Back and Neck Pain
Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people go to their doctor or miss work. According to the Mayo clinic, 80% of all people will experience low back pain some time during their lives. Many of these episodes are caused by some sort of repetitive strain, usually from improper lifting or sitting for long periods of time. There are many home remedies and over the counter options to relieve low back pain, however, many of these treatments mask your symptoms and do not address the actual cause of your pain. The underlying causes of your low back pain are usually poor muscle strength, flexibility, or movement patterns.
Although less prevalent than low back pain, neck pain affects many people and can lead to many serious conditions. Due to the delicate anatomy of the neck (cervical spine), it is often left unprotected and subject to injury. Muscles or joints in your neck can be strained due to poor posture, usually from slouching at your work desk. Pain or tingling radiating into your arms/hands is common and can be a symptom of a more serious condition, most likely a pinched nerve. Whiplash injuries that occur from a car accident or trauma can also cause damage to the joints/muscles in your neck which result in pain and loss of movement.