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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.



Yong Seng Lee
Yong Seng Lee
Has been seeing Dr Kenney for about 4 months for my hunch back and general wellbeing. Nothing but good words from me! Dr Kenney is skilful and experienced and always checking on me. With his help, my posture and wellbeing has improved since my first visit His friendly demeanour makes him click with his patients easily. Not to mention, the front desk staff are always so friendly, efficient and prompt with enquiries.
Wai Meng Woon
Wai Meng Woon
After the first few visits, my lower back started to feel a lot better. And I began to regain my mobility. This is all due to the regular adjustments and decompression therapy as recommended by Dr Jessie. I've also done my due diligence to regularly stretch and do core exercises that helps with the recovery as recommended by Dr Jessie.
Nidzam Noh
Nidzam Noh
I have never been happier after being treated by Dr Kenney. He managed to identify the root cause of my lower back pain after his assessment. Looking forward to my next visit.
Ifah Abdeen
Ifah Abdeen
I really appreciate how gentle Dr Jess is with my adjustments. She always make me feel better, never worse. I am amazed at how she is able to find and fix the problem areas in my body.
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I have been coming here for back and shoulder pain for the past two months, definitely seeing improvement as the shoulders do not feel as tight anymore. My back pain has been gradually fading away and overall, moving feels easier now. The front desk has been very helpful, they are very prompt with their replies especially when i make sudden changes in my appointment timing.
Julian Mortimer
Julian Mortimer
One day after work, I experienced pain deep within the right rhomboid area, right shoulder blades and neck pains. It felt like a stiff neck but more intense. After 2 weeks, hoping it would naturally go away, it didn’t. It was very uncomfortable and sometimes painful which resulted in me taking some pain killers. So that’s when I decided to try Chiro. I was assigned with Dr. Siew Wei at the Rivervale Mall Branch and was advised to go for a 20 session package, which I did. After about 4 sessions, is when I started to feel some improvement. Yes, it takes time and it’s not an immediate result. By the 10th Session, most of the pain was gone and by the 18th session. I’m back to normal. Dr. Siew Wei is friendly and knowledgeable, and I’m glad that she had managed to cure away the pain. Thank you.
Harrison Ng
Harrison Ng
Backpain? Neckpain? Just ring for Dr Jess and her team of dedicated front counter staffs! :)
Hazel Ho
Hazel Ho
Have been with Livewell Sengkang about 3 months now, and have nothing but good stuff to say about them. Firstly the service from the front desk is great, with very quick replies and very flexible whenever I have to make last minute changes to my time slot. Very glad with the friendliness of the staff and how convenient they make my booking of sessions! As for my doctor, Dr Kenny gave clear explanations from the very start, is extremely friendly and easy to talk to, which I appreciate. Went here to correct my neck posture as well as my hunchback, which I do see myself improving and being more conscious about as the sessions go on. Feel a lot lighter and easier to stand straight after each session. Overall a very comfortable experience, really recommend!

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