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What is Neck Pain?

Neck pain is one of the most common complaints that affect millions of people worldwide. Whether it's a dull ache after a long day at work or sharp pain that limits movement, understanding the causes and finding effective relief is crucial for improving quality of life. In this blog post, we'll explore the various factors behind neck pain, common symptoms, and strategies for finding relief.

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What are the Causes of Neck Pain?

Some of the more common causes of neck and shoulder pain include:

Cervical Herniated Disc

When a cervical disc’s tough outer layer (annulus fibrosus) tears or partially tears and the soft inner layer (nucleus pulposus) starts to leak outward, the nearby nerve root can become inflamed and painful. If a disc in the lower cervical spine herniates, radicular pain in the shoulder blade region may accompany the neck pain.

Cervical Spondylosis

Degeneration in the cervical spine, also called cervical spondylosis, can involve cervical osteoarthritis, cervical degenerative disc disease, and other wear-and-tear conditions of the spine. As the spine eventually starts to degenerate with age, one or more intervertebral foramen (bony openings where the spinal nerves exit the spinal canal) may become smaller, called foraminal stenosis. With less room, a spinal nerve may become compressed or inflamed, causing pain to radiate from the neck down into the shoulder.

Muscle Strain

Several muscles are connected to both the neck and shoulder, such as the levator scapulae and trapezius. When one of these muscles becomes strained, pain and stiffness may be felt in both the neck and shoulder. Even in cases where a muscle strain develops in only the neck or shoulder, the pain may be referred to a nearby body region.

Poor Posture

Failing to sit up straight, especially if you're at a desk all day, can take a toll on your neck and shoulder health. People who sit at desks all day may be prone to a rounding of the back (called kyphosis) and shoulders that slump forward.

This, in turn, can lead to a condition known as forward head posture. In this way, your shoulder and your neck may collude to create muscle tension and weakness, poor posture, and pain.


What are the Symptoms Related to Neck and Shoulder Pain?

Some people describe the pain as:

  • A persistent ache
  • A stabbing or burning pain
  • A shooting pain that travels from their neck to their shoulders or arms

Neck pain may involve other symptoms, including:

  • Headache
  • Stiffness in your neck, shoulders and upper back
  • Being unable to turn your neck or tilt your head
  • Numbness or tingling (pins and needles) feeling in your shoulders or arms

How does Chiropractic Help with Neck Pain?

Before knowing when to see a chiropractor for neck pain, understanding what our chiropractor does is just as important.

Chiropractors specialise in assessment and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Put simply we work on the interaction between the joints, muscles and nerves in the body and how they cause pain.

When you begin experiencing neck pain whether it’s happening for the first time or it’s happened time and time again, there is always a change to the muscles and joints in the area.

Our chiropractor can assess what’s causing the changes in your muscles and joints leading to your neck pain through a series of questions and examinations.

This will help determine what the best treatment is to stop your discomfort as quickly as possible.

When To See A Chiropractor for Neck Pain?

Getting professional help for any pain you have is always advised but is seeing a chiropractor the right choice?

Especially when you’re suffering with neck pain that won’t go away you’ll do just about anything that helps as long as you know it’s safe.

There are many symptoms of neck pain that a chiropractor can help give you relief from. These symptoms include:

  • Pain that is progressively getting worse
  • Pain that continues to come and go
  • Neck pain with tingling or electric pain into the arm or fingers which may be from a pinched nerve or neck bulging disc
  • Neck pain on one or both sides of the neck that is limiting your movement
  • Pain that is reduced by medication but comes back again when the medication wears off
  • Neck pain that comes on with headaches


What a Chiropractor Does For Your Neck Pain

The most important thing a chiropractor will do for you is diagnose your problem.

If any practitioner be it a doctor, physiotherapist or chiropractor begins treating you without a diagnosis make sure you get a second opinion before you go any further.

A chiropractor will ask about your symptoms to find the underlying cause of your pain. This will allow them to come up with a number of diagnosis which are confirmed through a series of examinations which include various movement tests of your neck to come up with a final diagnosis.

Treatment is then based specifically on your diagnosis. If it’s determined as safe to treat you. Chiropractic treatment for neck pain will generally include:

Chiropractic Adjustments

Neck adjustments involve a gentle movement of the joints in your neck that are restricting your necks movement. This help reduce tension and increase mobility in your spine.

While neck adjustments are extremely safe, if it’s something you don’t feel comfortable with there are various other techniques which can be used to still effectively get you out of pain. Communication is always key so let your chiropractor know if you’re ever feeling uncomfortable with anything.

Soft Tissue Work (Muscle Releases and Massage)

The muscles around your neck tighten up to protect your neck from movements that will cause it more pain. A Chiropractor will assess which specific muscles have tightened up and perform certain muscle releases and soft tissue work to reduce the tension in your neck. Along with adjustments this can give you the best results for your pain.


A Chiropractor can help perform these exercises and stretches with you and combine them with specific rehabilitation to not only stop your pain but hopefully keep it away.

The exercises and stretches performed for your neck pain are specific to your problem to reduce tension in certain areas, increase the length of tight muscles and increase strength in weak muscles.


Neck pain can significantly impact daily life, but with the right approach, relief is possible. By understanding the causes, recognising symptoms, and implementing appropriate strategies for relief, you can effectively manage and alleviate neck aches, improving overall well-being and quality of life. If pain persists or worsens, it's essential to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and treatment. Contact us today! 


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