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About Neck Pain and Stiffness

Neck Pain and Stiffness

Neck pain is one of the most common health problems affecting thousands upon thousands of individuals. Neck problems can be acute, resulting from an injury to something as simple as sleeping improperly. Chronic neck pain is also bothersome, and can be resultant to degenerative changes and untreated old injuries. Since the neck is the vital link between the brain and the rest of our body, an injury to the neck can be detrimental as it can interfere with the crucial coordination between the two.

Poor posture

Poor posture is one of the most common causes of neck pain and stiffness. This can be the result of sitting at a computer for extended periods, talking on the phone with head tilt, and countless other activities that cause the head and neck to be in an unfavorable position.

Any time the head and neck are placed in front of the shoulders extra strain is put on the muscles in the neck, resulting in tension, which can go unnoticed until a pain situation arises.

Muscle Strain

A neck strain is not considered to be a serious injury, but the pain and discomfort that it causes can be significant. This is often caused by lifting something that is too heavy, sleeping in an awkward position on a pillow that is too large, or from overexertion.

A traumatic injury such as a motor vehicle accident can be more involved, as the structures that support the bones in the neck become compromised and can result in swelling, inflammation and nerve pressure.

Cervical Osteoarthritis

Cervical Osteoarthritis is another term for degenerative changes of the structure of the neck. This occurs when the protective cartilage surrounding the joints starts to break down and no longer facilitates smooth movement between the bones.

Osteoarthritis in the neck can be caused by aging, injuries, genetics, and posture issues, and typically has a gradual onset that worsens over time. Typically, the pain, stiffness and lack of mobility are reasons that people seek treatment. Even though the process is not reversible, osteoarthritis can be managed with conservative care and exercise.

3 Steps to Improving Your Neck Pain and Stiffness


  My grandma developed an ongoing "crick in the neck" some months earlier. She kept saying her neck was very stiff and she couldn't move like she thought she should be able to. A friend of hers suggested chiropractic treatment and she wanted to try it in spite of her age. Honestly, I was apprehensive about it when she began but she's been going for MMT for just a few weeks now and the change is real. It's given her some of her agility back and helped her pain a lot.  

Claire Campbell

  I strained a neck muscle playing tennis last month. I hoped it would disappear with rest but when that didn't happen I went for a massage, which helped, but didn't resolve it. I had to stop the tennis and was having trouble with virtually all motion of my head and neck. It was the motion therapy that won and got me back into my tennis game!  

Owen Lee

  My friend's been suffering from arthritis, but he suddenly started getting this horrible neck pain a couple of months ago. I'd seen Pain Away Clinics on the net and told him about it. Almost 8 weeks later, it seems to have really paid off. Just met him to golf and he feels like a different person already.  

William Cote

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