The neck acts as a support for the weight of the head, and as such is under constant stress. It also contains most of the nerves that connect your brain to the rest of the body. Problems with the neck often arise from long term postural stresses from hours at a pc or in the car. Emotional stress also often causes tension in the neck. It is therefore no surprise that we all could do with a bit of loosening up in the neck from time to time.
Because of the nerves passing through the neck, treatment of the neck is often used to treat pain in the head, neck, shoulders or arms.
Whiplash is a sudden, uncontrolled movement through the neck, often through the result of a car accident, but not necessarily – any sudden movement from a fall or trauma can cause whiplash-type injury. This sudden movement or compression of the joints can cause damage to the joints, muscles, ligaments or even discs. Symptoms are varied and can include neck pain, dizziness, headaches, arm pain, fatigue or poor concentration.
These injuries often respond well to Chiropractic care following a careful history and examination, often together with exercises and postural advice and possibly x-rays.
Headaches and Migraine
There are many types of headache, and they are very common, we all have one now and again, but if you are suffering a lot of headaches or migraines we can help.
The most common type of headache is a referred pain from the muscles in the upper neck and back, associated with poor posture, stress or after an injury.
Migraines are severe headaches with other associated symptoms, which can have many different causes, but problems with the joints in the neck can have a contributory role.
Chiropractic treatment is very effective in reducing stiffness in the neck joints and muscles, and often involves gentle adjustments to free up stiff joints and massage to reduce muscle tension. Exercises will also often be given which help maintain flexibility and reduce recurrence.
From the team at Barron Chiropractic Clinic - celebrating 30 years of providing natural healthcare to the people of Walton-on-Thames