Neck Pain in Seattle, WA
The neck is such an important joint, however, we only notice it when something goes wrong.
The English language has an unflattering expression to designate someone who irritates us: he is a pain in the neck. An actual pain in the neck is a tremendous irritant, as it can make even the simplest of movements involving the neck, head, arms, shoulders and back excruciatingly difficult.
Are You Experiencing Neck Pain?
Whether chronic or acute neck pain, it is vital to understand the root of the pain in order to get treatments that will be effective in both short and long term recovery. Let us look at the causes of neck pain and we will explain how treatments offered at Pinnacle Integrative Health can be a useful alternative to conventional treatments.
Causes of Neck Pain
Relatively speaking, the neck is small, yet it does the job of holding your head up. Infants are able to hold their head up on their own by the time they are six months old. The neck is the cervical spine, with small size vertebrae that allow for a lot mobility. The joint where our neck joins the head is called a pivotal joint, which allows us to bend our head forward and backward and turn the head to our right or left. While the small size vertebrae allow for a wide range of movement, they can also make the neck more vulnerable to injury and pain. The following is a list of some of the causes of neck pain:
- Poor Posture. Yes, your parents were right, good posture is important
- Sleeping position and bad pillows
- Trauma, for instance, whiplash
- Repetitive stress
- Abnormalities in the bone structure
- Disc degeneration
- Muscle strains and pulls
The above can impact proper spine alignment. When muscles in the neck go into spasm, the spine gets pulled out of alignment. When the spine is misaligned, the nerves become irritated and cause further tension and other systemic problems. Because every nerve in the body has its root in the spinal column, issues that have their source at the neck can have a major impact throughout on every other system.
Neck Pain Strategies
In rare instances, the pain goes away. However, spinal problems should not be allowed to go uncorrected as the pain will usually not go away on its own, because the underlying issues that cause the neck pain are still there. Over time, that area can become aggravated, and the problem become more serious. As blood flow in the area is impeded, patients might experience chronic unrelenting headaches and chronic shoulder pain. Some patients let things go to the point where surgery may be the only option.
Conventional vs. Holistic Treatments: Neck Pain Solutions
At first, most people reach out for over the counter medications and go about their business. Or they get a pain prescription from their doctors. This may help to relieve the symptoms in the short term, but the underlying issue goes unaddressed, while patient is experiencing the side effects of those medications.
Massage Therapy has become more popular over the years and can help to relieve muscle tightness and tension.
Acupuncture treatment is a holistic practice that can help with the tendons, muscles and ligaments of the neck, releasing stress, stimulating proper blood flow and helping dispel inflammation and restore flexibility.
We also offer Stem cells and/or PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatments that have been very successful in addressing many of the issues involving the vertebrae and facets of the neck.
Call our team at Pinnacle Integrative Health today to set up a consultation and bring an end to the pain in your neck.