We associate the neck pain
and upper back
together, because most of the muscles that are associated with the neck either attach to, or are located in, the upper back. The spinal cord runs through a space in the vertebrae to send nerve
impulses to every part of the body. Between each pair of cervical
vertebrae, the spinal cord sends off large bundles of nerves that run
down the arms and to some degree, the upper back. This means that if
your arm is hurting, it may actually be a problem in the neck! Symptoms
in the arms can include numbness, tingling, cold, aching, and "pins and
Problems in the neck can also contribute to headaches, muscle spasms in
the shoulders and upper back, ringing in the ears, otitis media
(inflammation in the middle ear, often mistaken for an ear infection in
children), temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), restricted range
of motion and chronic tightness in the neck and upper back.
At Facca Chiropractic Clinic, our clients receive a complete assessment and explanation of the different types of chiropractic services that are offered to help alleviate your pain by finding it's true source. We develop a plan specifically for each patient to assist them in recovering from their pain without drugs or surgery.
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The Causes of Neck and Upper Back Pain
Most neck pain
and upper back pain
is caused by a combination of factors, including
injury, poor posture, chiropractic subluxations, stress, and in some instances, disc problems.
One of the most common causes of neck pain, and sometimes headaches, is poor posture. It's easy to get into bad posture habits without even realizing it -
even an activity as "innocent" as reading in bed can ultimately lead to
pain, headaches, and more serious problems. The basic rule is simple:
keep your neck in a "neutral" position whenever possible. Don't bend or
hunch your neck forward for long periods. Also, try not to sit in one
position for a long time.
By far, the most common injury to the neck is a whiplash injury.
Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head, either backward,
forward, or sideways, that results in the damage to the supporting
muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper
Subluxations in the neck and upper back area are also extremely common due to
the high degree of stress associated with holding up your head, coupled
with the high degree of instability in the cervical spine.
Finally, stress can be a big contributor as well. When most people become stressed, they unconsciously contract their
muscles. In particular, the muscles in their back. This 'muscle
guarding' is a survival response designed to guard against injury. In
today's world where we are not exposed to physical danger most of the
time, muscle guarding still occurs whenever we become emotionally
stressed. The areas most affected are the muscles of the neck, upper
back and low back.