Neck and Upper Back Pain
Neck and upper back pain are common among adults, but it can occur at any age. Neck pain occurs in the nerves and soft tissue beside the seven vertebras on the cervical spine. This kind of pain can really affect your quality of life as it can inhibit the range of motion of your neck, intervene in your social activities and decrease your emotional wellbeing.
There are many causes of neck and upper back pain. One of the most common causes is poor posture. With the increase of individuals working from home and using technology, a great amount of time Is spent looking at the computer screen. In addition, this often leads to slouching or repeatedly looking down causing a great amount of stress on your neck and upper back. Other causes include:
- Traumatic Injury, accidents and fractures
- Arthritis associated with the vertebrates
- Lifting weights with bad form
- Overweight, which can put stress on your spine and discs
- Overuse, muscle strain, spasms or tightness
- Disc problems, such as herniation, rupture of a compressed nerve.
The symptoms associated with the neck and upper back can vary. Acute pain that lasts for a few days may feel sharp and stabbing that radiate from the neck down to the upper back. Chronic pain may last up to weeks and elicit a general tightness or an ache. Generally, you may also experience difficulty rotating your neck or stiffness looking up or down.
How can Honor Wellness help
In our clinic, we use a combination of acupuncture, manual therapy and Rapid Release Technology in the treatment of neck and upper back pain.
Acupuncture – Works by releasing tight muscles, regulating neurotransmitters to reduce pain and improve the delivery of highly oxygenated blood flow to the affected soft tissue. Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment for neck and upper back pain without the side effects of prescription medication like NSAIDs and muscle relaxers.
Rapid Release Technology – Rapid Release Technology (RRT) uses vibrational waves to break up scar tissue and adhesion to restore proper blood flow. RRT can help relax tight muscles and opposing muscle groups to restore proper function and eliminate soft tissue tension
Manual Therapy – a combination of Cupping Therapy and Gua Sha can help by removing trapped stagnant blood circulation in the deeper layers of your soft tissue. By removing the trapped metabolic waste, it allows new oxygenated blood flow to heal to restore proper muscular tone.
Neck and upper back pain can lower your quality of life in many ways. It can affect your sleep, decrease mobility, inhibit everyday function and cause emotional stress. At Honor Wellness, our practitioners are fully committed to your care to help you regain your quality of life back. If you or someone you know are struggling with pain, let us help you. Contact us today at 604.428.9946 and find out how.