Neck pain is referred to as cervical pain. Neck pain is often due to stress or strain and irritation of the muscles, ligaments, facet joints and intervertebral discs in the cervical spine region. This can develop after a traumatic injury or over time secondary to poor posture, lack of exercise or repetitive stress, such as prolonged sitting and driving.
Postural stress or repetitive strain and irritation of the neck, upper back and shoulder region is common in today’s society, often leading to cervical spine stiffness and facet joint restriction.
If the neck pain and spinal stiffness is ignored, additional conditions may develop including:
In cases of a disc protrusion or herniation, a cervical spinal nerve can get pinched or compressed and inflamed causing arm pain, numbness or tingling and muscle weakness.
At Livingston Chiropractic spinal and extremity adjustments are carried out to help to restore normal motion, balance musculature and reduce pain.
Your neck is made up of vertebrae, and between each of the vertebra are nerves and discs (gel-like pillows that provide a cushion between each vertebrae). If one or more of your vertebra shift out of alignment, they can crowd or pinch the nerves that run between them causing neck pain.
Vertebrae can move out of alignment when:
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries to the neck. It occurs when the neck experiences a sudden movement forward and backward or from side to side.
This sudden movement overstretches and tears the tendons and ligaments in the neck.
How Can Neck Pain Be Prevented?
When Should I Consider Chiropractic Care?
We recommend you consider care with Livingston Chiropractic for neck pain when:
Is Chiropractic Treatment Right for Me?
During your first appointment Astrid will take a detailed medical history and examine you before discussing your condition and your suitability for chiropractic care. If it is considered that chiropractic would not be right for you then you would be referred to your GP.
As part of your treatment Astrid will give you some guidance on stretches and exercises you can do at home. A supple body is a pain free body and stretching and working your muscles will help with your recovery.
A new patient appointment lasts around 45 minutes and includes a treatment following your examination, if considered appropriate.
In addition to a new patient appointment we offer free spinal screenings. This is a 15 minutes appointment where Astrid will discuss your medical history and examine you and then explain the suitability of chiropractic for your condition but no treatment will be carried out. See our Free Spinal Screening page for more details.