Neck Pain Due to Bad Posture? A Chiropractor Can Help
If you suffer from neck pain, you aren’t alone. This is a common complaint, and modern habits – such as sitting hunched over a mobile phone – have made the issue even more prevalent. There’s even a name for it: text neck.
Poor posture is a common contributing factor to neck pain. Chiropractic care can help.
How Bad Posture & Neck Pain Are Related
The spinal column consists of bony vertebrae, which protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a critical part of the central nervous system, carrying signals between the brain and the other parts of the body. There are 33 vertebrae in total, running from the base of the neck to the coccyx (the tailbone).
These vertebrae are stacked on top of one another. If you slouch or hunch your shoulders, the vertebrae may become subluxated – meaning they shift out of alignment. This puts pressure on the surrounding ligaments, tendons, and muscles, causing soreness and pain.
Chiropractic Neck Pain Treatments for Long-term Relief
Chiropractors have a diversity of tools at their disposal that doesn’t just improve neck pain but also treat the reason behind it – spinal misalignment due to bad posture.
Here are some of the techniques chiropractors use:
- Spinal decompression: This gently stretches the spine, allowing subluxated vertebrae to realign. Spinal decompression can improve overall posture and reduce related neck and back pain.
- Myofascial therapy: This alleviates tension in the fasciae, the connective tissues of the musculoskeletal system. In myofascial therapy, stretches relieve physical stress, while pressure encourages soft tissue healing, reducing soreness.
- Posture screening: Long-term bad posture can cause lasting damage to the spine. A chiropractor can provide a posture screening, pinpointing bad habits and providing corrective exercises for improvement.
- Ergonomics advice: Everyday habits, from sleeping on an old mattress to working at a poorly set-up desk, can contribute to bad posture. A chiropractor can make ergonomic suggestions, for example, on how to adjust your desk chair and computer monitor.
Neck Pain Treatment in Santa Clara, CA
There’s no need to live with neck pain. Dr. Fataneh Hooshdaran, D.C of Chiropractic USA can help. Dr. Hooshdaran offers a holistic approach, focusing not only on immediate relief but also on long-term preventive measures to avoid the recurrence of pain.
Schedule an appointment online now or call our office at (408) 244-7677.