Our necks have the weighty responsibility to hold up our heads. The average head weighs 8 – 10 lbs. If held wrong then it goes out of alignment and that causes neck pain.
Common causes of neck injury leading to neck pain include bad posture, car accidents, especially whiplash injuries, sports accidents and sleeping without adequate neck support.
Here are suggestions for alleviating the pain:
- Avoid over the counter medication. These only disguise the pain by preventing the brain from receiving the signal that something is wrong. They’re good for short term situations but nothing more.
- If your neck pain lasts more than a few days it’s wise to seek help from a chiropractor. Chiropractors have the knowledge and skills to assess and correct neck and spine problems. They can realign the spine and muscles back into their correct positions, thus taking the strain off the neck. This relieves the pain and reduces its chance of returning.
- Examine the pillow you’re using. If you have chronic neck pain, your pillow could be part of the problem. Your pillow should be keeping your spine in a neutral position, neither pushing your head up towards the ceiling nor dropping it down towards the bed. Your best choice is an adjustable pillow. The Mediflow Waterbase pillow is a good choice. It’s infinite