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Neck & Shoulder Soreness

Neck Soreness | Live Well Chirotractic

What are the Causes of Neck and Shoulder Soreness?

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
Other symptoms

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 and Shoulder Pain?

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

Chiropractors specialize in assessment and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Put simply they 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.

A 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

That cracking noise you hear at a chiropractor can be pretty nerve racking.

If you like a lot of other people are hesitant to go to a chiropractor because of the cracking noise you hear put your mind at ease.

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)

Have you noticed how tight the muscles around your neck and shoulders get when you experience neck pain?

The muscles around your neck tighten up to protect your neck from movements that will cause it more pain. Funnily enough it can be the tight muscles around your neck because of poor posture which lead to your neck pain in the first place!

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.



I know…neck pain exercises and neck stretches are the last thing you want to do when you can barely move your neck.

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.



Vinod Morè
Vinod Morè
Visits to Livewell Chiropractor SengKang helped me to reduce chronic back and shoulder pain with back posture readjustment together with given home exercise. Dr Chaw Siew Wei expertise to focus on aching points helped to relax tense shoulder.
winnie lee
winnie lee
I suffered from back pains for quite awhile now and have been visiting Dr Jessie for the past few months. Since then, my condition has improved, no longer have frequent back pains. Highly recommend Dr Jessie, friendly, engaging and professional!
Hong Hui Teo
Hong Hui Teo
I had suffer lower back slip disc at my L4 bone for 13 years. Way back, i had went to hospital for MRI scan, refer to bone specialist and even tried TCM but non of them work well. Time and money spend in the past but the aching/pain just cannot resolve hence at one point of time i had already given up the hope for my slip disc and have the mind set to just live with the pain forever. Recently, happen to saw Chiropractic Ads in my facebook so i decided to give it a try. Did some research online and found LiveWell Sengkang so decided to give it a last tried. Dr Siew Wei was my chiropractor. After 2 session with Dr Siew Wei, realize my back was not as ache as before and surprisingly my body movement had improved as previously due to the aching/pain my body movement when straightening my back is like having this one to two sec pain/aching lag time whenever i bend down and up to do thing. Somehow, Chiropractic improve my body movement and daily lifestyle so I decided to sign up for a 20 session with Dr Siew Wei to continue maintaining my back ache. Overall, i feel the time and money spend is really worth here as I can really see the result here after 2 session with Dr Siew Wei.
John Cole
John Cole
Dr Jessie assessment was accurate as per what XRay shows. Her chiropractic skill was amicable and was engaging throughout the process..kudos!
Adrielle Alemania
Adrielle Alemania
I had an ankle surgery 6 months ago and with a scoliosis, it definitely affected my walking during rehabilitation. And I also suffered from severe back pain. with proper exercises, stretching and Chiropractic treatment with Dr. Jessie. I definitely feel a huge improvement on my walking and there’s lesser back pain. Dr. Jessie is a very well versed Chiropractor, she is also very friendly and tends to every patient with different specific treatment. I had chiro treatment done few years back and this is definitely a better clinic! Also I would like to thank the counter staff for always being flexible with my timing.
Daniel Ng
Daniel Ng
Made an appt after feeling stiff necks and shoulders. Attended to by Dr Kenney. Recommended to do an x-ray and realised I have cervical neck. Now midway to the treatment and feeling much better. Even the chest tightness I used to have, is also better now (yes, chest tightness or pain can be caused by chiropractic issues). Definitely recommend - most of time, the appt are punctual and treatments are fast.
Vivien Chan
Vivien Chan
I highly recommend Live Well Chiropractic for their exceptional chiropractic treatment. My doctor, Dr. Kenney Truong is professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. He has demonstrated an impressive level of expertise and provided effective and timely treatment - successfully addressing both symptoms and root causes of pain. Patient education and empowerment are prioritized, and the clinic has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Overall, my experience has resulted in significant pain relief and improved well-being.
ily a
ily a
My experience with Livewell has been great! Dr kenney always manage to help me alleviate the pain around my problematic areas. Their prices are reasonable too.
Zi Jie Tham (M字秃Uncle的中年危机)
Zi Jie Tham (M字秃Uncle的中年危机)
Dr Kenney is very professional and patient. He will check with you any pain and adjust treatment accordingly. There is no pain for doing chiropractic unlike surgery. Though it will take some times to improve body condition progressively.

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