensitive to injuries or strains that can result in cerviogenic headaches.
These kinds of headaches usually cause pain at the top of the neck and the base of the skull, and may even spread to your forehead, temples, eyes, face and shoulder. In severe cases, you may also experience nausea, sensitivity to noise or bright lights, dizziness, blurred vision, or difficulty swallowing. The more pain you feel in your head, the more you are likely to tense or clench up your neck, which often worsens the route cause of the pain itself.
So how can you help this type of condition and live a pain-free life?
1: Correct Your Posture
Our chiropractor stresses the importance of taking good care of your spine. This is one of the best ways to avoid this type of head and neck pain! Make sure you adopt a good posture when moving your neck. Also, try not to hold your neck in one position for long periods of time i.e. when using a mobile phone, tablet or computer. Joints of the upper and middle part of the neck are often involved with injury, arthritis and postural stress, and the worse your neck posture is, the more pressure there will be on these joints.
2: Strengthen Your Muscles
The stronger your neck muscles are, the less likely they’ll be to become injured and strained. You can start strengthening your neck muscles by lifting weights, although you should always check with your healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine. Weight lifting will help to strengthen your muscles which, in turn, will provide further support and strength to your neck and all the demands your body makes of it. Simply adding a stretching routine and a weight lifting routine to your daily workout can improve the health of your neck.
3: Pillow Talk
Your neck may not love that giant, fluffy pillow as much as you do! To avoid neck pain in the mornings, the best option is to sleep with a pillow that promotes good spine alignment, and as much as you may hate to hear it, this usually means a thinner pillow. Sleeping on a flatter pillow can help to support the natural curve in your neck, preventing your neck from being forced into an awkward position for hours on end. Another option is to purchase an orthopaedic pillow, which has a deep depression where you rest your head to support your neck as you sleep.
4: Seek Chiropractic Care
When your spine is out of alignment, it can cause tension, stiffness pain, headaches and can impact your body in a number of negative ways. Regular chiropractic care can help prevent misalignments and also correct existing misalignments and injuries. A good chiropractor will also be able to tell you if he/ she believes your head and neck pain needs further investigation.
A chiropractor will also be able to advise on exercise and lifestyle changes that you can incorporate into your life to help with your condition.
Our chiropractic team at Homewood Chiropractic Clinic in Fareham are at hand to help you. Why not call our clinic on 01329 280 283 to book an appointment with one of our team or if you’re not sure if chiropractic care can help you why not take up our Free Chiro Check?
Most causes of neck and head pain are not serious, but it is important to contact your doctor if you suffer from persistent or worsening symptoms or if you notice any sudden changes in your symptoms. Never ignore head or neck pain.