The cervical spine is a marvelous and complex structure. It is capable of supporting a head weighing 15 or more pounds while moving in several directions. No other region of the spine has such freedom of movement. This combination however, complexity and mobility, make the neck susceptible to pain and injury.
Pain can be constant or intermittent; it may be felt in the middle of the neck – possibly spreading to the sides or across the shoulders, or just felt on one side of the neck. Occasionally symptoms will radiate into the arm. Sometimes neck pain can also give rise to other symptoms such as headaches and light headaches, or sensations such as tingling or numbness. Commonly we find that neck joints (cervical spine) become stiff or locked like a rusty hinge. This in turn usually causes protective muscle spasm of some neck and shoulder muscles and weakness in others.
Your Neck posture alters, which strains adjacent joints and muscles, and the condition cyclically deteriorates. Ultimately you end up with a sore neck. The interesting thing about necks is that one stiff neck joint or one weak or tight muscle can have a dramatic effect if not fixed quickly. Research shows that a combination of your muscle stretching, deep tissue release, dry needling, strength exercises and posture correction techniques have been effective in the treatment of neck pain. However, the treatment options varies from individual to individual.
The most common doubt patients have is are they using the right pillow?
Well, a good quality pillow may be helpful in resolving neck pain. In general, Latex pillows have been shown to be more comfortable for people with neck pain. Some studies suggest that contoured pillows that support the curve of the neck are of benefit, but this is not necessarily true for everyone.