Just about every day I'm treating a client with neck pain. Sometimes it's the primary reason for their visit. More often than not it's present, but they're so used to the discomfort that they forget to mention it at first.
And... more often that not, they've been to a doctor about their pain in the neck at some point in the past 2 years... with limited success.
The cycle seems to go:
"My neck hurts". The doctor prescribes pain killers. Pain goes away. For a while. So you go back. They prescribe again. Or refer you for further investigation. "That's a relief", you think, because clearly there's something wrong. You're in pain, right?
The images come back showing varying degrees of degeneration. Most people over 35 do. The report doesn't tell you that. The doctor doesn't tell you that. But for now, you've got an excuse for your neck pain.
But it doesn't solve it.
Rarely do those in allopathic medicine (prescribe and/or operate) ask about or investigate what else is going on in your life. Could there be another cause of your neck nastiness?
I believe there is. In fact, this is the driving force behind what I do and why I do it. The one common trait that I see in all clients with neck pain is that the distance between their shoulders and their ears is shortened. Basically, they elevate their shoulders, which in turn causes the muscles that make that posture happen to get really angry. Those same muscles also support... wait for it... your neck.
Have you ever seen a stressed out person without raised, tension-filled shoulders? Me either! But what to do about it?
What if, at the first sign of tension related shoulder and neck issues, you prioritised some self-care? A walk in nature. A warm bath. A massage (I know a great therapist!). A nourishing meal. Inhale some calming essential oils (like Balance blend, Lavender or Vetiver). A cup of herbal tea. Meditation or tapping into your breath. Do something just for you. For 20 minutes. And see if that brings those shoulders into a calm resting place away from your ears!
*this post is personal opinion only and should not be taken as medical advice. It is the opinion of the author that everyone should take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, and when in doubt, consult your healthcare professional.