Neck and Shoulder Pain
Is Neck and Shoulder pain affecting your life? Are you unable to perform your daily tasks? Is your shoulder and neck pain dragging you down?
Don't worry - it may appear bad, usually it isn't.
The majority of pain that travels to your shoulder from your neck is - referred pain. Your shoulder is usually not the problem. It may feel that way but actually your shoulder joint will not be at fault.
Read on to find out the why your pain happens and the first essential step to remove it.
In fact - the first 5-10 degrees of movement in your shoulder comes from your shoulder joint. The rest relies on the movement of your upper back and neck, the shoulder blade and collar bones. If these areas work incorrectly then shoulder pain occurs.
Most neck and shoulder pain is a result of prolonged postures, lifting heavy objects and minor falls. These irritate the joints in the neck and upper back. This then creates the muscles around the upper back and shoulder to tighten and become sore - you know, the shoulder muscles everyone loves to rub when you are stressed. Suddenly you now have neck and shoulder pain.
Why does your pain happen?
Your upper back and neck are in constant states of stress. You sit at the desk all day, tiredness is common, the daily stresses and deadlines all 'ride on your shoulders'.
The muscles and joints in the neck and upper back become tired. As they tire the muscles tighten, neck pain then increases. Suddenly you notice your neck and shoulder pain has arrived.
The big problem is you can't really rest these areas. After all, you still have to go to work and perform your daily rituals. The shoulder and neck pain usually only happens towards the end of the day. So when you get up and get going - life seems okay, today.
Each day this pain can increase until the shoulder and neck pain affects your daily life. You suddenly find your arm feels like a lead weight. You can't move your arm and shoulder as much as you use to. Headaches may develop and your entire spine feels stiff and sore.
Don't worry - if this sounds familiar, there is hope.
With a few simple exercises and a few daily changes to your routines, shoulder and neck pain can disappear quickly and easily.
Is your Neck and Shoulder Pain serious?
Most shoulder and neck pain causes are not a serious condition. The reason your shoulder is sore is that the neck and upper back are just not working correctly.
If you have had a fall or injury and suddenly develop shoulder and neck pain - seek help. Any injury may affect the many sensitive structures in your neck and upper back. Shoulder and neck pain if they occur together may relate to disc injuries.
This is more likely if you are having neck and arm pain, rather than shoulder pain. Pain that travels down the arm to any extent may indicate more severe problems.
But as in all pain conditions - if you have had a fall, injury or pain is not easing quickly - seek help from a health professional.
The first step to remove your pain
The majority of neck and shoulder pain will ease quickly and easily. Even faster if you perform a few simple stretches and techniques to help get those areas moving again.
The joints and muscles in the area are smaller than the lower back areas. They cause more pain because they are more sensitive. Not good when pain is there.
The good news is - they also respond quicker to certain techniques and exercises.
Neck and shoulder pain will ease quickly if you:
Neck and shoulder pain can feel like a serious problem. The limited movement you have it not a serious problem.
To remove your pain, you still need to address all the factors causing it. The first step though is not pain relief but detection.
You need to find the causes of your pain, what distortion patterns exists in your spine that allow your muscular and joint imbalances. These are the causes, not how you sit stand lift or bend.
What is the best approach to ease your Neck and Shoulder Pain?
To get long lasting results you must both remove the symptoms and the cause. First you must identify which spinal imbalances are present, then attack the symptomatic processes. This can be achieved by using many techniques from ice/heat, Acupressure and anti-inflammatory measures. Then you must perform corrective techniques that target the spinal imbalances.
The principles of Spinal Balancing address the both the pain and the root cause of the condition that is responsible for your lower right back pain. Through self assessments, your individual spinal imbalances can be identified, and a targeted corrective program can be developed for your specific needs.
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