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Neck Pain

Chronic Neck Pain

Neck pain is very common with about one in 10 people having it at any given time.1 This comes as no surprise when we consider the activities of modern life such as sitting in front of a computer, watching prolonged periods of television and an increasing incidence of poor posture with hand held devices; particularly forward head posture, twisting and turning the neck in a jarring manner while exercising.3

Neck problems can also cause headache, shoulder pain, Temporo-Mandibular Disorders (TMD) or jaw pain, or pins and needles in the hands and upper back pain.

We encourage you to contact us for a thorough assessment with one of our Registered Acupuncturists at Acu-ease if you regularly experience any of the following:

  • persistent neck ache first thing in the morning
  • neck stiffness when reversing in the car
  • headaches
  • clicking neck noise when turning
  • constantly aching neck muscles
  • tingling in your hands or fingers

Causes of Neck Pain

By far the most common cause of neck pain seen at Acu-ease relates to the effects of poor posture.3 In order to understand the impact of poor posture, we must first consider why spinal alignment and spinal fatigue within the neck is so important.3 Your head weighs about 5 kg and in normal alignment it is very carefully balanced on top of your seven neck bones (vertebrae).

Your muscles work very hard to maintain this position and easily withstand short periods of variation. The problem arises when we assume awkward positions for prolonged periods, the fine balance is disturbed and the nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments and discs of your neck become fatigued, leading to strain and irritation. In fact, the tension in your neck and shoulder muscles doubles for every 2-3 cm that your head is forward!

Over time, the neck strain and pressure accumulate to a point where it may become chronically inflamed and even the smallest changes in posture cause significant discomfort. Coupled with the emotional stresses and demands of modern life, it is no surprise why neck pain is so common.2

Other common causes of neck pain commonly seen at Acu-ease include prolonged emotional strain, whiplash, arthritis and sporting injuries.