This newsletter was written by Dr. Gerald Krause D.C., who is currently and has been a Holistic Doctor of Chiropractic since 1979 and is the director of Krause Holistic Spa and Alta Massage College, serving Southern California, especially the South Bay and Los Angeles Harbor areas: Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes, Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, Lawndale, Gardenia, Hawthorne, El Segundo, San Pedro, Wilmington, Lomita, Harbor City, Carson and Long Beach.
Some of the most common causes of neck pain include: neck strain, neck sprain, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, whiplash(cervical hyperextension injury), arthritis, herniated disk, degenerated disk, fractured or degenerated vertebrae, spinal stenosis, heart problems, lung problems, gall bladder problems, liver problems, junk food, mental stress, physical stress, emotional stress, trauma, pinched nerves, clogged arteries, lack of exercise, lack of rest, lack of sleep, chemicals, poisons, radiation, acupressure imbalances, vitamin, mineral, nutrient and/or amino acid deficiencies, over exposure to cold, wind, heat, dryness or dampness, dehydration, viruses, bacteria, funguses, amoebas, parasites, animal, reptile or insect bites or contaminations, heredity in combination with any of these other problems, a backup of the lymphatic system, too tight or poorly fitting clothes or uniforms, incorrect: posture, sitting, walking, lying, running, reaching, lifting, twisting, bending, stooping, climbing, etc., too hard, too soft, too lumpy or too short of a bed, improper sleeping habits, dangerous or straining activities at work, home, exercise, sports, leisure or in the car, electro-magnetic radiation from high power lines or electrical devices, falls, accidents, microwave radiation from a microwave oven with an insufficient seal, air pollution from: work, home, furniture, paint, clothes, car, etc., formaldehyde treated carpeting, cleaning solvents, pest sprays, air deodorizers, some toxic forms of personal hygiene products such as deodorants with aluminum or chemicals, some types of make-up, aluminum cookware, other types of toxic cookware such as non-stick cookware, heavy metal poisoning, overexposure to the sun or other sources of ultraviolet rays, eating too much food (obesity), taking too many vitamins, minerals, nutrients and/or amino acids or taking them in the wrong proportions, mal-combining food, drinking too much water with meals, drinking too much cold water, eating too much cold food, breathing too little air, breathing air incorrectly, eating too fast, inadequate hygiene, not brushing teeth, not flossing teeth, infection in teeth and other places in the body, lack of proper sanitation, food poisoning, negative thoughts or emotions, lack of entertainment, lack of: sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, joy, happiness, love, excitement, creativity, laughter, humor, goals, action, positive ideas, ability to give and to receive, etc. Not enough food (starvation), over work (exhaustion), too much motion, jet lag, too little motion (bed sores, blood stagnation), fire (smoke inhalation, burns), too much water pressure (too deep of scuba diving), ascending in water too fast (bends), aluminum in antacids, standing too long, walking too long, sitting too long, lying too long or doing anything too long on any surface, especially on a hard surface like cement or asphalt or on uneven surfaces, eating irradiated or otherwise damaged foods, eating the same food too frequently, eating foods that have toxic coloring in or on them, eating burnt or charred foods, eating over-cooked foods, eating rancid oils, eating processed foods, eating too much fatty foods, over exposure to unnatural lighting, underexposure to natural lighting.
The health enhancers shown next have been acknowledged to help decrease neck pain.
Deep Tissue Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Physiotherapies: Therapeutic laser, micro-current therapy, saunas, hot packs.
Beta Carotene: 10,000 I.U.’s, 3 times a day, with meals
Vitamin A: 5,000 I.U.’s, 3 times a day, with meals
Vitamin D3: 100 I.U.’s, 3 times a day, with meals
Vitamin E: 300 I.U.’s, 3 times a day, with meals
Vitamin K: 50 micrograms, 3 times a day, with meals
Vitamin C: 2,000 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Bioflavonoid: 500 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Folic Acid: 100 micrograms, 3 times a day, with meals
Vitamin B-1: 50 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Vitamin B-2: 50 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Niacin: 50 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Vitamin B-5: 100 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Vitamin B-6: 100 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Vitamin B-12: 100 micrograms, 3 times a day, with meals
Biotin: 100 micrograms, 3 times a day, with meals
Choline: 50 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Inositol: 50 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Magnesium: 400 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Calcium: 300 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Chromium: 100 micrograms, 3 times a day, with meals
Copper: 1 milligram, 3 times a day, with meals
Iodine: 100 micrograms, 3 times a day, with meals
Manganese: 1 milligram, 3 times a day, with meals
Molybdenum: 10 micrograms, 3 times a day, with meals
Potassium: 50 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
Selenium: 100 micrograms, 3 times a day, with meals
Zinc: 20 milligrams, 3 times a day, with meals
L-Methionine: 200 milligrams, 2 times a day, between meals
L-Histidine: 200 milligrams, 2 times a day, between meals
L-Taurine: 100 milligrams, 2 times a day, between meals
White Willow Bark
Ginseng: 10 grams
Fresh Ginger: 10 grams
Saussurea: 8 grams
Bupleurum: 8 grams
Platycodon: 8 grams
Poria: 6 grams
Mentha: 4 grams
Licorice: 4 grams
Specific Foods: Plum, Prune, Fig, Blueberry, Plantain, Pear, Peach, Apricot, Persimmon, Papaya, Guava, Strawberry, Pineapple, Orange, Lemon, Lime, Kumquat, Cantaloupe, Cassava Mellon, Crenshaw Mellon, Banana Mellon, Honeydew Mellon, Avocado, Beech Nut, Hickory Nut, Pinon Nut, Pistachio Nut, Beet Greens, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Celery, Collard Greens, Chicory Greens, Green Beans, Kidney Beans, Turnips, Brown Rice.
To get more comprehensive results: ingest only and limit your exposure to only healthy things, especially things that have a constructive effect on the neck.
An example of this would be if you were in a car accident, which caused you to have whiplash(cervical hyperextension injury), which caused damage to the ligaments, muscles, soft tissues and tendons in your neck and caused pinched nerves, swelling, pain and stiffness in your neck. In this particular example you would want to have chiropractic adjustments to take the pressure off the nerves and have massage and take all of the supplements necessary to relax the muscle spasms and stiffness, bring down the swelling and pain and rejuvenate the ligaments, muscles, soft tissues and tendons in your neck.