The Frequent Occurrence Of Pain And Stiffness In The Neck
The Frequent Occurrence Of Pain And Stiffness In The Neck
First and foremost I would like you to tell you the good news. It is actually surprisingly simple to treat your own stiffness neck pain once you know how and that is exactly what this blog will show you.
It is not necessary to do lots of exercises or get lots of treatments in order to do this either. In fact, you probably are like most people who have tried massage, chiropractic, drugs or even acupuncture only to find that the results were temporary at best. Yes, you may have been good for a while but suddenly, out of the blue, like an unwanted mother-in-law, your stiffness neck pain has returned.
I am going to teach you in this article not only why your neck hurts and how to treat The Frequent Occurrence Of Pain And Stiffness In The Neck but more importantly, why you are having it in the first place. You are also going to see the folly of spending hundreds of dollars on treatments, buying special pillows and mattresses are doing nothing more than treating the symptoms without addressing the cause of your stiffness neck pain.
So before I show you how to treat your own stiffness neck pain you first need to know why you are having stiffness neck pain. This is the most important factor as you are about to see and is the number one reason the overwhelming majority of people around the world suffer from chronic stiffness neck pain
So why do so many people suffer from The Frequent Occurrence Of Pain And Stiffness In The Neck?
The biggest problem with the overwhelming majority of stiffness neck pain and stiffness is that the causes of their problem are never completely removed.
Imagine that you suffer from thumb pain. You are suffering from thumb pain because you are continually hitting it with a hammer! Day in day out you keep whacking your thumb with a big old hammer. You wake up in the morning and give your thumb a few good wallops with the hammer, then get to the breakfast table and ‘smacko!’, you hit it again. You go to the computer and check your emails and surf the net for a few hours and continually belt your thumb with your trusty hammer. This goes on all day until finally at night you settle into your bed and give your thumb a few more belts.
If you wanted to stop suffering from this awful, debilitating thumb pain ( which is so bad at times it would even wake you up sometimes at night) what would you do?
Would get a chiropractor to help it?
Would you go and get prolotherapy treatments?
Would you go to the doctor for some muscle relaxants?
A specially contoured pillow maybe?
A new mattress perhaps?
What about a cortisone injection?
Of course not. Because you know it’s only when you stop causing your pain by hitting your thumb with a hammer that you can ever hope to be pain-free. Once you have removed the cause (hitting your thumb with a hammer), only then will your thumb get better.
you’d feel like an absolute fool if you went to get treatment for your thumb to try to stop the pain if you were still hitting it all day with your hammer(and spend thousands of dollars in therapy), wouldn’t you?
Your stiffness neck pain is no different.
It’s not until you stop causing pain in your neck will your neck get a chance to be pain-free.
And until you remove the main cause of your stiffness neck pain you will be continuing to spend your hard earned money on trying to resolve your pain while you are still hitting it with a hammer so to speak.
And this ladies and gentlemen is why the majority of people continually suffer from The Frequent Occurrence Of Pain And Stiffness In The Neck
In the case of stiff stiffness neck pain or any pain for that matter and you go to your doctor he will probably:
• Give you a nice cup of herbal tea
• give you some nice relaxing massage for about forty minutes
• put on some heat packs to reduce muscle tension
• Go to great lengths to explain to you about the importance of your posture and the effect it has on stiffness neck pain
• show you how to do some self-myofascial release techniques to relieve pain in the neck
• and give you a host of other wonderful information on how you can remove the causes of your stiffness neck pain to help you become pain-free.
If you’re reading this and have already seen a doctor for stiffness neck pain this is probably more akin to how your visit was:
In fact, 85% of people over 60 have degenerative changes in the neck to a certain extent. This is simply wear and tear that may or may not cause you pain and more often than not is not causing your pain
Can PainKillers Help With The Frequent Occurrence Of Pain And Stiffness In The Neck
Let’s take a look at what you do when you take painkillers to help your pain.
If you have pain that comes from poor posture (the most common cause), which strains your ligaments, gives you chronic muscular pain and can even produce nerve pain-what is a painkiller do to help the cause of this?
Is a painkiller getting to the cause of The Frequent Occurrence Of Pain And Stiffness In The Neck?
Of course not.
You must fix the problem rather than hide the symptoms.
Painkillers are really just allowing you to get away with your bad habits and that will only make your problems worse in the long run.
The Frequent Occurrence Of Pain And Stiffness In The Neck
Eliminate The Causes
Here is a classic example of a person causing her own neck pain( and upper and lower back pain as well for that matter). Notice how her ears are way in front of her shoulders. If she were sitting upright, or ‘sitting tall’ as I tell my clients, her ears would be centrally above her shoulders not in front of them.
Remember, every inch that your ears go forward of the central position( when you sit with good posture your ears should be lined up above the midpoint of your shoulder-looking at the person from a side on position) creates an extra 10 pounds of stress on your neck.
So if you are slouched over your computer reading this now you are probably putting around 20-25lbs of extra strain on your neck-no wonder you have neck pain.
The right Posture To Prevent The Frequent Occurrence Of Pain And Stiffness In The Neck
- that the head should sit on the neck like a golf ball sits on a tee.
