Neck pain is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population experiencing it at some point in their lives.
Most people do not realise just how much they move their neck during the day until they find they are unable to do so.
Neck pain can arise from any of the structures in the neck such as nerve, bone, artery and/or soft tissue.
The symptoms of neck pain can vary depending on the underlying cause of the pain.Common symptoms include:
- Stiffness: A feeling of tightness or reduced range of motion in the neck.
- Pain: Pain can range from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing pain.
- Headaches: Neck pain can be associated with headaches that start at the base of the skull and radiate to the forehead or temples.
- Muscle spasms: Involuntary contractions or tightness in the muscles of the neck.
- Numbness or tingling: A feeling of pins and needles or loss of sensation in the arms or hands.
- Weakness: A loss of strength or coordination in the arms or hands.
- Swelling: Swelling or inflammation of the neck muscles.
- Difficulty sleeping: Neck pain can make it difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position, leading to poor sleep quality.
- Problems in the neck can also contribute to headaches, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) restricted range of motion, and lower back ache.
Traumatic injury eg accident or fall
We can help to provide fast, effective and long lasting relief from neck pain by performing a thorough consultation and examination to ascertain the source of the pain and decide upon the best care plan for you. By viewing the body as a whole, we aim to restore global function with adjustments and/or spinal Decompressive-oscillation, massage, stretches, and rehabilitative exercises.
We have helped many people resolve their neck pain. Come and see us and see if we can help resolve yours!
If you are experiencing neck pain, there are several things you can do to help alleviate the pain:
- Apply heat or cold: Applying a heat pad or ice pack to the affected area can help to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Practice good posture: Make sure your head and neck are in a neutral position when sitting or standing. Avoid slouching or holding your head in a forward position for extended periods of time.
- Stretching: Gentle stretching exercises can help relieve muscle tension and improve range of motion in the neck.
- Massage: Massaging the affected area can help reduce muscle tension and improve circulation.
- Adjust your sleeping position: Use a supportive pillow and avoid sleeping on your stomach to help reduce strain on the neck.
- Stress management: Stress can exacerbate neck pain, so finding ways to manage stress such as meditation can help.
- Chiropractic: Chiropractors use hands-on techniques to adjust the joints and soft tissues in the neck and spine to improve range of motion, reduce pain, and improve overall function.
- Non Surgical Spinal Decompressive oscillation gently stretches and oscillates the spine and creates negative pressure within the disc. This negative pressure can help draw herniated or bulging disc material back into place, relieving pressure on the spinal nerves and reducing pain.
You should think about seeing one of our practitioners. We have had great results over the years in helping people ease their neck pain.
Pain can occur for a variety of reasons: accidents and falls, poor posture, work, frequent laptop and tablet use, as well as inflammatory and systemic conditions.
Common causes of neck pain include muscle strains or sprains, poor posture, herniated discs, pinched nerves, and degenerative disc disease. In some cases, neck pain may be related to an underlying medical condition such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, or spinal stenosis.
Yes, neck problems can cause problems elsewhere in the body! The neck is a complex structure that houses many nerves, blood vessels, and muscles that are interconnected with other parts of the body. When there is an issue in the neck, it can affect these surrounding structures and cause pain or dysfunction elsewhere.
For example, a herniated disc or pinched/irritated nerve in the neck can cause pain, numbness and tingling in the arms or hands. Neck problems can also cause headaches, dizziness, and jaw pain. Additionally, poor posture and muscle imbalances in the neck can lead to shoulder, upper back, and even lower back pain.
It’s important to note that not all pain or dysfunction in other parts of the body is directly caused by neck problems, and it’s important to seek help to determine the underlying cause of any symptoms. However, addressing neck problems through proper diagnosis and treatment can often help alleviate pain and dysfunction in other areas of the body.