Watch out for ‘fireworks neck’ if you’re going to any of our fabulous local fireworks displays this weekend in the Lymington and New Forest area! Hopefully, the weather will improve to allow some of them to go ahead.
Seriously, straining your neck to look up into the sky for the duration of a firework display – typically 20 minutes or more – can aggravate old niggles or create new ones. And carrying toddlers on your shoulders to give them a better view is likely to cause problems, too!
So, if possible, stand well back from the display so as to be looking forward rather than bending your neck too far back. Standing for too long will also aggravate any lower back problems (with or without a toddler). It may be a good idea to take a chair and sit back in comfort to enjoy the show.
Neck pain is very common. Most people will suffer one or more episodes of neck pain during their lives. In many cases, it starts suddenly and gets better quickly, without the need for any treatment.
However, neck pain can be painful, debilitating and persistent, and some people suffer repeated episodes. It can also be associated with other symptoms, such as arm pain or headaches. Neck pain may start following a traumatic incident, such as a road traffic collision, or it may start gradually, perhaps as a result of poor posture or an uncomfortable position – from watching fireworks, maybe!
Chiropractors specialise in assessing, diagnosing and managing conditions of the spine, including neck – neck pain and related headaches, which are the second most common reason people come to see us. And we’re trained to evaluate and help through a variety of treatments. Sometimes, the best way is not always by manual manipulation. It is, as ever, always an individual thing that suits the issue and the patient.