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Neck Pain Relief
at San Jose Chiropractic

woman sitting at a desk with neck pain

Neck pain is without a doubt one of the most common complaints we see at San Jose Chiropractic. Given the enormous amount of time people spend at their workstations or on their digital devices at home, it’s not surprising that many suffer from neck pain.

What Are Some Symptoms?

Here are some symptoms and signs of neck pain:

  • Persistent aching
  • Sharp pain
  • A burning or tingling sensation
  • Tenderness or sensitivity to slight pressure
  • Pain that worsens when you hold your head in one place for a while
  • Muscle tightness and spasms
  • A decreased ability to move your head
  • Headaches

Common Causes

Because your neck is flexible and supports the weight of your head, it can be prone to injuries and conditions that result in pain and restricted motion. There could be many causes of neck pain, but most of the time, what we see in our practice is that the first bone in your neck is off. So, if that’s off, your overall health will be affected. Here are some of the most common causes of neck pain:

Muscle strains: Things like sitting for hours hunched over your computer often triggers muscle strains. Even reading in bed—particularly if you lack proper neck support—can strain neck muscles.

Worn joints: As you age, your neck joints have a tendency to deteriorate. Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage between your bones (vertebrae) to wear down. Your body then develops bone spurs that affect joint motion and cause pain.

Nerve compression: Herniated disks or bone spurs in the vertebrae of your neck can put pressure on the nerves that branch out from the spinal cord.

Injuries: A rear-end auto collision often results in a whiplash injury, which occurs when the head is jerked backward and then forward. As a result, the soft tissues of the neck become strained.

Neck pain is rarely a symptom of a more serious problem. However, if your neck pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands, or if you have shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm, it’s critical to seek medical care right away.

Dr. Thuraia Owais (Dr. O) will evaluate your neck and then adjust that first bone. In many cases, that resolves the issue. If not, then we start working on the lower part of the cervical spine.

After your adjustment, you may feel some soreness. This is a normal effect of restoring proper alignment—when your body has become accustomed to being in a certain position, changing that involves muscles and ligaments moving in new ways. The resulting soreness is the same as you’d expect after a workout at the gym, and can be relieved with ice.

Will I have to have my neck adjusted manually?

No, we can use gentle, instrument-assisted adjustments to relieve your neck pain.

Will an adjustment make my neck pain worse?

No, your body’s doing what it’s supposed to do, which is to heal. The chiropractic adjustment gives your body a chance to do that.

How long will my adjustment hold?

Upper cervical adjustments are unique in that they tend to hold for lengthy periods. This means that when you come in for a check-up, you often won’t need to get adjusted.

What other things can I do to relieve my neck pain?

We also recommend you adopt and maintain proper posture, avoid looking down at your smartphone or other digital device, sleep in a proper position, and set up your workstation to be ergonomically friendly.

Book an Appointment

If you have neck pain, we want to help you get the relief you need. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Neck Pain Relief Mandarin, Jacksonville FL | (904) 683-4476