Understanding Back and Neck Pain

Muscles, joints, and tendons can only handle so much for so long.

When you overuse muscles, perform repetitive motions, or carry a poor posture, this eventually results in some level of neck or back pain. Whether you are sitting in front of a computer all day, hammering nails, or lifting heavy objects, it’s very likely that you will experience some kind of repetitive motion or overuse disfunction associated with your work environment.

The most effective treatment for these types of problems is Chiropractic care.

The application of chiropractic adjustments to your spinal joints safely restores movement to those joints, improving joint motion and greatly reducing back and neck pain. When Active Release Therapy and other soft tissue therapies are added to the treatment plan, soft tissue (muscle, tendon, and ligament) health is restored, further improving recovery.

Back & Neck Pain Causes

The most common causes of back and neck pain are repetitive motion and overuse, sitting in front of your computer for long periods, bending and lifting improperly, weak core and back muscles, trauma from an accident or fall, and stress induced muscle tightness. Click on the links below for a more detailed explanation of the problem.

Repetitive Motion & Overuse

Most jobs require us to do the same thing over and over. If you are in the same position in front of a computer for 4 to 8 hours per day, you are overusing your shoulder muscles, neck muscles, and back muscles. If you work in building construction or a similar profession, and you frequently use the same tools performing the same tasks for many hours at a time, over the long term you will overuse muscles, causing tightness and pain. In any profession where you perform the same tasks, using the same muscles every day, you may eventually experience discomfort and pain from overuse and repetitive motion.

Poor Workstation Posture

The posture you have while at your computer workstation has a direct affect on the muscles in your back, neck, and shoulders. When you sit at a computer and stay in the same position all day, those muscles become tight, fatigued, and painful. But, one day of this type of posture typically doesn’t cause a problem. It’s when you are sitting at your computer for months that problems may occur. The key to resolving the problems isn’t as much about the ergonomics of your workstation. It’s more about changing the position of your body while at your workstation. Regular movement and posture changes throughout your day help.

Bending & Lifting Improperly

When you bend over to pick something up, or you lift a heavy object, it’s important to engage the proper muscles. Many people don’t, because they either don’t know how or they don’t have the strength. When bending over, it’s much better to squat down and use the powerful muscles in your legs and hips. This protects your back. It’s also important to tighten your stomach. These simple things can protect you from injuring yourself.

Weak Muscles

Repetitive motion and overuse of muscles causes them to become tight and weak. Not exercising regularly leaves muscles weak. Quite often, it’s those weak muscles in your back and shoulders that causes pain and discomfort. One of the best results of exercising the muscles in your back and shoulders is decreased tightness. When you exercise those muscles, they have more endurance. Working out also causes blood to rush in to oxygenate the muscles. When the muscle has plenty of oxygen, it relaxes and decreases tightness.

Stress

Stress over long periods eventually causes muscles to get tight and painful. Many people don’t even realize they are under stress, because they have been living a “GO GO GO” lifestyle for so long they have simply become used to it. Used to it or not, muscles will eventually tighten and fatigue, becoming tender and painful. Improving joint motion and treating and conditioning tight muscles releases stress induced tightness, improving muscle function and reducing pain.