can Chiropractic reduce neck pain?

Would stopping your neck pain improve your life?

Neck pain can vary from a mild muscular ache to pain so severe it interferes with your quality of life. It may start out as mild aching pain, or stiff and tired shoulder muscles that become worse over time, or it may start suddenly and severely.

In many cases your neck pain will resolve itself and no treatment is needed to stop or reduce your symptoms. If however, you are having repetitive episodes of neck pain that you keep ignoring, or you find yourself relying on painkillers to dull the pain, it may be time to find out what is causing your pain and whether a Townsville Chiropractor can help correct it.





Your neck consists of 7 vertebrae, between the shoulders and base of the skull, with discs between them. These vertebrae allow the head to move in many different directions, so when people talk about neck pain it can actually be down at the base of your neck, under the skull or out toward the shoulders. Pain in all of these locations are considered to be neck pain.

Neck pain is a particularly common problem in our modern age with extended computer usage, poor posture, and a lack of exercise often to blame. In fact, it is the second most common condition that brings people in to our clinic.

Due to its high degree of flexibility, the neck is also particularly vulnerable to injury such as; whiplash and damage to the discs, muscles, nerves and ligaments.


 What Causes Neck Pain?

Some of the more common causes of neck pain include;

Townsville Chiropractor explaining neck painPoor Spinal Function: When the vertebral joints in both the neck and the back stop working properly, it can affect the discs, nerves and muscles in the neck.

Injuries: Single injuries, such as whiplash, or repetitive injuries to the neck will often lead to neck pain. Sudden movement of the head (backwards, forwards or sideways) in an accident can create severe neck pain. Whiplash pain is usually felt within 24 hours; however, some people continue to have pain for several months or years after the injury1.

Postural Changes: These changes can be brought on by reduced spinal movement, environmental stresses such as prolonged sitting in an office chair, poor work ergonomics or poor muscle tone and strength.

Spinal Degeneration (Arthritis): Trauma and abnormal function that continues for years can cause wear and tear to the vertebrae, joints and discs over time.

Medical Conditions: Uncommon conditions such as tumours, infections, and fractures can also cause neck pain.


What are the Symptoms of Neck Pain?

The most common symptoms associated with neck pain are headaches in both the front and back of the skull, pain on movement, and muscles that spasm or ache.

Pressure on the nerves leaving the neck can also produce radiating pain in the shoulders, arms, wrists and hands.




Can Chiropractic Treatment help Neck Pain? 

Townsville-Chiropractor-examining a patients neck movementOne of the most common reasons people seek chiropractic care from our clinic is for neck pain. In over 35 years of practice in Townsville we have literally treated thousands of patients suffering from neck pain.

Neck pain is often part of a bigger clinical picture involving your middle and your lower back. Clinically, we find that we get the best results with neck pain when we address the functioning of your whole body and not just the region of pain.

This is why our Townsville chiropractors will look at the functionality of your entire spine, including postural changes and habits as we try to find the true cause of your neck pain.

When you consult us about neck pain we will not start any treatment until we fully understand what is causing your problem.  We will discuss which techniques we believe will be the most suitable for you and design an individual plan that best suits you.  

One recent study found that the best recommendation for managing neck pain involves spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations and soft tissue work 2.  Therefore, your treatment will usually involve specific spinal adjustments, appropriate rehabilitation exercises, and home care advice tailored to your needs . You can find out more about what happens at your first visit here.



1.     Mayo Clinic. (2018). Whiplash – Symptoms and causes. [online] Available at:

2.   Bryans R, Decina P, Descarreaux M, Duranleau M, Marcoux H, Potter B, Ruegg RP, Shaw L, Watkin R, White E. Evidence-based guidelines for the chiropractic treatment of adults with neck pain. J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2014 Jan;37(1):42-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.08.010


Do you suffer from neck pain or headaches?

find out if Chiropractic can help reduce your pain today.


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