Sore Neck? Consider a Chiro

Is your neck aching from endless browsing, swiping and texting? Do you wake up with a stiff neck from poor sleep? Maybe you’ve been practising some bad habits lately? This Spinal Health Week (23-29 May) we are asking our patients and community to Consider a Chiro for neck pain.

Research shows that neck pain is a leading cause of disability in adults (reported up to 20% of adults), with many presenting for assessment.1 In the Global Burden of Disease study in 2010, neck pain ranked fourth highest in terms of disability and twenty-first in overall burden.2 Not surprisingly, neck pain (cervicalgia) constituted in the top five back problem hospitalisations in 2017-18.3

With the average Australian spending more than 5.5 hours on their phone each day4 and a third of us checking our phone within five minutes of waking up each morning5 – means we are glued to our phones from the moment we wake up, to the moment we go to sleep!

Neck aches and pains are now a common occurrence placing a huge burden on mental health, relationships, ability to work and quality of life, and it doesn’t stop at neck pain. Neck problems are a common trigger for headaches. They can also cause jaw problems, shoulder pain, or weakness and tingling into the arms and hands.

However, living with neck pain doesn’t have to be part of everyday life. Implementing positive spinal health habits in the first place, including good posture, sleep hygiene and partaking in regular stretching and exercise regimes are important factors in preventing neck pain.

We at Sea and Sand Chiropractic are well equipped to care for neck pain whether it be a new episode of pain or a pre-existing condition.

If you want to keep your spinal health in check, we can provide you with care, including exercise programs, lifestyle advice, and assistance to help you maintain your spinal health and overall wellbeing.

This Spinal Health Week is a great time to Consider a Chiro and make an appointment with us to take control of your neck pain!

­­Contact us on 02 4397 5805 to book an appointment with us today.

References

  1. Bertram, K, Williams, D, Vijiaratnam, N 2018, Neck pain: What if it is not musculoskeletal?, Australian Journal of General Practice, Volume 47, Issue 5, https://www1.racgp.org.au/ ajgp/2018/may/neck-pain
  2. Hoy, D, March, l, Woolf, A, Blyth, B, Brooks, P, Smith, E, Vos, T, Barendregt, J, Blore, J, Murray, C, Burstein, R, Buchbinder, R 2014, The Global Burden of Neck Pain: Estimates From The Global Burden of Disease 2010 study, Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, BMJ Journals, Volume 73, issue 7, https://ard. bmj.com/content/73/7/1309.short
  3. ACCD (Australian Consortium for Classification Development) 2016, The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM) – Tenth Edition – Tabular list of diseases and Alphabetic index of diseases. Adelaide: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Lane Publishing.
  4. Dixon, G 2021, Aussies Spend Almost 17 Years in a Lifetime Staring At Their Phones, Reviews.org, accessed 07 March 2022, https://www.reviews.org/au/mobile/aussie-screentime-in-a-lifetime/
  5. Deloitte, 2017, Mobile Consumer Survey 2017: The Australian Cut, accessed 07 March 2022, https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/au/Documents/technology-media-telecommunications/deloitte-au-tmt-mobile-consumer-survey-2017-211117.pdf

Spinal Health Week 2022: a timely opportunity for Australians to check on their spine and neck health to ensure a healthy and active lifestyle.

This Spinal Health Week (23-29 May 2022) the Australian Chiropractors Association (ACA) is encouraging all Australians to address their neck health and seek professional help if needed.

Research shows that musculoskeletal conditions have the fourth greatest impact on the health of the world’s population, with neck pain being a leading cause of disability in adults (reported up to 20% of adults), often requiring a professional assessment.1 Being a long-term condition, a sore or stiff neck isn’t only a serious physical issue impacting your quality of life, but it can also affect your ability to participate in self-care, work and social activities.2

From standing, to sitting, to lifting, to sleeping – every position your body takes can have an impact on your spinal health. It’s very common to go about your day and not pay attention to some of your activities that may be having a detrimental effect on your neck, and it doesn’t stop at neck pain. Neck problems are a common trigger for headaches. They can also cause jaw problems, shoulder pain, or weakness and tingling into the arms and hands.

As Chiropractors, we encourage Australians to safeguard their quality of life and overall wellbeing by taking the time to assess their spinal health and address any neck aches or pains they may be feeling and seek the appropriate care.

Start by implementing positive spinal health habits – including good posture, sleep hygiene, and partaking in regular stretching and exercise regimes are important factors in preventing neck pain.3

There are also many things that can be incorporated into a day-to-day routine that can improve your neck health. For example, try these three easy steps you can add into your daily life to help safeguard and improve your neck health:

  1. Take a 20 second ‘posture break’ every 20 minutes.
  2. Regularly move your neck by performing slow and gentle shoulder rolls, neck rotations and neck side bends.
  3. Correct your neck posture – lightly draw your shoulders back to open your chest, then gently lengthen your neck and allow your chin to tuck in slightly.

If you are concerned about your neck health following two years of lockdown and disrupted routine, consider visiting your local ACA chiropractor here at Sea and Sand Chiropractic to help you live your healthiest, most fulfilling life.

References

  1. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems/contents/what-are-back-problems. Accessed in March 2022.
  2. The association between prevalent neck pain and health-related quality of life: a cross-sectional analysis, Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2899412/. Accessed in March 2022.
  3. Text Neck Treatment and Prevention. Available at: https://www.spine-health.com/conditions/neck-pain/text-neck-treatment-and-prevention. Accessed in March 2022.

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