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The cervical spine is part of the spinal skeleton, located in the back of the neck. It’s function is an important one: it supports the weight and motion of the head. The cervical spine is under a lot of pressure ― literally! The head is a heavy, and mobile weight, making this part of the spine especially susceptible to both acute and chronic neck and shoulder pain, including tension headaches. Whether it be a minor ache or something more serious, it’s likely that you’ve experienced pain in this region at some point in your life.

Don’t be alarmed if you’ve never heard of the cervical spine before. Extensive studies on the lumbar spine and lower back pain from the 1930s to present day have overshadowed research on the cervical spine. Despite popular belief, the results of studies conducted on the lumbar spine do not apply to the cervical spine simply because they are connected. These presumptions have left chronic neck pain and tension headache sufferers without clear answers on how to effectively manage their pain.

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Understanding Your Neck and Shoulder Pain

Education is an important first step in the journey to living a healthier lifestyle, free from the constraints of chronic pain. Differentiating between the different parts of the spine and learning about some of the causes of neck and shoulder pain will help you understand where to focus your pain management efforts. Read on to learn a little about the anatomy of the spine and how to relieve neck and shoulder pain originating from the cervical spine.

The Anatomy of the Spine

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The Sacrum and Coccyx

Starting at the bottom of the spinal skeleton, we have the sacrum of the sacral spine and the coccyx. The sacral spine is situated behind the pelvis, and just beneath it is the tailbone (coccyx). Pain in this part of the spine can sometimes be attributed to sitting for long periods of time, but a variety of health conditions including sciatica, osteoporosis and arthritis can contribute to pain in this region, in addition to injuries due to sudden impact. The sacral spine joins the lumbar spine in the lower back.

The Lumbar Spine

The lumbar spine is located in the lower back region; it carries the weight of the torso and allows for a wide range of motion in the hips, making it extra prone to injury. Common causes of lower back pain include poor posture, heavy lifting and more, including a variety of serious medical conditions. Learn more about the causes of lower back pain and treatment options. This part of the spine connects to the thoracic spine, just above it.

The Thoracic Spine

The thoracic spine is situated in the upper back. Each pair of vertebrae in the thoracic spine is connected to a pair of ribs, making this part of the spine very important for protecting the heart and lungs. The thoracic spine is mostly immobile, so pain in this area is much less common than pain in the lumbar or cervical spine where there is more wear and tear due to motion.

The Cervical Spine

Finally, we have the cervical spine, which is located at the top of the spinal skeleton. Just as the lumbar spine supports the torso, and the thoracic spine protects the heart and lungs, the cervical spine supports the weight and motion of the head. When the neck is misaligned in an ergonomically incorrect position, the muscles in the back of the neck stretch and can easily become strained due to the weight of the head. Overactive muscles and nerves in the neck can also lead to the most common type of headache: tension headaches.

Many normal, daily activities can contribute to your neck and shoulder pain regardless of whether that pain is acute or chronic. Identifying possible contributing factors to your pain can get you one step closer to relief. Read on to find out about what could be causing your neck and shoulder pain.

Common Causes of Neck and Shoulder Pain

Poor Posture and Repetitive Movements

As previously mentioned, poor posture misaligns the neck into an ergonomically incorrect position, leading to strain. Putting strain on your neck and shoulders is as simple as working at a desk, doing the dishes or playing a sport, to name just a few activities. Even sleeping in awkward positions can contribute to your pain. It’s easy to see why poor posture is one of the leading causes of neck and shoulder pain.

Quick Tip: Check-in on your posture regularly during the day, and take breaks from repeated motions that misalign your neck. At night, try sleeping on your back to alleviate strain.

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Injury and Pinched Nerves

Unfortunately, you can’t always prevent or be prepared for sudden impact that leads to injury. Acute pain due to injury can feel sharp and intense; pinched nerves especially can feel like “pins and needles” and as though the pain is radiating outwards. Pinched nerves in the neck and shoulder area can happen at any age. Any sudden movements can herniate the discs in between vertebrae, compressing the surrounding nerves and thus pinching them.

Quick Tip: Make stretching a part of your daily routine to help prevent injury and trauma. Always warm up the body before making any sudden movements. Be sure to check with your doctor to ensure you are performing proper stretches that won’t further aggravate your pain.

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Medical Conditions

A variety of conditions can be contributors to your neck and shoulder pain. Arthritis, degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia are just some of many conditions that can cause, or worsen pain in these areas.

Factors Outside of Your Control

While it’s possible to make adjustments to your lifestyle to prevent neck and shoulder pain, you may not be able to avoid it completely. Over time, vertebrae, discs, muscles and joints in the neck break down from wear and tear; soft tissues in the shoulder area also break down with age. In addition to age, working environments and hobbies are contributing factors to chronic neck pain, but are not necessarily aspects of your life where you want to make compromises.

Don’t let the fear of chronic pain prevent you from living a full life. The perfect balance lies between preventative measures you can take that don’t infringe on your lifestyle, and neck and shoulder pain management techniques that work for you. Learn about DR-HO’S Neck Pain Pro and put yourself on the path to neck and shoulder pain relief!

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DR-HO’S Neck Pain Pro Can Help You Find Relief From Neck and Shoulder Pain

DR-HO’S Neck Pain Pro offers non-invasive, drug-free treatment for neck and shoulder pain relief. This auto-modulating machine uses TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) and EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) technology to flood the nervous system and “block” pain signals from reaching the brain ― stopping tension headaches, neck and shoulder pain in its tracks.

The Neck Pain Pro Encourages:

  • Improved ergonomic posture
  • Reduced muscle strain
  • Pressure relief on joints and discs
  • Increased tissue oxygenation
  • Increased circulation

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