Why do so many suffer from neck pain?
Our necks support the head – a very heavy part of the body, and human shoulders are very complex structures.
Your neck is one of the most flexible parts of your body. Because of its range of motion, it’s subject to a great deal of stress. Although your neck is extremely flexible, it has the least amount of muscular stabilization. At the same time, it must support and move your head, which may weigh as much as 16 pounds.
As a result, arm pain, numbness or tingly pins and needles feeling in your hand can be caused by a neck injury. Neck problems can cause headaches, upper back and shoulder muscle spasms, dizziness and light-headedness.
Some of the most common symptoms caused by neck problems include:
- discomfort or soreness around your neck
- ‘referred pain’ in other areas of your body such as your shoulders
- reduced neck and head mobility
- stiffness around your neck
But surely you don’t have to live with it? No way! If you notice significant neck or shoulder pain which persists for longer than one day, it is highly recommended that you seek professional help.