Neck Pain

One out of ten of us will have neck pain at some time in our life. In most cases it is not due to a serious disease or neck problem and often the exact cause for the pain is not clear. Most are probably due to minor sprains or bad posture. This comes as no surprise when we consider the activities of modern life such as sitting in front of a computer, watching prolonged periods of television and an increasing incidence of poor posture – particularly forward head posture.

Problems within the neck can also cause headache, shoulder pain, TMJ or jaw pain, pins and needles in the hands, carpal tunnel syndrome and upper back pain.

We encourage you to contact us for a thorough assessment with one of our Chiropractors if you regularly experience any of the following,:

  • In the am you may wake up with a sore neck

  • Reversing the car and turning your head, your neck may feel stiff

  • When you turn your head you may hear a clicking sound

  • Neck muscles may ache constantly

  • A sensation of pins and needles in your fingers and hands

Treatment for Neck Pain

Before any action is taken, the Chiropractor will assess your neck pain, diagnose the problem and help you understand what’s wrong. They will work with you to develop an effective treatment plan that takes into account your lifestyle, leisure activities and general health. Thankfully, Chiropractic offers a very effective treatment for neck pain. Typically, your Chiropractor will recommend the following:

  • postural advice and how to avoid further strain, good posture may help. Check that your sitting position
    at work or at the computer is not poor. (That is, not with your head flexed forward with a stooped back.) Sit upright.

  • a series of specific spinal adjustments to restore proper movement to the neck vertebrae

  • release tight neck muscles

  • neck exercises to encourage improved movement

  • neck strengthening exercises

  • keep active

  • heat/ice therapy to help manage your neck pain

  • recommend a contoured firm supporting pillow to provide support while sleeping

  • advice on how you can help yourself. for example, you may be shown exercises that you can do between treatment sessions

Please contact the clinic if you would like to have an assessment with one of our Chiropractors.

Kate Granger