Neck pain is commonly caused by muscles pulling on the vertebral bones and stressing the joints. When your head really isn’t on straight your entire spine will go out of alignment and will not be correct until your head is back where it belongs. Your skull may be out of alignment from:
Neck problems can plague you for your entire life, but are usually preventable if you release the tension the muscles are placing on your cervical spine and skull.
Follow along. This is interesting and explains why you get blinding headaches that feel like a hot poker is being pushed into your skull, and why the same problem can be felt all the way down your back and into your hips, legs, and even all the way to your feet.
The skull and spine are an amazing engineering design. Your head protects your brain and, as you know, your brain is the beginning of your spinal cord.
Have you ever had an accident and you end up with whiplash? Whiplash is a serious condition that happens when a person has an accident that literally “whips” the head back and forth. The weight of the skull as it flies forward and then whips backward and then forward again totally overstretches each of the muscles of the neck and upper back. The muscles snap back into multiple knots, and these knots are now pulling the cervical vertebrae every which way. Pressure is on the spinal cord all the way from the base of your brain, along your entire spine, even causing pain in the middle of your back.
Cyclists spend hours with their head held all the way back so they can see in front of them. If you’re a cyclist, lean forward like you’re in the aerodynamic position, bend your neck so you can see in front of you, and then stand up straight. You’ll see that you’re looking at the ceiling. Someone who is painting a ceiling is in the same position, but not for as many hours at a time, and certainly not as frequently as an ultracyclist who rides every week for hours and hours at a time.
This movement will cause three muscles, your Splenius Capitis, Splenius Cervicis, and Trapezius to all contract in order to pull your head back. The problem is, when the muscles get tight with spasms not only will they pull your cervical vertebrae out, but given the duration of the contraction, you can ultimately lose the strength to hold your head up.
If you sleep on your side your pillow needs to hold your head, neck, and spine in a straight line. If your pillow is too thin your head is tilted down toward the mattress for hours, and if your pillow is too thick your head is tilted up toward the ceiling for hours. In either case the muscles on the side of your neck are being held short for hours and when you go to turn over onto your other side, the muscles will pull your vertebrae out of alignment and put pressure on your spinal cord.
If you sleep on your back you need only a very small support to hold the curve in the back of your neck. If your pillow is too thick it will cause your chin to be down toward your chest, shortening the muscles in the front of your neck and pulling your cervical vertebrae in that direction.
If you sleep on your stomach you are doing the very worst thing for your neck. We can work on this together, if you want, so you can ultimately move to your side or your back. It will be worth your time and effort to change your preferred sleeping position.
To get relief, you need to treat every muscle of your neck, your shoulders, and your entire back in order to release the tension on the vertebrae and your spinal cord.
In other words, doing the full Julstro Protocol, and the treatments for your neck and shoulders will straighten you from your head to your toes. It sounds like a lot, but whiplash, or any neck injury, is a serious condition and one that can last for years if the muscles aren’t released. Self-treatment is vital, and I also suggest that you find a massage therapist who is trained in trigger point therapy. You need to untie the knots in the muscles and the sooner, the better. I strongly suggest you don’t stretch any of these muscles until you have completely released all of the trigger points.
Julie Donnelly, creator of the Julstro™ Method, can show you how to find and release spasms in the correct muscles to relieve your neck pain.
To get complete relief, you need to treat every muscle of your neck, shoulders and back. It sounds like a lot, but whiplash – or any neck injury – is a serious condition that can last for years if the muscles aren’t released.
Self-treatment is vital, and Julie also suggests that you find a massage therapist who is trained in trigger point therapy. Julie strongly recommends you don’t stretch any of these muscles until you have completely released all of the trigger points.
The Julstro™ System shows you how to self-treat your neck pain by releasing spasms and lengthening muscle fibers. Using these treatments, you can relieve the symptoms of neck pain and whiplash.
The Julstro™ Advanced Self-Treatment Kit shows you how to do the easy-to-learn Julstro™ techniques.
The kit includes:
Visit our store to see our other resources specifically for neck pain, including The Julstro Guide to Treating the Upper Body on DVD.