Neck Pain Treatment Singapore
Are you frequently experiencing neck pain due to stiffness? Vitality Chiropractic’s treatment options effectively solve the neck aches that you experience, using specialist techniques to help you feel better.
What is neck pain?
With more people working in front of the desk and mobile devices, it’s inevitable that our posture becomes affected in the long run. Sitting in front of a desk for long periods of time can affect the way our cervical spine is aligned. When we slouch, our head is brought forward which makes our neck muscles more strained as it needs to carry the weight of our head in order to support it. Hence, neck pain has become a very common problem among Singaporeans.
Neck pain can be insignificant for some people and the neck aches can go away. However, many people experience chronic neck pain after many years of accumulated stress on the neck which can be debilitating and may not respond to medical treatments. In some cases, people may also experience associated headaches, migraines, ear pain, shoulder pain, and sensations in the arms and hands, such as numbness and tingling.
Some people find that massage, acupuncture or general Chiropractic care provided improvements in their neck pain. However, others have found their condition needed a more specific and specialised approach to identifying the underlying cause of the problem, such as Upper Cervical Chiropractic.
FACT: Research shows up to 70% of people experience neck pain, and the rates are rising in Singapore and the rest of the world too!
Neck pain is considered a modern problem and is very common among many of our patients. Our treatment plan requires no invasive surgery or medication! We provide our patients with effective remedies to neck pain and is considered one of the best neck pain treatments in Singapore.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF NECK PAIN?
For most cases of neck pain, it is caused by the nerves, muscles and joints in the neck producing pain signals. This usually will resolve on its own after a few days. However, in some cases, it may persist longer or will start to happen on a more regular basis. In these cases, it becomes a big problem and gets in the way of activities. This may lead to changing normal behaviours, such as your work posture, avoiding exercise and sleep position.
Neck pain can have widespread effects on the rest of the body, including the organs and muscles and is usually an indication of an injury. Damage to the neck will interfere with the nerves that pass from the neck to the body, such as the famous neck injury to the actor, Christopher Reeves.
Some common causes of neck pain include:
Falls, sports, car crashes, whiplash… these can all damage the bones and nerves of the neck and affect the spine, producing pain.
2. Poor posture
This includes too much time seated, staring at computers and looking down at phones. This overstretches the nerves and muscles, causing them to spasm. The shape of the neck may change over time and it can result in degeneration of the bones. A forward head posture and lack of natural neck curve are correlated with poor health and reduced function of some vital organs, including the heart and lungs.
3. Poor sleeping positions
As we spend most of our time in our lives sleeping, the way you position your body as you sleep also matters! Sleeping in the wrong position can have negative effects on your neck and back; if you often sleep on your stomach, it’s probably time to change your habits!
Mental and emotional stress will reduce the body’s ability to heal and maintain proper health. The fight or flight response causes the body to react to stress and tense the neck and shoulder muscles, damaging the nerves.
These triggers can increase pain and discomfort, such as often waking up with a stiff neck or even developing current conditions to a text neck.
STIFF NECK OR NECK PAIN AFTER WAKING UP?
Neck pain after waking up can be a common experience. Things may feel fine in the evening, but by the morning the neck is stiff and tight. This may even cause symptoms in the jaw, shoulder, arm or fingers.
The truth is the neck pain after waking up is not due to solely one night’s sleep. It is an accumulation of poor sleeping position, posture, old injuries, stress, overexertion and other factors over time. It may seem sensical to blame a mattress or pillow, but it is due to a combination of factors that have degraded the health of the neck over time.
In these instances, the neck pain after waking up is a result of the straw that broke the camel’s back, with months of abuse /injury (non-symptomatic) eventually affecting the nerves which feel pain (symptomatic).
WHAT IS TEXT NECK?
Text neck is a modern issue, increasing in its prevalence and severity. Due to our increased use of phones, tablets and other screens, we are now looking down much more. By looking down this strains the neck, forcing it to flex forward. Naturally, the neck should have a curve when looking at a person from their side.
Prolonged time looking down will straighten the neck away from its natural curve, resulting in text neck syndrome.
This text neck syndrome will put pressure on the nerves, joints, ligaments and muscles of the neck. They will be forced into an unnatural position, causing dysfunction and eventually symptoms, such as pain. This is becoming more common in young people. This is especially worrisome for the effect it will have on the nerves exiting the neck.
Research shows that a poor posture, with a straight ‘text neck’, increases the likelihood of visceral complications, such as breathing and heart issues
The nerves in the neck supply information to the rest of the body after they pass from the brain. If the messages transmitted by these nerves are disrupted it will interfere with the information that needs to pass to the organs. This can damage the brainstem and vagus nerve.
