Body stress in the neck may be a contributing factor to the cause of headaches, migraines, tinnitus, snoring, rounded posture, restricted movement, dizziness, poor sleep, visual disturbances, poor concentration, pins and needles in your hands, irritability, poor concentration and even depression.
An average adult head weighs around 4.5kgs – quite a weight for our neck and shoulders to bear. Neck muscles also tend to take the strain of any mental and emotional stress by tensing and tightening. And if you spend hours hunched in front of a computer or looking down at your mobile, your neck will almost certainly let you know.
Exposure to chemical stress (which can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin) can show as tension at the base of the skull. You may feel irritated/angry or be suffering from intense nauseating headaches. Perhaps you find yourself rubbing your neck and shoulders to ease discomfort and stiffness, without really knowing where your ‘pain in the neck’ comes from. Maybe you are nursing an old whiplash injury or recovering from an emotional shock.