Clues: What links these symptoms together – fogging, irritation, redness, pain, headache?
Answer: COVID 19.
Over this past year, we’ve all found
ourselves dealing with some new
aches and pains in odd ways. Glasses’ fogging. Irritation of the
nose. Redness of cheeks. Back of ear irritation. Neck pain. Headache.
The protective gear has its side-effects in addition
to its up-sides. Your McHenry chiropractor is here to
help lessen some of the associated pains like headache and neck pain. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic welcomes
McHenry headache and neck pain sufferers to come in for a chiropractic
ISSUES WITH MASKS THAT RESULT IN McHenry NECK
PAIN AND HEADACHE
Masks and mask-wearing have side-effects. One
study of nurses explained that headache affected
73.4%, extreme sweating impacted 59.6%, breathing difficulty bothered
36.7%. Goggle or glasses’ fogging was reported 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) A recent
study of nurses who had to wear masks and other PPE for greater
than 4 hours at a time revealed that vision problems affected
47.9% of them as did redness of cheeks/nose bridge/ears, dry mouth, and
headaches. (2) One study of healthcare workers centered
on the incidence of headache during COVID-19.
81% stated that they acquired new PPE
(mask/eye wear)-related headaches. 33% of them described having headaches before
COVID. 91.3% of those pre-existing headache sufferers said that increased
mask/eye wear equipment impacted their headache control and
work. (3) Overall headache occurrence due to PPE (mask/eye) was 62% in another
report. Working more than 8 hours a shift increased
the risk of new headache incidence. Discomfort,
blurred vision, and reduced concentration were other reported issues. Wearing
such equipment aggravated pre-existing headache issues
and triggered new headache occurrences.
(4) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic has gathered new pain complaints
from our McHenry chiropractic patients in the past year. Your
McHenry chiropractor has treated many for
headache and neck pain relief.
NEW PAIN ISSUES AND HELP WITH CHIROPRACTIC
According to the American Chiropractic
Association, our McHenry chiropractic patients are not alone! Chiropractic
patients across the country are reporting some new pain
issues with their neck, shoulders, and upper back throughout this
past year of the pandemic, particularly those
who wear masks for long hours. Surely, stress is a contributor to pain in normal life. In these times, it’s no wonder that patients are reporting
more pain. Masks may well contribute to pain in the neck, shoulders,
and upper back. Masks may impact vision. If a mask lies
too high, the wearer may tuck the chin to see more clearly or hold
the neck in a different 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
idea! (5) Your McHenry chiropractor knows
these issues and is here to help!
CONTACT OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
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Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for relief of neck pain and headache.
Make your next McHenry
chiropractic appointment with OrthoIllinois Chiropractic. We offer no more clues to the
riddle of new headache and neck pain issues over the past year, just an option.
OrthoIllinois Chiropractic offers chiropractic care: McHenry chiropractic