HOW IS NECK PAIN DIAGNOSED?
Doctors may send for X-rays or MRIs to assess the neck. Often it can be difficult for the medical system to identify the problem unless there is a clear source for the pain, such as a fracture. The next step may be to refer to a Physiotherapist, general Chiropractor or Orthopaedic surgeon. However, for neck pain there should be a full assessment of the cervical spine from an Upper Cervical Chiropractor first, as they specialise in and only treat the neck.
This may seem like a ‘normal’ complaint, but the neck is extremely important and must be taken seriously.
HOW TO RELIEVE NECK PAIN?
There are many treatment options available out there to treat neck pain, including pain medication and muscle relaxants but these don’t provide long-term solutions. Neck pain is a serious health problem and can impact work, family relationships, friendships and finances in the long run.
Other approaches include Physiotherapy, massage, acupuncture and stretching. These approaches focus on the muscles rather than the nerves, so the pain will usually return as there have not been changes made to deal with the problem at hand.
In some cases, relaxing the neck muscles excessively can worsen the symptoms, because the tense muscles are protecting the nerves. Once the protection is removed the damage to the nerves increases. If untreated, a neck problem can worsen and cause TMJ disorder or ear pain.
It is not advisable to let anyone adjust your neck unless they are a trained and licensed Chiropractor.
For better advice on dealing with your neck pain, it’s strongly advisable to visit an experienced Chiropractor in Singapore to get your spinal health looked at in more detail. A Chiropractor will be able to assess the condition of your spinal cord and determine whether there are any other underlying disorders that may be contributing to your neck pain.
STIFF NECK EXERCISES & EXERCISES FOR NECK PAIN
Exercises for neck pain (as shown in the video below) may not necessarily ‘cure’ the neck problem, however, they can provide temporary relief. This can be helpful if you aren’t able to see a health professional (such as a Chiropractor) or to help support the improvements you experience with your practitioner.
The exercises for neck pain below are passive movements, rather than stretches, which will gently improve the alignment of the neck. The alignment of the structures of the neck is usually the main problem, therefore the structure must be the main focus.
Aggressive stretching of the muscles can make the problem worse or further exacerbate the symptoms. The muscles of the neck may be sore due to overworking (such as with a forward head posture), where the muscles become overstretched. The muscles then instinctively tighten to ‘correct’ the posture. This results in them becoming tired and sore. Logically, stretching them further won’t fix the problem, but potentially make it even worse.
Exercises for neck pain should be used for temporary relief or to support interventions from a trained practitioner. Watch the video below to learn home exercises for neck pain.
For more effective neck pain treatments, it is strongly advisable to visit a Chiropractor in Singapore experienced in helping patients with their neck problems to identify the root cause of the problem. A Chiropractor will be able to assess your condition more accurately and look at the trigger points of your neck pain without any invasive movements on your neck region. At Vitality Chiropractic, we’ve discovered that the Upper Cervical Chiropractic technique has been effective in providing many patients with long term solutions to their discomfort based on the conditions that they’ve been in.
VITALITY CHIROPRACTIC: NECK PAIN TREATMENT IN SINGAPORE
Some people find that massage, acupuncture or general Chiropractic care provided improvements in their neck pain. However, others have found their condition needed a more specific and specialised approach to identifying the underlying cause of the problem. We’ve found that Upper Cervical Chiropractic care has especially good success with stubborn and difficult chronic cases of neck pain, helping patients to relieve neck pain and stiffness.
At Vitality Chiropractic, we regularly help patients who have years of neck pain. We provide a natural, effective treatment for people who have suffered from stiff necks and other health problems. Many have already been to their medical doctor, orthopaedic surgeon, osteopaths, massage treatments and even to other Chiropractors, but have not found a solution to their pain until they visited us.
Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care is a unique approach, focusing on the top bones in the neck. These bones, C1 and C2, are the foundation for the neck and protect the brainstem. Restoring normal biomechanics to the region brings balance to the nerve system and restoration of health.
We help our patients to take their lives back. In fact, our clinic is the first and only Chiropractic Clinic in Singapore to specialise in this Upper Cervical Chiropractic care technique. We perform specific neurological tests, nerve scans and specialised biomechanical x-rays to diagnose and relieve neck pain effectively, providing long-lasting results.
Our doctor of Chiropractic has undertaken additional post-graduate training in Upper Cervical care to give patients the best results possible for neck pain. If you’re looking for a neck pain specialist in Singapore that can help you determine the causes of your pain, our Chiropractor is the person you’ve been looking for!
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