Neck pain is a common complaint which will probably affect everyone at some point in their life. It is however, usually short-lived, lasting for just a few days at a time. More often than not a stiff neck is caused by muscular tightness. A muscle in the neck may have been strained (pulled/torn) or have gone into spasm. Levator scapulae is a common culprit.
- A tight, stiff feeling in the neck and surrounding muscles.
- Difficulty moving the neck, especially turning the head.
- Some people may experience headaches.
- Pain may radiate down into the back or down the arms.
Neck stiffness can be caused include poor posture, repetitive neck movements, unusual neck positions (especially when sleeping), stress, sports activities or lifting weights etc.
Neck tension can occasionally be a symptom of another condition, such as meningitis, although this would feature other symptoms such as a temperature, nausea or vomiting. Neck injuries and problems with the vertebrae or discs may cause a stiff neck due to muscle spasms which help support and protect the injury.
Your neck protects your spinal cord and spinal nerves, while supporting and balancing the weight of your head. Neck pain is a result of poor posture, wear and tear, injury. Stress and tension can stress or strain vital parts of your neck. Stress on the natural curve of your spine can cause painful problems.
- Rest from any activity that may have caused it.
- Gently stretch the neck muscles.
- Apply an ice pack (within the first 48 hours of acute pain).
- Sports massage is usually very effective in relaxing the muscles
We will look at your overall health, focusing not only on your neck, but also on your lifestyle, such as diet and amount of daily exercise. This integrated approach to determine the best treatment for your neck pain. To identify the cause of your problem, and will discuss your symptoms and previous injuries, your family health history, and your lifestyle, including recreational and work related physical activities.
Our doctors and therapist are uniquely qualified to restore the health of your spine and neck. Special techniques may relieve the pressure that is causing your neck pain.
We offer complimentary consultations so that you can discover natural solutions for your health.
Remember, help is near to home. If you are concerned about your health or considering care for neck pain. At MyHealth here in Mississauga you can count on us. We look forward to evaluate your health and offer you the best treatment or alternatives. We are conveniently located in Streetsville and Port Credit Village in Mississauga.