Most people experience neck pain in their lifetime. It may be due to sleeping the wrong way in bed or something more serious, such as a sports injury. Whatever the cause may be, neck pain can be painful and disruptive to the person’s life.
If you’re dealing with neck pain that is causing problems in your life, it might be time to pay a visit to your chiropractor.
When You Need a Chiropractor
Neck pain can be hard to treat, especially when the cause isn’t known. The only way to know if a chiropractor can alleviate the pain is to ask yourself these questions:
Did you sleep wrong on your neck?
Many people describe this as a “crick in the neck”. If you woke up with the neck pain and it’s hard to move your head from side to side and up and down, it’s likely you hyperextended your neck muscles while you were sleeping. A chiropractor can make adjustments that will relieve the stiffness, which will help your mobility and pain.
Do you slouch when working at a computer?
People who slouch when sitting often place too much pressure on their neck and shoulders. Over time, this can cause muscle and tissue issues that will lead to aching and pain. A chiropractor can help move the muscles and tissues to relieve the nerve endings causing the pain. With regular treatment, the neck pain will cease.
Did you hurt your neck while being physically active?
If you’ve been playing tennis, basketball, or another sport and have been hit in the shoulder, neck or any place near them, you may be suffering from pain, but also numbness and weakness.
Only you know if your injuries are serious enough for an ER visit. If you’re able to still move, talk and otherwise function normally, a chiropractor could save you a lot of money. However, if you’re immobile and in excruciating pain, a visit to the ER is probably the best choice.
Have you been drinking enough water?
Drinking is so incredibly important to people’s health, and when they don’t get enough of it, they can start to suffer from dehydration. Neck pain can be a side effect of dehydration, so consider drinking some water to see if it goes away. If it doesn’t, something else may be going on, and a chiropractor will be able to tell you.
How are you holding your phone?
If you’re not using speakerphone most of the time, you’re likely cradling the phone between your ear and shoulder. This is just asking for neck problems. After some time, the pain may not subside even after not cradling the phone. That’s when chiropractic care can help you recover from the stress placed on your neck.
Getting Help from a Chiropractor in Austin
Contact First Chiropractic in Austin if you’re looking for chiropractic care for neck pain. Our chiropractor has many years of experience helping people who suffer from neck pain and other physical ailments. Learn more about his chiropractic services here or call (512) 448-1012 for a consultation.