The Neck Pain Causes and The Solutions for Them

Neck pain causes can be very complex. Your pain may be severe or just a minor 'stiff' neck. No matter how much pain you are suffering, the causes of neck pain help you find simple solutions.

Most pain that affects the neck is debilitating. Mainly due to the many daily activities that require you to use your neck. If you keep using your neck, pain is always slower to heal. Aggravations are also greater.

Read on to discover why neck pain occurs, the reasons why it stays too long and the solutions you can use to relieve your neck pain.


Neck pain causes

Although there are many causes of neck pain, most are not severe. Even if you have pain radiating to your shoulder and arm, suffer headaches or other parts of your back are sore. Most neck pain causes are straight forward.

In fact - the pain arises from tight muscles, joint stiffness, weak muscles and inflammation.

The reason why these happen is the complex area. Major and severe causes of neck pain include:

  • Spinal stenosis - a narrowing of the spinal canal

  • Disc injuries - protruding or bulging discs, or if severe prolapse.

  • Severe degeneration - usually as a result of past injuries or whiplash accidents.

The more common and lesser neck pain causes include:

  • Stress - physical and emotional stresses

  • Prolonged postures - many people fall asleep on sofas and chairs and wake with sore necks

  • Minor injuries and falls - car accidents, sporting events and day to day minor injuries

  • Referred pain - mostly from upper back problems

  • Over-use - muscular strain is one of the most common causes.

Even though the causes are listed above, the actual underlying cause relates to imbalances that develop in your spine. Once these imbalances are present, they allow your muscles and joints to function poorly, and allow your day-to-day activities to increase stress on your spine. You can read more about how these imbalances develop at our Back Pain Causes web page.


Neck pain statistics

The statistics are alarming - only 40% of people recover fully from neck pain or unknown origin - 30% remain to have ongoing mild symptoms and 30% will continue to have major symptoms.

Even in whiplash, only 60% recover fully within 3 months of injury.

The reason these statistics are alarming is that you keep suffering. Neck pain is easily corrected if you address the entire problem... this means dealing with both the symptoms and the underlying cause ... imbalances in your entire spine.

Neck pain causes are complex, from injuries to stress, from minor to severe - all are correctable if you take action now. The causes of neck pain are no different to other back pain conditions. Neck pain is just less tolerated due to the smaller joints, more refined muscles and because you use your neck more.


Which Muscles and Joints Are At Fault

some of the back muscles in neck pain causesIt may sound strange, but most the common areas involved with neck pain are not your neck itself.

The upper back supports the weight of your head on your shoulders. All the muscles of your neck start in the upper back and attach again into either your spine or skull.

If the upper back is therefore out of balance then neck pain can occur.

You can still have local issues with joints in the neck or muscles there also, but you do need to assess the entire area to make sure you remove all the causes of neck pain.

You can relieve pain easily at home, once you know which areas to target. The neck is actually an area that is easy to treat at home as you can reach the area easily.

With a few stretches, some joint techniques and even acupressure you can ease pain quickly. If you want to learn some techniques to use at home simply click the following link...

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trigger points cause neck painAnother common cause of neck pain are Trigger Points. Trigger points are localized muscle spasms that can cause pain locally, refer pain and even cause joint stiffness.

They are commonly left untreated and can recreate a lot of your pain. The common muscles that contain trigger points referring gain to the neck area are the neck extensors, Upper Trapezius and Levator scapulae. These can also commonly cause headaches too.

This is why it is essential to detect what exactly is causing neck pain, not just one or two muscles but then entire process of why your pain occurs.


What is the best approach to ease your neck pain?

Detecting imbalances in your spine is key along with identifying what trigger points are potentially causing your pain. Once you now which areas are out of balance, which muscles and joints need attention, you can then apply various techniques to return your neck to balance.

The best approach is using a combination of techniques. You need a combination of techniques as simple stretches will not change joint movement or eliminate trigger points. The same applies with any individual technique.

A combination of techniques that target both muscle and joint imbalances, removes trigger points and then improves the strength of the area is ideal. The best approach also allows you to take control of your neck pain at home.

Seeking help from practitioners is advisable with extreme pain, but for the majority of neck pain sufferers, you can deal with the issues simply by using techniques at home.

If you've decided to take action, want to now who to eliminate all the neck pain causes, then read more about the simple process to follow by clicking the link below.


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