What are the true causes behind neck pain (aside from injury) and what can you do to alleviate the symptoms?

NOV 21, 2018

It’s probably safe to say that most of us at some point in time have woken up with neck pain or can recall an event or injury that resulted in neck pain. In fact, at any given time, 13% of adults are suffering from neck pain.

Neck pain is frequently triggered by trauma, but there can be other underlying problems that cause this type of pain too. The reasons are not always obviously identifiable, but different factors that provoke muscle strain and muscle spasm result in neck pain.

Did you know that an eye convergence problem or clenching your teeth can be the cause of your neck pain? This might come as a surprise to you, but as you know, Posturepro is all about making these types of links.

How you ask?

The answer lies in neurology.

You see, your eye muscle (there are twelve) are innervated by 3 cranial nerves, and these cranial nerves originate in a part of your brain called the brainstem. What’s really interesting, is that in the brainstem there is a set of crossed fibers with ascending and descending fibers that link your eye muscles to your neck muscles, your upper traps, your sternocleidomastoid and suboccipitals.

So through this connection, an eye muscle imbalance can lead to neck imbalance that can lead to neck pain.

Tip number 1, would be to do saccadic eye movements horizontally and vertically to workout your eye muscles and loosen your neck muscles.

We can’t say enough about stress these days. Most people are unaware of this, but when we are stressed we tend to clench our teeth. And in the context of neck pain, your jaw can be a contributor. An example of this would be if you wake up with neck pain.

You see the muscles that assist in mastication are the temporalis, masseter, medial and lateral pterygoid, and it just so happens that one of the antagonist muscles of your jaw is the upper trapezius.

Now since the trapezius originates on the occipital bone, and inserts on the scapular spine of the scapula, it is easy to understand how clenching your teeth on a daily basis can create abnormal tension in your neck.

Tip number 2,  would be to massage your masseter 3 times a day, and also to practice applying pressure on it as you try to gently open your mouth.

This exercise can be quite painful, so make sure to go nice and slow.

Tip number 3 is complementary to the other two: working on your posture.

It has been known for over a century that our eyes and jaw position affects our muscle tension and in this case our posture. By incorporating eye exercises to your routine, and by reducing your stress, you can alleviate neck pain symptoms and return to a normal quality of life.

In conclusion, generally, neck pain is nothing to worry about, but if it’s occurring with other, more serious symptoms, such as radiating pain, weakness, or numbness of an arm or leg, make sure to consult with your doctor. If you liked this video please share and comment. Thanks for watching.

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