Georgetown Neck Pain and Headache and Mask Wearing: Chiropractic Help

April 06, 2021

Clues: What ties these symptoms together – fogging, irritation, redness, pain, headache?

Answer: COVID 19.

Over the past year, we have all found ourselves suffering with some new aches and pains in odd ways. Neck pain. Headache. Fogging of the glasses. Nose redness. Back of ear irritation. The protective gear has its side-effects in addition to its up-sides. Your Georgetown chiropractor is here to help lessen some of the related pains like neck pain and headache. Dr. Butwell welcomes Georgetown headache and neck pain sufferers to come find relief.

ISSUES WITH MASKS THAT RESULT IN Georgetown NECK PAIN AND HEADACHE

Masks and mask-wearing have side-effects. One study of nurses reported headache bothered 73.4%, extreme sweating impacted 59.6%, breathing difficulty bothered 36.7%. Goggle or glasses’ fogging was described by 91.7%. N95 wearers reported issues with nasal bridge scarring in 76.6% and pain and indentation of the back of the ears by 66.4%. (1) Another study of nurses who had to wear masks and other PPE for greater than 4 hours at a time found that vision problems bothered 47.9% of them as did redness of cheeks/nose bridge/ears, dry mouth, and headaches. (2) One study of healthcare workers focused on the occurrence of headache during COVID-19. 81% stated that they acquired novel PPE (mask/eye wear)-linked headaches. 33% of them described having headaches before COVID. 91.3% of those pre-existing headache sufferers stated that increased mask/eye wear equipment affected their headache control and work. (3) Overall headache occurrence due to PPE (mask/eye) was 62% in another report. Working more than 8 hours at a time increased the odds of new headache incidence. Discomfort, blurred vision, and reduced concentration were other reported issues. Wearing such equipment provoked pre-existing headache issues and brought on new headache experiences. (4) Dr. Butwell has listened to new pain complaints from our Georgetown chiropractic patients in the past year. Your Georgetown chiropractor has treated many for headache and neck pain relief.

NEW PAIN ISSUES AND HELP WITH CHIROPRACTIC

According to the American Chiropractic Association, our Georgetown chiropractic patients are not alone! Chiropractic patients across the country are reporting some new pain issues with their neck, shoulders, and upper back during this past year of the pandemic, especially patients who wear masks for long hours. Surely, stress is a contributing factor to pain in normal times. In these times, it is no surprise that patients are describing more pain. Masks may well contribute to pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. Masks may affect vision. If a mask rests too high, the wearer may tuck the chin to see more clearly or hold the neck in an awkward way to see better. A better fitting mask may be beneficial. More frequent breaks may be of benefit. Stretching more often may help. A walk to de-stress is a great option! (5) Your Georgetown chiropractor understands these issues and is here to help!

CONTACT Dr. Butwell

Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares the effectiveness and gentleness of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for relief of neck pain and headache.

Schedule your next Georgetown chiropractic appointment with Dr. Butwell. We offer no more clues to the riddle of new headache and neck pain issues over the past months of COVID, just an option. Dr. Butwell offers chiropractic help: Georgetown chiropractic care.

 
Dr. Butwell presents research on how mask-wearing may trigger neck pain and headache which chiropractic can help alleviate.