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Cervical pain

CERVICAL PAIN

 Cervicalgy or cervical pain concerns the nape, neck, shoulder and the upper part of the back and it can occur on one or both sides of the body.

What suffering from cervical pain means?

First of all it means having muscular tension in the trapezius muscle.

This causes stiffness, pain or discomfort in the muscle area, headaches, dizziness, light-headedness, hand tingling, shoulders, arms or finger pain, eye fatigue and confusion.

It can cause vertebral compressions or rotations, that can successively compress the nerve, causing shoulder and finger pain, but also  tingling and numbness.

In addition to that, mandibular movement disorders can occur, and so incorrect opening and closing of the mouth, that can cause muscular tensions, nerve compression, cartilage lesion of the temporomandibular joint, tinnitus, dizziness or light-headedness, headaches.

 

Muscle tensions, vertebral compressions (protrusions and hernias), discomfort of the temporomandibular joints... ARE ONLY THE SYMPTOMS.... NOT THE CAUSE.

MOST RECURRING SYMPTOMS

         pain in a specific area ( nape, neck, shoulders, scapula, back)

         headache

         hands tingling

         pain and  finger to shoulder cramps

         loss of strenght in the arm-wrist and fingers

         tinnitus

         lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

 

Sometimes, lateral epicondelitis (tennis elbow) and  carpal tunnel syndrome (pains and tingling of fingers) are treated without success because they are not degenerative or originated by a trauma, they derive from posture.

The muscle  tension on the neck and shoulders compresses the nerve ending and the pain shows  in the elbow and the fingers, misleading on the origin of the pain.

That's why therapies addressed only to the elbow and wrist area usually don't ease the pain.

The solution is solving the POSTURE problem.

 

MOST RECURRING CAUSES

The most recurring cause of the symptoms listed above is an imbalanced posture.

Other causes can be:

    ⁃     catching a chill

         inappropriate position while sleeping (not adequate pillow)

         stress and negative emotions

         occlusal defects of the dental arch

         impaired vision

Considering the main cause, the reason why  muscles harden, vertebras get compressed and rotate, originates in poor lateral or frontal posture.

The spreaded tendency of people in being in a bad position with rounded shoulders and the upper body forward, leads to cervical muscle tension and therefore spine compression.

When  having an incorrect posture in every moment of our life becomes natural and comfortable like  at home, when working, when playing  sports, then  variable  discomfort and pain can occur.

On the other hand, as far as we get old we tend to bend forward even more with symptoms accentuating.