You really find out how much you move your neck during the day when you can’t do some simple movements. The head weighs 14 to 16 pounds and there are relatively few muscles supporting the neck, which means that the neck is very susceptible to injury.
Problems in the neck can also contribute to:
- muscle spasms in the shoulders and upper back
- otitis media (inflammation in the middle ear, often mistaken for ear infection in children)
- temporomandibular joint disfunction (TMJ)
- ringing in the ears
- restricted range of motion
- chronic tightness in the back
- chronic tightness in the upper back
Whiplash is the most common form of injury to the neck. It results from the sudden movement of the head in any direction that results in damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back.
Whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously. If you have been in any type of auto accident please see a chiropractor. Even in minor accidents whiplash injuries may occur. Contact us at our Holladay, Ut chiropractic office immediately.
Poor posture is another cause of neck pain which sometimes results in headaches and is often the result of the body being misaligned. Slumped shoulders, reading in bed, more weight on one leg then another, and sitting incorrectly are just a few of the factors that can cause neck pain. A relatively new cause of postural abnormalities is cell phones. We are seeing postural abnormalities and degeneration in younger and younger patients due to poor posture when texting and using cell phones. If you are concerned about your teens posture and health please contact us for a consultation today and we will let you know if they are a candidate for chiropractic care.