Can Seasonal Allergic Reactions Cause Neck Pain?

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Do you ever wake up feeling like you slept in a vice grip? Do you struggle to turn your head due to a sharp pain in your neck? It's a feeling that many of us are all too familiar with, and it's often chalked up to a bad night's sleep or poor posture. But what if we tell you that your neck pain might be due to something you can't even see? What if it it’s something you breathe in every day without even realizing? We're talking about seasonal allergies - and the startling connection they have to neck pain. In this article, we'll explore the ways in which common environmental allergens can trigger tension and pain in the neck.

 

The Connection Between Allergies and Neck Pain

If you're someone who seasonally suffers from environmental allergens, you know that the symptoms can be a real pain - quite literally. Sneezing, itchy eyes and a scratchy throat are all common complaints during allergy season. But are you aware that allergies can also cause neck pain? It might seem like an unlikely connection, but there's actually a scientific explanation for how this happens.

The key culprit is inflammation. When your body detects an allergen - like pollen or dust - it mounts an immune response to fight it off. This response can trigger inflammation in various parts of the body, including the neck. Inflammation is a natural response to infection, but it can also cause pain, stiffness, and discomfort.

Another factor that can contribute to neck pain from allergies is an atlas subluxation. This refers to a misalignment of the top vertebra in the neck, known as the atlas. An atlas misalignment can result from a past injury to the head or neck and lead to various debilitating symptoms, including neck pain. When someone with an atlas subluxation also experiences seasonal allergies, the inflammation caused by the allergies can exacerbate the pain and sensitivity in the neck.

So, if you're someone who is prone to allergies or if you've experienced any form of injury in your Upper Cervical region, it's important to be aware of this possibility in order for you to take the right steps to manage your symptoms and find relief.

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Relieve Neck Pain Triggered by Allergies and Atlas Subluxation

If you're one of the millions who suffer from neck pain triggered by allergies and atlas subluxation, you're probably desperate for relief. Fortunately, there are natural approaches that can help ease your discomfort and get you back to feeling like yourself again.

#1. Hot and Cold Compress

One simple way to relieve neck pain is to use hot or cold compresses. Applying heat can help to increase blood flow and relax tense muscles while using cold can reduce inflammation and numb pain. Try alternating between hot and cold compresses for 15-20 minutes at a time to see what works best for you.

#2. Stretching Exercises

Another effective remedy is to practice gentle stretches and exercises that target the neck and upper back. Simple movements like neck rotations, shoulder rolls, and chin tucks can help to increase mobility and reduce tension in the neck. Be sure to listen to your body and avoid any movements that cause pain or discomfort.

#3. Upper Cervical Chiropractic

If you're looking for a more long-lasting solution to your neck pain, consider seeking Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care. This form of chiropractic focuses on the top two vertebrae in the neck, which often get misaligned after an accident when the connective tissues wear out or get damaged. 

By gently adjusting the misaligned atlas and axis bones, your cervical chiropractor can restore proper alignment and alleviate pressure on the nerves and muscles in the neck. Many patients report significant improvement in their neck pain and overall health after receiving Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.

While all of these tips can be helpful for relieving neck pain, Upper Cervical Chiropractic is the most effective and holistic. If you're ready to experience the benefits of this holistic and natural form of care, we invite you to seek out a trusted Upper Cervical Chiropractor in your area today.

 

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