Neck pain and nausea are two symptoms that appear to go hand in hand when it comes to a number of illnesses. What are some conditions that may lead to both neck pain and nausea? We will look at a few types. Then we will address a natural way to get relief for what may be the underlying cause of your symptoms. Read on to learn more!
Conditions That Present with Neck Pain and Nausea
There are actually so many different conditions that present with both of these symptoms, there is no way to discuss them all. Instead, we will break the ailments down into a couple of categories that cover most of the possibilities.
- Neurological conditions – From migraines to fibromyalgia, there are many neurological conditions that present with both of these symptoms. In fact, neck pain and nausea are two of the most common migraine symptoms, with about 75% of patients experiencing neck pain either before or during an attack.
- Vestibular conditions – From BPPV to Meniere’s disease, nausea is almost a given when dealing with a vestibular condition. This makes sense because the vestibular system controls balance, and when something goes wrong, it can feel like the world is spinning around you. That’s enough to make anyone’s stomach get a little queasy. While neck pain is usually listed under “other symptoms” rather than among the primary indicators of vestibular conditions, the two may still be related, as we will discuss further in a few moments.
Preventative Measures for Neck Pain
Of course, the best way to keep your neck healthy is with preventative measures. Even if you presently have neck pain, these measures may avoid a worsening health condition. What are some self-care methods?
- Exercise – Exercise helps keep your neck healthy in several ways. For example, it can help you to maintain a healthy body weight. Carrying around too much weight places strain on the entire spine, including the neck. Exercise can also strengthen your core and other muscles along the spine. Once again, this can provide benefits for your neck and may even help to prevent injury.
- Nutrition – Eating well is always going to be good for your health. Again, it can help you to maintain a healthy body weight. Also, it can give your body the raw materials it needs for healing.
- Posture – Poor posture can result in misalignments, repetitive motion injuries, and increased stress on the neck and the rest of the spine. It is especially important to pay close attention to your posture when driving, working at a desk, or using technology such as mobile devices. Looking down at a 60-degree angle to view a smartphone over and over throughout the day exposes the neck to about five times the weight that it carries typically when you use proper posture.
You may also wonder if there are additional self-care steps you can take if you are already dealing with neck pain. Here are a few things to try:
- Ice – Much pain is due to swelling. Ice is the natural enemy of inflammation. Be sure that the ice does not come in direct contact with your skin.
- Massage – Massage can improve blood flow and encourage healing.
- Activity – One mistake that many people make is becoming sedentary due to their pain. However, a lack of exercise can make the pain worse.
- Chiropractic – If the neck has become misaligned, you have to get those misalignments corrected before healing can take place. Just like misalignments occur due to trauma, repetitive movements, poor posture, and the like, you must take action to restore the misalignment. The bones won’t just go back into the right place on their own.
To get natural relief from neck pain and many of the related conditions (some of which also cause nausea), then you need to make sure that there isn’t an underlying problem like an upper cervical misalignment. Therefore, we would like to introduce you to upper cervical chiropractic care.
The Benefits of Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic
Upper cervical chiropractic is a specific form of chiropractic care that focuses on the top two bones in the neck. When these bones move out of proper alignment, it can affect brainstem function, blood flow to the head, ear function, spine health, and more. It can lead to a number of neurological and vestibular health ailments that may have neck pain and nausea as symptoms.
Therefore, if you are dealing with neck pain, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, you should seek out the assistance of an upper cervical chiropractor. What can you expect from this specific form of chiropractic?
- Precise – X-rays help the upper cervical chiropractor to pinpoint even the tiniest of misalignments. Fractions of a millimeter can make a difference in this sensitive region of the body. Precise calculations help the practitioner provide a unique adjustment for each patient.
- Gentle – Because upper cervical adjustments are exact, they can also be performed in a gentle manner. There is no popping or twisting of the neck. This makes it safe for patients of all health levels and ages.
If you are living with chronic neck pain and nausea, then this may be the natural solution for you. To learn more, contact a practitioner in your local area and schedule an appointment. It may be your first step on the path to improved health and overall wellbeing.