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Neck pain

If you suffer from neck pain, it can greatly affect your ability to function at home or work. Neck pain is a very common complaint. It is estimated that up to 70% of the population suffers from it. If your symptoms do not improve on their own, chiropractic care can help.

The Causes
Neck pain can come on suddenly or gradually for a variety of reasons. You may recognize yourself in one of the following examples:

- Poor posture at your desk, or the phone wedged between your ear and shoulder;


- Working in the same position for a long time or in an uncomfortable position;


- Sitting frequently with an iPad or laptop on your lap;


- Shrugging your shoulders because of cold or stress;


- Drafts or air conditioning on your neck;


- Accidents such as a collision (whiplash) or a fall;


- Wear and tear/arthritis of the neck.

  These causes can cause joints to stop moving properly and muscles to spasm, causing pain.

Characteristics of neck pain
Neck pain often feels like a nagging pain on one or both sides of the neck or at the top of the shoulders. You may notice that you can't move your neck very well, such as when looking around in a car or on a bike. The muscles feel tight and sometimes you may even hear a noise when you move, similar to a "gravel road" in the neck.

Other symptoms you may experience from the neck include:


Pain radiating into the arms;
Tingling in the hand or fingers;
ringing in the ears or difficulty concentrating.

Treatment in a chiropractor's office
The chiropractor will first ask questions about your condition and then examine you. Your chiropractor may use different techniques to improve the mobility of the joints in your neck. Techniques are also used to relax the muscles. If necessary, you may be given home exercises and advice to improve posture or strengthen muscles.

A chiropractor can use a variety of techniques to treat most neck pain safely and effectively.

animation of a neckpain
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