Neck stiffness and/or upper thoracic (upper back) pain is very common and can be caused by a number of different reasons.
Sleeping on a pillow that’s too flat or too fluffy can cause neck stiffness or upper back pain. A car accident, even a minor fender bender, can cause neck stiffness or upper back pain. Spending too much time hunched forward while working on a computer or on a phone can cause neck stiffness and/or upper back pain. High stress can also lead to stiffness and pain.
But lets go even deeper. Why do the aforementioned cause neck stiffness and/or upper thoracic pain? Simple. Because of trauma or bad posture, the C1 and/or C2 vertebrae misalign. These misalignments result in pressure on the nerves exiting the spinal column, specifically in the neck. Nerve pressure here leads to muscle tightness, even spasms, numbness, tingling, and STIFFNESS and/or PAIN.
Restoring proper positioning of the vertebrae, thus removing nerve pressure, is the whole point of chiropractic. If you live in Maricopa, the good news is that I can help you with this!
How can you avoid these misalignments? By making certain changes, like getting a pillow that keeps your head and shoulders at a 90 degree angle; or correcting your ergonomics while working on a computer so that your eyes are level with the screen and your hips and knees are at 90 degrees.
Oh, and watch out for those flying stunners in the wrestling ring!