Body stress stored in the cervical (neck) area may cause pain and stiffness and an inability to fully turn the head. As the lower neck supplies the nerves to the arms, there may be pain or numbness in the shoulder, arms or hands. Muscles may be weakened, resulting in difficulty with grasping objects.
Tension in the neck may also cause headaches, migraines or pain in the jaw or face. An individual may experience sensations of dizziness or nausea. Pressure in the neck area may irritate nerve pathways which connect the eyes, nose, mouth and this in turn can adversely affect vision and the senses of smell and taste. Another affect may be a burning, dry mouth or the loss of speech. Body stress in the neck area may also have an impact on the nerve connections to internal organs such as the heart, lungs and digestive system, undermining normal function.
CAUSES OF BODY STRESS IN THE NECK:
Jarring or jerking the neck in a fall or whiplash type situation; working or reading with the head tilted forward or downwards for lengthy periods i.e. poor posture or twisting the neck beyond its` natural position when turning the head.
Emotions such as intense anger, rage, anxiety or shock can result in a person hunching their shoulders and cause the neck muscles to tighten. A state of ongoing anxiety or depression will also bring about postural distortions. In addition, physical discomfort resulting from the stressed muscles will reinforce the negative emotions and lead to a vicious circle of ill health.
Exposure to harmful chemicals may severely irritate the nervous system and cause the neck muscles to tighten e.g. chemicals and toxins that we inhale such as insecticides, cleaning detergents and vehicle exhaust emissions; products that we absorb through our skin such as certain cosmetics and cleaning products. Some individuals have extremely adverse reactions to certain food types, additives, preservatives or colourants. A viral infection can also very often result in neck stress.
It is also worth noting that environmental exposure to electro magnetic frequencies may also be having a negative impact on our physical wellbeing. We are exposed to these potentially harmful waves every day as a result of the electronic age that we now live in. Electricity pylons, T.V. and telephone masts, microwave ovens, mobile phones, computers, hairdryers…………… the list is exhaustive, all project varying amounts of EMF's.