What is neck pain?
Your neck holds together your upper body and your head through a strong link between the cervical vertebra, muscles and other ligaments. This specific link provides enough room for movement. However, these complicated alignments can cause neck pain as well. This often results itself through an aching pain on one or both sides of your neck or the upper part of your shoulders. You might experience difficulties rotating your head. Your neck muscles will often feel painfully tense and stiff. Neck pain is one of the most common physical pain condition we are familiar with.
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Complaints and symptoms associated with neck pain
- Feeling dizzy
- Lack of concentration
- Pain radiating down to one or both arms
- Tingling in the hands or fingers
This is a type of neck injury which can also occur suddenly, especially after a road traffic accident. This may result in whiplash, where the head unexpectedly moved backwards and forwards again and causing the tendons and ligaments of the neck to overstretch. A whiplash could mean a long-term discomfort, but proper rehabilitation can certainly have positive results.
Self-help for neck pain
If you keep on moving mindfully, the neck pain usually improves.The rehabilitation process is most likely to be more successful if you avoid certain risk factors and make sure that you exercise your neck sufficiently properly.
Neck pain usually develops gradually. Work-related circumstances are known to be the risk factors of pain causing pain at the neck, such as having a stressful job, spending long working hours in the same position or having a poor or uncomfortable posture. Work that requires you to drive long hours or to constantly make quick or, conversely, slow arm movements, or work that takes place in a draughty environment can also lead to stiff joints and tense muscles; which is exactly what causes neck pain.
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When you decide that you need assistance and proper advice in your individual situation, you can make an appointment at our clinic in Rotterdam city center.
Our intention is to promote practical methods and the latest science on pain education and rehabilitation in order to accurately manage pain and improve quality of life!