Your neck supports the weight and movement of your head - quite a job, since an adult's head
can weigh between ten and fourteen pounds! It also contains the vast majority of nerves that
reach from your brain to the rest of your body, like a pipe full of fibre-optic cables. With the
amount of driving, computer work and TV watching that most of us do, it's not surprising that
many people suffer with neck pain.
The further away from your body you hold something, the heavier it feels. Neck pain may often
be caused by the long-term effect of bad posture, especially when you regularly hold a weight
too far from your body. This might be:
the weight of your head, as you bend over a desk
lifting babies and children
carrying shopping or golf clubs into or out of the back of your car
The result is a loss of proper movement in the joints, and a strain on the muscles in your neck, which may lead to pain and stiffness, although it may take days, weeks or even months to develop.
A combination of chiropractic manipulation, massage and a number of other techniques will help restore normal movement to your neck and so reduce the pain. Your chiropractor may also prescribe exercises to help you regain strength and flexibility and help relieve any long-term pain and discomfort.