- If you were to drop a pebble from her chin it would most definitely hit the ground and not her chest-it should hit her chest if she is in good postural position. Also with this slouched position you can see how her lower back is rounded, she has lost the lower back inward arch-it is now flexed. So you can bet she is probably suffering from both neck pain and lower back pain, and if she isn’t now she will be soon.
- The lower back inward arch must be present to have good neck posture;
To have good neck position it must start from the lower back!
Think-sit tall at all times. Imagine that a thread is pulling you from the top of your head towards the ceiling.
When you do this you will feel and be taller and lighter. Your neck and lower back will be in proper position and your shoulders will be in better position as well. You will be able to breathe more easily because you are not compressing your internal organs by slouching and you will feel better within!
Your body posture is also an important factor in your emotional wellbeing. Look at people who are depressed and you will see that they have their shoulders and heads forward, their backs arched into a flexed position and their chest are sunken.
You can’t possibly feel confident and healthy when you are standing and sitting in these postures all day.
Furthermore, these people’s postures then cause them pain and so they become more depressed because they are suffering physically as well. They are on a downward spiral.
- Stand tall, sit tall, gently lift up through your chest and breathe from the base of your lungs. I guarantee you that just from doing this you will feel better not only in your neck, upper back shoulders and lower back but also emotionally as well.
- Place a small pillow, rolled up towel or cushion behind your lower back to help keep your inward arch in your lower back.
- Sit back into your seat so that your lower back is against it
(rather than sitting forwards in your seat and the pillow is doing nothing-which by the way, is one of the reasons people can buy 1500 dollar ergonomic chairs and they are virtually useless because the person sits forward slouched in them).
Other Causes For The Frequent Occurrence Of Pain And Stiffness In The Neck
What about with a pinched nerve?
The good news is that this may also be helped by following good postural habits and (if needed), a bit of self-therapy, and (if necessary) even by doing some quick-specific neck exercises. (These exercises can quickly fast track your healing by re-aligning the disk and take the strain off the soft tissues.)
Many people I see who think they have a pinched nerve because they have radiating symptoms in their arms are not actually suffering from a pinched nerve after all. Quite often I see clients who have referred pain trigger point instead (which is also easily helped.)
What about degenerative disc disease and arthritis?
If you have been told that you have both or either of these, first and foremost this does not necessarily mean that the pain is coming from this condition. In fact, I have seen many clients over the years who told me that their pain could not be helped because they had arthritis, only to find that they soon became pain-free after doing my 3 step method simply because the pain was not coming from the joints after all. I see this all the time, people have been given a diagnosis from an MRI or Xray and believe that they have to live with their pain. This need not be the case!
How about whiplash?
The same thing applies. If you have suffered from chronic neck pain after a whiplash injury, is it from you harming yourself? Are you sure? Now that you know that every inch in front of a central postural position creates an extra 10 pounds of stress on the neck, think how it must feel on a neck that has had a severe injury like a whiplash. I have dealt with many clients over the years who thought they had to live with her “whiplash pain” only to discover that almost magically the pain in the neck disappeared simply by removing the daily pressures on it and doing some easy exercise for it.
So what should you do to help heal The Frequent Occurrence Of Pain And Stiffness In The Neck?
Well, you should know by now, the first and most important step to eliminate the main causes of neck pain which is the forward head posture.
Good neck position starts at the lower back. If you do not sit up straight in your chair, it is impossible for you to have good neck posture. To have good neck positioning is essential to have a good lower back position.
Remember being told to sit up straight in the chair?
I do not teach people to sit up straight. It is not good for a person to be “sitting up straight ‘because the person then creates tension in their bodies to try to do this and get tired very quickly and resorts back to his old ways very soon, slouching.
There’s a lot easier and simpler way to get good posture without tiring yourself.
Here are two quick tips for good computer posture:
1. When you’re at your computer and have your hands on the keyboard your hands should be vertically over the thighs, not over or past your knees. If they are, you will be constantly pulled up and into a forward head position again.
2. To prevent that nagging pain between your shoulder blades from using the mouse you need to ensure that the mouse is not too far from you. Your upper arms should hang vertically from the shoulder joint, resting alongside your ribs, then you stop using your muscles in your upper back and shoulder blade and voila! The pain you have suffered for so long (the knots that are so painfully behind the shoulder blade) will no longer be there because the constant stress and contraction that is required from them will have disappeared.
You have taken the load off!
3. Look at your computer, not into it.
Ok, I know I said 2 tips, but here’s a nice thing to remember.
Look around your workplace and see how many people are slouched at their computers, looking into them. When you assume proper posture you then are once again looking at your computer, not into. Remember, that if your computer screen is not high enough it will also be impossible to be in good postural position because you can’t see the screen without slouching-fix it now!
4. Ok and finally, here is a great way to help the joints and upper back pain. Get a tennis ball and stand with your back against a wall. Place the tennis ball between your back and the wall and move up and down and side to side so that tennis ball is gently squished between the wall and your back muscles. When you find a really tender point stay there for 10-15 seconds, press your weight into the wall. The ball works very much like your massage therapist with his thumbs on your knots and tight areas, but the best part of this is- it’s free!
One of the best things you can do for a stiff neck is to work in different trigger points in your neck. This is again very easy to do and only takes a minute or two per day but provides immediate relief.
But I get tired when I have to sit up straight
Many people find it difficult to assume good posture, it’s ‘tiring’.
But, how tiring is it to be suffering in pain at your seat all day??