Chiropractic Care & Neck Pain, Spasms, and Neck Creaking
Have you been experiencing neck pain, spasms, and neck creaking? Chiropractic care is a powerful form of care for any issues related to the neck. The neck is mainly made up of a cluster of nerves, the cervical spine, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These parts of the body comprise the nervous system, the skeletal system, and the muscular system, all of which chiropractic care can treat successfully. If you’re exploring chiropractic care as a potential treatment for neck pain, spasms, and neck creaking, here are four things you should know:
#1. Neck pain can have many different causes.
Neck pain is one of the most common forms of discomfort in the adult population of the US, affecting nearly 50% of people at some point in their lifetime.
Neck pain can have a variety of causes, but can usually be traced back to two main causes: poor spinal alignment (often in the form of forward-head posture) or an injury-related imbalance.
Forward Head Posture
Forward head posture is the most common form of spinal misalignment in the neck area.
When forward head posture is occurring, it’s easily identified from a cursory analysis: when posture is balanced, the head rests on the neck directly over the shoulders. If the head is resting in front of the shoulders or chest, this indicates that forward head posture is present.
When forward head posture is occurring, it causes the pressure and weight of the head to be multiplied on the neck and shoulders. This can create additional tension in those areas, as the muscles struggle to compensate for the misplaced weight.
Forward head posture can be difficult to correct on its own, as it tends to worsen over time.
Neck Pain from Injury
Neck pain resulting from injury is another common cause of chronic discomfort. When the neck is subject to impact (for example, from an auto accident), it can cause subluxation. Subluxation occurs when a joint slips (or is forced) out of its natural alignment.
When joints have moved out of alignment in the neck, or when the neck experiences trauma and impact, this can create pain resulting from inflammation, pinched nerves, tense muscles, and misalignment in the skeletal structure.
Neck pain resulting from injury—particularly if the injury hasn’t been fully rehabilitated—can worsen over time if left untreated.
#2. What is a neck spasm, and how can chiropractic care treat it?
A neck spasm is a sudden tightening and tension in the muscles of the neck. If you experience a neck spasm, it often feels like a sharp pain occurring in one or more areas of the neck, and may be followed or accompanied by deep muscle pain that makes movement uncomfortable.
If you feel a muscle in your neck that is spasming or has spasmed, it may feel extremely tight to the touch. It may also feel weak, and holding your head upright might be difficult.
If you’re experiencing neck spasms frequently, or a persistent spasm that doesn’t seem to reduce by itself, it’s likely that there is an activity or posture that you engage in often which is causing strain to your neck.
Common activities that can cause neck spasms include working at a computer, slouching, looking up or down for long periods of time (for example, painting a ceiling or installing a floor), side-sleeping or back-sleeping on a pillow not suited for your body, exercising vigorously, or excessive stretching.
Severe neck spasms can occur as the result of a torn muscle in the neck (a result of physical overexertion), as well as from stress-related tension originating from anxiety or other mental and physical distress.
Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Spasms
Chiropractic treatment for neck spasms is very effective. Chiropractic care focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system, all of which is involved in the pain associated with neck spasms.
The neuromusculoskeletal system is made up of the nervous system, the muscular system, and the skeletal system. When a chiropractor delivers treatment to these systems (often in the form of a cervical manipulation or adjustment), it helps to rebalance the entire network of systems.
Chiropractic treatment for neck spasms will aid in realigning the skeletal structure of the area, releasing any tight muscles, and alleviating pressure from nerves that are inflamed or compressed.
Regular chiropractic treatment helps to keep the neck soft and limber, improves circulation, decreases tension, and helps to facilitate healing and recovery from injuries.
#3. It’s natural for necks to creak, unless you’re experiencing pain.
If you’re wondering “why does my neck creak?” and are worried that it’s not normal, you shouldn’t be concerned unless you’re experiencing pain when you move your neck.
The sounds that most people hear when they move their head around (rolling it over the shoulders or turning it from side to side) is related to the nitrogen bubbles that are present in the joints of the area. When you move your head, this can create a constant sound of “creaking,” “snapping,” or “popping.” It’s nothing to worry about, and is quite normal.
If you move your head from side to side or turn your neck and feel pain, then it’s important to seek out care to determine what is causing the pain. In some instances, the sounds caused by head and neck movement can be the result of degeneration of the spine or discs, injury, or something specific occuring in one of your joints.
#4. Regular chiropractic care can rejuvenate your neck.
At Advanced Spine and Posture of North Las Vegas, we are the neck experts. We’re committed to ensuring that the health of your neck and spine are as supported as possible.
In addition to helping restore optimal alignment, our expert team works together to determine the exact source of any neck pain you are experiencing, and treat it accordingly. Our team of expert chiropractors, physical therapists, and integrative medicine specialists collaborate to help rehabilitate your neck and spine, helping to provide the mobility, comfort, and posture you need to live your highest quality of life.
If you’re ready to get started on your journey to neck restoration and support, book your appointment today.