You know the old saying, "It's a pain in the neck"? Well, when you live with neck pain long enough, you know its important to find the best chiropractor in San Francisco. Neck pain can make even the simplest of movements involving the neck, head, arms, shoulders, and back excruciatingly difficult. It can lead to headaches and difficulty using your body. Immobility resulting from neck pain can cause the muscles to become weak and to degenerate over time.

Understanding the root of your neck pain is a necessary step towards acquiring the treatment that will be effective in both short and long-term recovery. The following article looks at the causes of neck pain and explains how San Francisco chiropractic care can be a useful alternative to conventional treatments.

Although your neck is a relatively small area of your body, it is composed of many complicated structures which do the important job of holding your head up. The small size of the vertebrae of the neck allows for a lot of mobility, but can also make your neck more vulnerable to injury and pain. Some of the causes of neck pain include:

• Trauma, such as whiplash
• Sleeping position
• Poor posture
• Repetitive stress
• Abnormalities in the bone structure
• Joint issues
• Muscle strains and pulls

Most of these issues are either caused by, or impact, the alignment of your spine. When muscles in your neck go into spasm, your spine gets pulled out of alignment. When your spine is misaligned, the nerves become irritated and cause further tension and other systemic problems. Because every nerve in your body has their root in the spinal column, issues that have their source at your neck can have a major impact throughout every other system.

Many people let spinal problems go uncorrected in these busy times. They hope that if they wait long enough the pain will simply go away. In some cases it will go away, but the misalignment that caused the problem is usually still there. Over time, that area can become aggravated, and the pain can return. If the problem is not corrected it can become much more serious. Some patients let things go to the point where surgery may be the only option.

Most commonly, people try to deal with their neck pain using prescription or over-the-counter medications. This may help to relieve the symptoms in the short-term, but not only are patients dealing with side effects, the underlying issue goes unaddressed. Massage Therapy has become more popular over the years and this can help to relieve some muscle tightness. If the issue is in the bones or joints, the problem will remain.

Chiropractic treatment is a holistic practice that addresses the structural cause that leads to the majority neck pain. Following a thorough chiropractic assessment aimed at ruling out other issues and finding the exact source of the problem, a personalized recovery plan is developed. Gentle adjustments to your spine can bring instant relief and restore long term health to your neck and your entire body. Call our team at Healthy Life Chiropractic today to set up a consultation and bring an end to the pain in your neck.

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