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Neck Pain

 

The neck carries the weight of the head all day while allowing multidirectional movement. 

 

Neck pain from tight muscles often occurs from poor posture or sudden whip lash injuries.  Chiropractors are notorious for adjusting the neck, which can be beneficial, but often the primary pain generators are the muscles that are working hard to keep the neck stable.  In these cases working through irritated muscles would be the best strategy.

 

If the neck has felt stiffer over the past few months, then an analysis of what is happening below the neck should be done.  Posture, shoulder injuries, stress, and structural asymmetries can all contribute toward neck pain.  

Neck Related Conditions 

  • Cervicogenic Headaches (caused by myofascial dysfunction of the neck).

  • Migraines

  • Whiplash

  • Cervical Spondylosis (degeneration of the joints in the neck).

  • Cervical Facet Syndrome / Meniscoid (sprain of the facet joint).

  • Discogenic Pain Syndrome.

Treatment Techniques Frequently Used​

  • Myofascial release (the releasing actively or passively of the soft tissues contributing toward the problem).

  • Spinal Manipulative Therapy in the neck for improved joint function.

  • Functional analysis and correction of what is happening below the neck.

  • Postural and ergonomic advice.

  • Home exercises.