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What Can Cause Your Neck To Ache

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What causes your neck to ache?

While our bodies are well designed machines able to withstand some of the toughest conditions we go through, it does have some weak links. One of them is the neck. This is because its functions of supporting and moving the head, which weighs almost 12 pounds, makes it susceptible to pain. The neck is referred to as the cervical spine in anatomical terms. It comprises of seven vertebrae and starts at the base of the skull and connects to the spine. Neck pain may vary from minor to serious, but this mostly depends on the cause.

Engaging in activities that cause harm to the neck

This is one of the common causes of neck pain. It may result when we sit or even sleep in a way that strains the neck or engage in continuous or lengthy movements that result in strain, sprain or spasm of the neck. Some of the activities may include having your head held in an odd position for a long period of time when engaging in a strenuous activity such as reading, watching TV or writing among others. Bad sleeping habits such as sleeping in a pillow that is too high or too flat that offers no support to your neck or sleeping in positions that results in your neck twisting or bending will result in neck pain. You may also experience neck pains when you engage in activities that mostly make use of your upper body and arms such as overhead work.

Accidents or injuries

When your neck or head moves abruptly in any direction due to a force, you can sustain an injury to your neck. One common example is whiplash, which occurs in most car accidents. The sudden action and reaction of stopping and rebounding may result in the damage of neck muscles and tissues of the neck, thus resulting in pain. Other injuries such as those related to sports, falling or getting a sudden hit on the face will also result in neck pain.

Medical conditions

While most of the common neck pain problems are caused by physical situations, it is also common to experience neck pains due to some medical conditions. For example, certain illnesses such as meningitis may cause inflammation around tissues of the spinal cord and brain, thereby resulting in neck pain. Flu is also another cause of neck pain. People with chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia may also experience neck pains. One may also experience neck pain due to referred pain, a situation caused by feeling pain in the neck, while the problem is in another area such as the jaw or heart. Old age may also result in narrowing of the spinal canal, which is also another source of neck pain.


Emotional stress can also lead to tensing of muscles. One of the common signs of stress is when you have a stiff neck that is not a cause of physical activity or illness. If you are suffering from any type of neck pain book an appointment with Chiropractic First today. Alternatively, you can call us on 0161 819 2099 and we will look forward to hearing from you.