Neck Pain Relief And Treatment

Find out how to get relief for your sore neck and shoulders

Neck and shoulder pain

When to get help
Things you can do at home
Almost all of us will experience some form of discomfort and back of neck pain in our lives. While most of the time it is only short lived and mild, sometimes the stiffness and soreness can get more chronic and distracting.

If you are dealing with a nagging neck issue, there are many things you can do both at home and with your chiropractor or physiotherapist to get relief.

NECK PAIN CAUSES:

Whiplash Injury

Effects Of Poor Posture

Headache And Tension

What Causes Neck Pain

In a perfect world, everyone goes about their days with perfect posture. Head sitting directly atop your shoulders. Shoulders rolled back. Eyes forward.

The reality is we often find ourselves in less than ideal posture. There are many examples where we often have poor posture:

  • On our phones
  • Working at a computer
  • Playing video games
  • Reading or doing crafts
  • Cooking, washing dishes

Usually we end up with our heads dipped forward and down coupled with our shoulders rolled inwards. For short periods this is not an issue. When you repeat this posture for hours on end, day after day is when tension and stress builds in your neck, shoulder and upper back muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons.

Sometimes neck pain is from an injury such as whiplash from a motor vehicle collision, or a fall. When not related to a traumatic event, the majority of the time neck pain can be blamed on bad posture

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Types Of Neck Pain

Neck pain can range from mild stiffness and soreness to sharp pain and trouble turning your neck. Other symptoms can include headache, dizziness, trouble sleeping and difficulty eating.

Neck pain can travel as well. Many people report pain extending into their shoulders and upper back, or the area between your shoulder blades.

Sometimes, you may have a pinched neck nerve, or cervical radiculopathy. When this happens, you can start feeling numbness and tingling travel down your arms all the way to your fingers. You may find your grip weaker and have a harder time writing or holding a cup of coffee.

Some people may have a form of arthritis in their neck called osteoarthritis. This is usually due to wear and tear or old injuries. When the discs between your neck vertebrae wear down, this is called cervical spondylosis.

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Begin Relieving Your Neck Tension Today

Neck pain can include stiffness, soreness, ache and pain in your neck, shoulders and upper back. You may even have headaches.

If you are having trouble getting rid of your neck, shoulder or upper back pain, we can help you ease your pain and start moving better again

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Treatment To Relieve Neck Pain

Sometimes, that mild neck stiffness will go away with a bit of stretching of your neck muscles and rest. For those times that your neck discomfort becomes persistent, you may need help to find relief.

Stretch

With poor posture, specific muscles in your neck, shoulder and upper back become shortened and tensed. Finding these muscles and doing the right stretches can begin to provide you with some relief.

Chiropractic care, physiotherapy

With those shortened and tense muscles often also comes stiff and restricted joints in your neck and upper back. Manual therapy or chiropractic adjustments can be performed by your North Burnaby Heights physiotherapist and chiropractor at Cedar to improve the mobility and movements of those joints.

Once your joints start moving better again, this helps ease your muscle tension and makes it easier for you to improve your posture.

Imaging studies

If you have a pinched neck nerve or cervical radiculopathy, sometimes you may be recommended to get xrays to find out the condition of your spine and discs in your neck and upper back. One thing to keep note of is that there is not always a strong correlation between how severe your xrays look and how you feel.

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Things You Can Do At Home To Get Neck Pain Relief Now

First and foremost, the most important thing is to start being more aware of your posture. Perfect posture does not have to happen all the time. However, aim for having better posture more times than not.

Posture

Good posture means:

  • Head up straight
  • Eyes looking ahead or just slightly downwards
  • Shoulders back and relaxed
  • Sit while leaning back ever so slightly, using the full support of your chair back
  • Ensure your butt is up again the back of your chair
  • Elbows are by your side, not forward or up
  • Feet are firmly planted on the ground or a footrest
  • Screens are directly in front of your eyes

Pillow

If you have neck and shoulder pain when you wake up in the mornings, having the right pillow can help. The best pillow for neck pain really depends on what position you like to sleep in.

If you like sleeping on your sides, a thick supportive pillow usually is best. If you sleep more on your back, then a medium, smaller pillow could work. It is best to avoid sleeping on your stomach, but if you must, then try sleeping without a pillow.

Compare the differences between poor posture and ideal posture here or here

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I relieve my neck pain?

You can try using ice or heat, rest, light exercise or correcting your posture

How do I know if my neck pain is serious?

When your neck pain becomes more chronic, painful, spreads down into your arms or midback, or includes headache then it may be best for you to seek professional help

I woke up with neck pain, maybe I slept wrong?

Certainly sleeping in an odd position may lead to you waking up with neck stiffness and soreness. However, in many cases, it is more likely a sign of tension and stress that has been building in your neck, shoulders and upper back muscles and joints. Other times, chronic persistent morning stiffness may be a sign of arthritis
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Begin Relieving Your Neck Tension Today

Neck pain can include stiffness, soreness, ache and pain in your neck, shoulders and upper back. You may even have headaches.

If you are having trouble getting rid of your neck, shoulder or upper back pain, we can help you ease your pain and start moving better again

Schedule A Visit

Click To Phone 604-738-1168