Research has shown that more than 80% of individuals involved in a motor vehicle accident suffer a whiplash injury and more than 50% of those injured report ongoing or recurrent neck pain 1 year after the accident. A whiplash injury occurs when there’s a sudden, forceful snapping of the head backward then forward, or vice versa. They most commonly result from auto accidents but can also be seen with high contact sports or from a fall.
Staying connected to friends and family is easier than ever with social media. The tradeoff is that your daily screen time may be 1, 2, 3 hours or more. And let’s face it, a lot of those hours online are spent in an awkward forward head posture that experts have begun to call “tech neck.” It can result in neck pain, headaches, spinal disc issues, and even pinched nerves.
Breathing is a very primal movement which happens subconsciously. However it can have an affect on how we move and how we stabilize. It also plays a role in regulating our body’s Ph (acidic and alkaline) levels. For neck and back pain sufferers this should be a fundamental movement that is corrected before any other exercises are taken on. Continue reading “Correct Your Breathing to Reduce Pain” »
Poor posture of the upper back and neck will often result in pain, joint stiffness, and muscle tightness. The cervical spine and the supporting muscles become labored and stressed with a forward head posture. This is a common presentation when the chin protrudes forward rather than remaining in its proper position over the chest. At the spinal level, this can affect the joint movement which may result in wear and tear. An imbalance of the supporting muscles will most often result. The upper trap muscles are among those that become overactive and tight. Continue reading “A Simple Exercise for Neck and Upper Back Pain” »
Although there are over 150 classifications of headaches, most of those classifications will fall under tension related headaches. While tension headaches have many causative factors, the symptoms present very similar. Symptoms of a tension headache will include pain around the head and/or neck and may have associated neck muscle tightness. The pain will often be described as a dull or achy pain that may get worse as the day goes on. A tension headache will respond very well to manual therapy, but here a few other things to consider on your own. Continue reading “Self-Management for Headaches” »
When someone complains of jaw pain, we obviously look at the jaw itself, but when do we consider problems in the jaw and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) as a source of pain somewhere else? If pain is present in the neck or upper back, the muscles that control the jaw and the joint itself must be evaluated. We also consider jaw dysfunction with headache sufferers as well. It is well researched that those with jaw pain or increased jaw muscle tone will have increased activity of the muscles that support the head and neck. Continue reading “If You Clench Your Jaw…” »