By far and away, neck pain is one of the most common ailments of anyone who comes to Physical Therapy In Motion. In part this is because each person’s head weighs between 10 and 20 pounds and is a constant weight bearing down on the neck. Imagine for a moment your neck is a person. And imagine if that person was required to carry a 10 to 20 pound weight with him all day, every day, even while sleeping. That person would get pretty tired don’t you think? After a while the neck starts to give, because it can only take so much pressure.
When a neck starts to compress or become painful, one of the first things we look for is whether or not the spinal disks in the neck are herniated, as that means the cushion is gone from in-between the different vertebrae. This can cause numerous problems that will inhibit your ability to turn your neck, hold your neck straight up, or even just be without pain. There are plenty of exercises you can do to strengthen your neck muscles, and maintaining a healthy diet will help mitigate some of the negatives that come with aging.