Tension headaches are very common, but did you know that the following activities can contribute to tension headaches? See how many you can check yes to…
- Constantly looking down at your cell phone
- Working at a computer all day.
- Driving for hours without rest.
- Playing video games for hours.
- Clenching your jaw at night or during the day.
- Sleeping on your stomach.
- Improper form during exercise.
These activities overstretch the muscles on the back of your neck and weaken them, increasing your susceptibility to tension headaches. One of the biggest contributors to neck pain is poor posture during an activity. Instead of pulling the chin down for a neutral posture, some people keep the chin forward and shoulders slouched. That makes the chin stick out and creates tension in the neck and surrounding muscles.
Neck pain may also result from overuse of muscles in the neck and shoulder (many shoulder muscles also attach to the neck), strain on the joints in the neck, or a pinched nerve in the neck or shoulder area. If you have mild or severe neck pain, try this easy neck stretching routine.
|Neck stretching: Side-bending range of motion|
Remember, one of the biggest contributors to neck pain is poor posture during an activity. Instead of pulling the chin down for a neutral posture, some people keep the chin forward and shoulders slouched. That makes the chin stick out and creates tension in the neck and surrounding muscles.
Try to make this adjustment the next time you hit the gym if you have tightness or pain in your neck!
The Importance of Regular Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic movement analysis can bring to light issues that normally are hidden beneath the surface of the skin. By honing in on the particular, individual movement dysfunctions of a patient, a doctor of chiropractic can tell athletes what CrossFit exercises to modify or avoid. Furthermore, exercises can be tailored to help correct a movement dysfunction for better performance in the future.
Whereas a typical medical doctor might have pain killers, cold and heat packs, and the advice to give working out a rest, chiropractic therapy has a different approach. Because it begins with a deep knowledge of the musculoskeletal system, chiropractic care is a hands on alternative that can keep athletes engaged in CrossFit at the top of their game.
For these reasons alone, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Esser now! But if you still want to learn more about why you should make Chiropractic care a part of your routine, check out these additional reasons.
Convinced yet? You should be! Schedule an appointment with Dr. Nick Esser now! I promise, you will not regret it.