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You may never think about this but the neck is highly complex and is one of the body's most important structures.

It is also prone to injury as a result - not surprising given the average human head weighs about 12lb and constitutes around eight per cent of your whole body mass. The neck comprises seven bony vertebrae that sit in concave-shaped and cushioned intervertebral discs. It is one of the most common sites in the body for stress to accumulate. And unfortunately, up to 70 per cent of us will suffer neck pain at some point in our lives - there are a number of potential causes from, simply, poor posture to the more debilitating whiplash.

One of the most common reasons for neck pain is repetitive strain from prolonged sitting where the head is held in a fixed position. I have recently seen a massive surge in patients - young and old - with quite acute neck pain, which isn't necessarily physical in origin.

Neck tension can reflect underlying stress factors caused by today's pressurised lifestyles. And while the neck is a highly erogenous zone, sadly, not all neck pain can be kissed better. The key to effective treatment for neck pain is to be able to isolate which structures are involved in the pain and whether there are any other contributing factors.

It's important to understand how the neck works - it's pretty simple in that it moves in only six directions.
It flexes (bends forward), extends (bends backward), side bends and rotates - left and right.

Source - Daily Mail

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