neck pain


Waking up with painful neck can be caused by one or more of the following:

  • Sleeping position. When you sleep on your stomach, while you are sleeping your neck may be twisted to one side for hours at a time. This can strain your neck muscles, and make them feel sore and stiff in the morning.
  • Pillow. Your head and neck spend many hours every night on your pillow, which is why choosing the right pillow is key to a healthy pain-free neck. A pillow that doesn’t support your head and neck properly can create tension in your neck muscles, and cause neck pain.
  • Sudden movement. Sudden movements, like sitting up quickly can strain your neck muscles. Tossing and turning while you’re sleeping, or trying to sleep, can also create tension and stress in your neck.
  • Previous injury. Some kinds of injuries, like sports injuries, may not always hurt at first. The full physical effects may only be felt days later. If you were injured in a way that might have hurt your neck, you may go to bed feeling okay, but wake up the next morning with a very sore, stiff neck.
  •  Other common causes of neck pain include: poor posture during the day, working too long at a computer, or watching television for too long without changing positions, osteoarthritis in one of the upper spinal joints, nerve compression caused by a herniated disk or bone spur in your neck.
back pain


The average person is born with 33 individual bones in the back (the vertebrae) that interact and connect through flexible joints called facets. By the time a person becomes an adult most have only 24 vertebrae because some vertebrae at the bottom end of the spine fuse together during normal growth and development.

The back has more than 100 joints each with its cluster of tendons, ligaments and muscles. Yet we often subject this complex structure to heavy loads and stresses.

Poor posture, careless lifting and many everyday tasks from weeding the garden to carrying heavy shopping can cause painful strains and sprains on the back. Sometimes you simply may not know why back pain has appeared.

In most cases, the cause of back pain is ‘mechanical’ (that is, not caused by disease), which means the pain will usually get better over time. In other cases, the cause of back is diseases and old age in some cases. When the back pain does not get better over time, it will be a good idea to visit your doctor for advice.

back pain, headache


Below is the list of conditions that can cause back pain and headache to occur at the same time:


Poor posture can put a strain on the muscles of your head and back. Maintaining poor posture over time can lead to the development of both headache and back pain.


Car accident, fall, or injury while playing sports, can cause headache and back pain to occur together.


Meningitis and encephalitis often cause back pain and headache together. Meningitis is an inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Encephalitis is an inflammation of brain tissue. Other symptoms that can occur during meningitis and encephalitis includes, but not limited to, flu-like symptoms, high fever, stiff neck, neck pain, photosensitivity to light.


Intense, throbbing headache my lead to lower back pain.

(5) IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder that can cause symptoms like abdominal cramps, constipation and diarrhoea. IBS can also cause headache and back pain.


A brain aneurysm occurs when the walls of an artery in the brain become weakened and begin to bulge. If the aneurysm ruptures, it can be life-threatening. Symptoms can include, but not limited to, sudden severe headache, neck stiffness or neck pain, back pain, double vision. If you think someone has a brain aneurysm an ambulance has to be called and the person has to be taken to the nearest emergency department.


You need to see a doctor if your headache and back pain:

  • are severe,
  • does not get better with rest or home treatment,
  • returns or occurs more often than usual,
  • affects your normal day-to-day activity.
back pain, Middle back pain


Middle back is the region of the back between the rib cage and base of the spine. In this region, there are 12 spinal disks, several vertebrae, muscles and ligaments. There are many causes of middle back pain ranging from injury to poor posture. Some of the causes of middle back pain are injury, age, arthritis, fractured vertebrae, kidney problem, herniated disks, muscle sprain or strain, poor posture, scoliosis, tumour.

Not all cases of middle back pain are preventable, but the following steps may reduce the risk of injury:

  • Maintain a healthful weight. Being overweight puts extra stress on the back muscles.
  • Sleep on one side or on the back. People who sleep on their stomach may experience spinal misalignment. It is best to sleep on the back, or one side with a pillow between the knees.
  • Practice proper posture. Stand tall with the shoulders back and keep the pelvis in a neutral position.
  • Ergonomically optimise all workspace. Make sure computers are at eye level, look for a seat with armrests and lower back supports, and wear supportive shoes.
  • Lift with caution. Where possible, avoid heavy lifting or find someone to help. When lifting, keep the back straight and bend at the knees.
  • Try physical therapy. Ask the therapist for a personalised program to improve posture, core strength, and mobility.