K TAPE: NECK AND SHOULDER
The neck is a vital component of our anatomy due to its responsibility for connecting our brain to the rest of the body. Everything that passes through the neck is vital and relies heavily on the proper function of the musculoskeletal system to protect and support these structures.
PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH NECK PAIN
Stress is stored in these muscles and can cause headaches, shoulder pain, and other damaging compensations. Sitting at a computer all day, looking down while running, whiplash, sleeping poorly, or sudden movements and changes in direction are also common causes of neck pain.
COMMON CAUSES OF NECK PAIN
Factors include muscle strain, ligament sprains, arthritis, spinal subluxations, pinched nerves, knots or adhesions, and countless other musculoskeletal complications. The pain is usually not only felt in the neck itself, but also into the base of the neck and the shoulders. Generally, the pain can be categorized into two conditions: muscle strain or myofascial strain.
NECK PAIN SYMPTOMS
Muscle strain can occur when there is an injury to the muscles of the neck, causing spasm of the cervical and upper back muscles. The strain may result from the physical stresses of everyday life, including poor posture, muscle tension from psychological stress, or poor sleeping habits. Typically, symptoms include pain, stiffness, and tightness in the upper back or shoulder. Myofascial pain causes tight and tender areas of muscle that are sensitive to pressure. Myofascial pain in the neck can develop after trauma or with other medical conditions such as psychological stress, depression, or insomnia.
K TAPE CAN HELP
K Tape alleviates pain, provides support, reduces swelling and helps promote the healing process*. Generally, individuals will feel immediate support and pain relief upon taping*. Use K Tape that closely matches your skin color if you don’t want to have tape as visible during more formal times.
Consider complimentary measures as well. Try posture improvement, massage, physio, and ice.
K Tape helps relieve pain and and provide support, but please seek care if pain becomes severe, there is a loss in movement, or symptoms get worse.