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)
⁃ hands tingling
⁃ pain and finger to shoulder cramps
⁃ loss of strenght in the arm-wrist and fingers
⁃ 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.