According to the American Academy Of Pain Medicine, approximately 42 million American adults report that pain or physical discomfort disrupts their sleep a few nights a week or more.
A common cause of sleep pattern disruptions are tension headaches caused by neck pain. When the muscular tissues in your neck are strained, your muscles begin to contract. These contractions can result in stiffness, soreness, and pain. Identifying what’s causing your neck pain is the first step to both a good nights sleep and a pain-free life.
What’s Causing My Neck Pain?
Because of the interconnectivity of your body, an injury or strain in one area of your body can cause pain in your neck. The following are a few of the most common causes of neck pain.
Any activity, such as sitting at a computer desk, that requires your neck to be held in one position for long periods of time can result in a build-up of tension. When you sit at a desk and look at the computer your posture is curved so that an imbalance occurs in your spine. Your neck attempts to compensate for this imbalance by hunching forward. If maintained for long periods of time, this position can result in neck pain.
Sleeping With The Window Open
You may sleep with the window open to circulate fresh air into your room. However, once the temperature drops in the early morning, your neck muscles stiffen and cramp which leads to a change in the neck reflexes and could cause severe pain when you wake up.
Stress affects more than just your mind. Your body naturally reacts to stress by tightening and contracting your muscles. These contractions can lead to stiff, sore muscles and chronic neck pain.
Degenerative conditions such as arthritis cause the protective coatings at the end of your bones to wear down. This degeneration can result in chronic pain in the areas surrounding your back and neck.
What Treatments Does West Hills Offer?
The following treatments, offered by Integra Medical Center, are commonly used to treat neck pain.
TENS, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, is a neck and back pain treatment that uses low voltage electric current to block the nerve pathways that send pain signals to your brain. This noninvasive procedure involves attaching small electrode pads to the skin in the affected area to stimulate the nerves.
Adjustments are used to immediately address pain and involve the manual application of light pressure in order to correct misalignments in the spine and joints.
Massage therapy involves gently applying pressure to the muscular tissues surrounding the affected areas to reduce pain, relax the muscles, relieve stress, increase circulation, improve sleeping patterns and relieve headache pain.