When the muscles are relaxed by medications, it can also become more difficult to control them. For instance, as we’re riding in a car muscles are constantly tightening and loosening as we travel over bumps in the road, through turns, stops and starts, etc. The muscles keep us from getting hurt, because arms, legs and head aren’t just freely flailing around from the vehicle’s movements. However, on muscle relaxers, the muscles aren’t responding as quickly on their own, our brain isn’t sending them signals fast enough and our ability to consciously manipulate them is impaired.
The previous example is certainly just a simplified explanation of the complex effects of muscle relaxers. However, the point remains that while on muscle relaxers we do not have normal control over muscles and can easily get hurt accidently. (Thus, another reason for protecting the neck with items such as a soft cervical collar or neck pain pillow.) Continuing with this example, when riding in a car while on muscle relaxers, since the muscles don’t provide the quick response they normally do, the head can easily lunge back and forth or turn side to side.
If the head goes any direction too far, further damage is done to the sore neck muscles. Other damage can also be done. For instance, the neck of a person with severe disk degeneration can easily go out of alignment and create a pinched nerve (one of the most painful causes of neck pain). If that same person has grown a population of bone spurs, the spurs can damage a nerve or be pushed deeper into the spinal canal which can result in serious consequences such as weakness or numbness in the legs or arms.
Using a cervical support such as a soft collar helps do part of the job our muscles normally do: keeping us from getting hurt. Using a neck pain pillow for extra neck support can help insure that neck muscle strain or further damage to the neck is not done while on muscle relaxers.
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