The most common cause is mechanical neck pain- meaning a strain injury of the facet joints, muscles and ligaments, especially from poor posture, injury such as whiplash and even psychological stress.

Problems in the neck can affect other parts of your body, such as your head (headaches, nausea, vertigo), upper back, shoulders or arms and hands. It is very important to get a proper evaluation to rule out more serious causes of pain, such as fracture or cancer.

Symptoms of neck pain can include:

Pain that is aching, cramping or stabbing in nature
Can be either constant or intermittent
If the nerves are affected in your neck, you may suffer from numbness, tingling, loss of sensation or weakness in your arms or legs. Seek immediate professional attention

How can a chiropractor help?

People may commonly try pain medications such as paracetamol, aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs. If there is evidence of nerve root irritation causing pain, your medical doctor may perform an epidural steroid injection. However, none of the aforementioned treatments will address the underlying cause of the problem such as, poor spine alignment and restricted joints.

Chiropractic adjustments are a precise and safe treatment with the goal of restoring the impaired mechanics of the spinal joints and improving the alignment of the spine. This aims to prevent further deterioration and the possible need for surgery.

Tips for Neck Pain Sufferers

Be active and engage in regular low-impact exercise such as brisk walking and swimming
Avoid prolonged inactivity or bed rest
Warm up and stretch before exercising or other physical activities
Maintain good posture at all times
Wear good supportive shoes that are flat or low-heeled
Sleep on a supportive mattress (medium firmness) and contoured pillow (eg. Tempur pillow)
Practice good lifting technique, ie bend your knees, squat and lift
Ensure your computer workstation is ergonomically correct
Eat nutrient dense food- meaning real food vs processed food