Do you find that you tend to suffer with a stiff or sore neck more frequently than others? Does your neck discomfort come on even when you’re doing seemingly low-intensity activities? If so, it could be time you looked at your water intake.
Water plays an essential role in maintaining good physical and mental health. It supports digestion, helps with waste removal, and is important for healthy brain function. Water is also used by components in the body’s joints and muscles. This is why dehydration can cause pain in unexpected areas like the neck, shoulders and legs.
We use a holistic approach at our chiropractor clinic in Stoke on Trent to identify the root cause of neck pain, leg pain, and shoulder pain. In addition to examining your body, we will discuss your diet and exercise regime. This helps us understand if a serious medical condition is causing your pain or it is something as simple as dehydration.
In this post, our Stoke chiro will take a closer look at how dehydration can cause neck pain, leg pain, and shoulder pain. He’ll also share some tips for remaining hydrated throughout the day.
Are you suffering from unexplained neck pain? Make a booking with our experienced Stoke on Trent chiropractor at City Chiropractic, by calling 01782 848 184.
Stiff Neck Dehydration
Dehydration is a common cause of both neck stiffness and neck pain. The dehydrated body develops tighter muscles, ligaments, and tendons which can lead to neck stiffness. This tightness makes it more difficult to move your neck and can sometimes cause pain. Drinking at least 1.2 litres of water each day (more if exercising or in hot weather) will help you avoid this issue.
Maintaining good hydration habits may also help to prevent cervical disc degeneration, which is a major contributor to neck pain. Hydration is effective because the discs between the spine’s vertebrae actually depend on water to maintain disc height and spinal alignment.
Most people are born with spinal discs that are made up of around 80% water. But this decreases over time, as the disc degenerates. Staying hydrated will help you retain as much water in your discs as possible.
Dehydrated Leg Pain
The leg muscles are very large and require a significant amount of blood flow to function well. If you are dehydrated, blood flow is impaired, which reduces the amount of nutrients reaching your muscles. This can cause discomfort in your leg muscles and makes you vulnerable to cramping.
The knee joint is also vulnerable to dehydration-related pain because it contains so much cartilage. Cartilage is made from about 70 to 80% water. The water it contains is regulated by specialised proteins which make it form a gel-like substance. This substance provides additional cushioning, lubrication, and shock absorption for the joint.
If you are not well-hydrated, the knees cannot produce enough of this substance, which can lead to leg pain.
Dehydration can cause shoulder pain for the same reasons it causes neck and leg pain. Shoulders are packed full of ligaments and tendons that require lubrication to work smoothly. If you do not drink enough water, the amount of available lubrication decreases, which can ead to inflammation, pain, and joint mobility issues.
Our Stoke chiropractor always tell patients who visit our chiropractor clinic in Stoke on Trent to keep a 1 litre bottle of water in the fridge or at their desk. Having a large bottle of cold water available acts as a good reminder to stay hydrated. Other useful habits which encourage you to stay hydrated include:
- Pair your water intake with your daily routine, so you drink upon waking or after brushing your teeth
- If you do not enjoy drinking water, drink juices (no added sugar), coconut water, milk, and tea
- Enjoy a diet high in fruits and vegetables because they contain a lot of water
- If you are exercising at a moderate to high intensity, supplement your water intake
- Buy a refillable water bottle and monitor your water intake
- Drink high-quality filtered water
If you would like to learn more about good hydration, contact our leading Stoke on Trent chiropractor at City Chiropractic Clinic, by calling 01782 848 184.
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