odern living tends to be a stressful mix of desk and computer work that can play havoc with necks.
Many people suffer from neck or shoulder and arm pain in their lives, and therefore seek help for these complaints.
Can neck pain cause pain in the shoulder?
Yes. The nerves in the neck run across the shoulders and down the arms into the hands. It can therefore cause pain anywhere in the shoulder or down the arm and cause other symptoms such as pins and needles, numbness or tingling.
Why does the computer cause neck pain and shoulder?
The joints in the spine are designed for movement, by looking at a computer screen the joints can get stiff and tired and the muscles can become tense and weak as they are being used inappropriately. Posture can also have a huge effect on the strain on the joints and muscles in the neck, this can also spread from the nerves in the neck into the shoulder and arm.
Wear and Tear
Otherwise known as Osteoarthritis, or Joint Degeneration it can occur due to stress or trauma to the spine occurring over time. The effect of this on the neck is a decrease in mobility and and increased feeling of stiffness. The spine is like all things in life, the better it is taken care of the better it works. Chiropractic can be used to reduce the symptoms of wear and tear and it is never too late to help you spine.
How can Chiropractic help?
Chiropractors are trained in diagnosing the cause of the neck or shoulder pain using many tests to find the problem so we can find a way of treating it. Chiropractors use small force movements known as adjustments to the upper back and neck along with muscle relaxing techniques to the problem. By making the spine move properly and exercising the muscles that support the spine many neck and shoulder conditions can be improved.
To help find that cause we offer:
- A Private Consultation with the Doctor of Chiropractic
- A Thorough Examination including Neurological, Orthopaedic & Blood Pressure Tests
- X-Rays, if necessary
- A Verbal Report of our Findings and thorough Explanation of the X-Rays
After which you should know more about your body and the problems you are experiencing than you ever have before. Whether you go ahead with treatment, as always, is entirely your decision
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