In most cases, neck and shoulder tension is nothing to be worried about. However, it can be very annoying and, in some cases, somewhat debilitating. The good news is that through chiropractic treatment and finding out what is causing your particular problem, you can get great relief.
Believe it or not, the rise of the computer age has also given rise to a simultaneous increase in neck and shoulder tension cases. It stands to reason when you consider how much time we spend staring at computer screens or playing with the mobile phone or tablet. Neck and shoulder tension in such cases is due to postural strain put on the neck and shoulder musculature due to the constantly looking down while restricting the movement of the arms and shoulders.
Another common cause of neck and shoulder tension is the weight put on the shoulders by handbags, laptop bags and the like. Even the backpacks used by schoolchildren can cause neck and shoulder tension if too heavy or not worn properly.
Neck and shoulder tension can from time to time give rise to Tension Headaches (Cervicogenic Headaches) which is usually felt at the back of the head and behind the eyes. They tend to come on later in the day and are normally relieved by rest.
The key to alleviating the tension is get treatment to the affected area and then identify and stop doing what caused it in the first place!
We will do a full examination, a posture analysis and ask you lots of questions about your life style to help identity the cause of your discomfort. Having treatment to relax the muscles and realign the spine combined with adjusting your behaviour/lifestyle accordingly should solve the problem.
Lastly, getting enough relaxed sleep is another big help.
In any case, there is no reason for you to live with chronic neck and shoulder tension or putting up with tension headaches. The combination of chiropractic care and a change of behaviour/lifestyle can help give you long term relief.