Neck Pain

Neck pain isn't just inconvenient. It can put you at risk of further injury!

We offer chiropractic treatment to solve your neck pain to anyone in Edmonton, Alberta. 

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Understanding and Managing Neck Pain and Headaches

Neck pain and Headaches are a very common issue in Edmonton. Understanding the causes and using prevention strategies will go a long way to stopping them.

Finally feel relaxed

Neck pain, stiffness and tightness can make it impossible to feel relaxed. It's time to say goodbye to all that tension!

Check your blind spots

Neck pain and headaches can make it difficulty to turn your head and check your blind spots driving.

Get a good night's sleep

Is neck pain affecting your sleep? People keep telling you "wow, you look tired!"? That ends today!

Common Causes of Neck Pain 

Here are some of the most common conditions we see in our office. Below we will discuss the following neck-related pain conditions.

1.Upper Crossed Syndrome

2. Headaches and Migraines

3. Disc Pain

4. Joint Pain

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Upper Crossed Syndrome Causing Neck Pain All Across Edmonton!

Upper Crossed Syndrome aka. "Quasimodo" aka. "Mom Posture", aka. "Text Neck" aka "poor posture" aka. "Slouching" is from a common muscle imbalance.

When the muscles in the front of your neck and middle of your upper back (between your shoulder blades) become lengthened and weak, and the muscles in your chest and upper neck shorten and become tight, you get upper crossed syndrome.

The symptoms of this problem include neck pain at the base of your neck and top of your shoulders. You can spot this problem from a mile away. The main physical causes of this condition are:

  • Desk job
  • Too much sitting
  • Driving long hours
  • Poor posture

If you are finding it near impossible to improve your posture, schedule an appointment today!

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Build Productive Habits To Stop Neck Pain

With the proper education (and actions), you can protect yourself from neck pain

Neck pain affects people of all ages, race, sex and occupations. One commonality for neck pain sufferers (especially chronic cases) is that they have poor posture sitting. Sometimes they sit all day long. This could be sitting at a desk, in a car or truck, or on the top of a small hill under a peach tree for some reason.

It gets worse when you combine this with a sedentary lifestyle. Poor sitting postures leads to a re-enforcement of what is called "Upper Crossed Syndrome". This is why it is crucial that you arrange your workstation (or peach tree) to facilitate a proper posture as best as possible.

The best way to combat this problem is to prevent it before it starts. An ouch of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right?

If possible, minimize sitting for long periods of time and take frequent work breaks to take short walks around the office to reset your posture. Even simply standing up and walking around your desk every 30 minutes can help!

If neck pain has already started, our chiropractors can help get you: 1) Get rid of your neck pain and 2) teach you proper form and posture to prevent the neck pain from happening again in the future.

When you become more mindful of the positions that cause your neck pain, you can take action to stop your neck from getting to the point of pain. Our chiropractors are also trained in soft tissue techniques that will be able to relax your tight muscles, restore motion and reduce your pain levels.

There are self care methods that can be used to stop this problem from getting to the point of pain. Our chiropractors will show you some of the best rehabilitative exercise. Often times this will help  reverse any damage already done and prevent a progression of this condition.

The good news?

A neck that feels how a neck is supposed to feel! Loose, limber, great mobility, and letting you enjoy your day.

Headaches and Migraines

Headaches come in many varieties, and affect nearly 80% of people

Headaches suck. The only question is what can you do about it?

The problem comes in when there are over 100 different types of headaches! So understanding the type of headache you have is vital. Is it a tension headache - which affects nearly 40% of people.

Or a cervicogenic headache? Affecting between 2-25% of individuals. 

Maybe you are one of the 10% who get migraines?

The different types of headaches cause pain in different regions of the head, and must be treated differently.

If you are finding it near impossible to get rid of your headaches, schedule an appointment today!

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The causes of headaches are many. Here are a few...

Since there are so many different types of headaches, as well as causes and symptoms, it is important to get a proper diagnosis so that you can better treat the cause. We will also need to take a look at your lifestyle habits. Often there are several contributing factors from lifestyle actives that contribute to neck pain and headaches.

For example, poor sleep hygiene, your sleeping habits, and dietary habits can make or break someone resolving their headaches, or continuing to suffer from chronic headaches. Also, failing to get an appropriate amount of exercise can negatively affect headache frequency as well. Luckily, we know those who get chronic headaches do very well with appropriate exercise habits!

A proper, healthy, balanced diet that is free of any substances that you may have a sensitivity to or may be a trigger for headaches is important for managing this condition as well. Posture and body habitus can be huge contributing factors and may be some of the simplest to diagnose and manage.

Treatment such as myofascial release, chiropractic adjustments coupled with posture analysis and correction can be a simple and effective way of managing headaches.

Neck Disc Pain

Disc Pain is due to damage and injury to the intervertebral discs.

Intervertebral discs are fibrous tissues that are found between each of the bones (vertebra) of the spine. They allow for movement to occur, and for you to bend, twist and turn your head. They help protect the vertebrae by helping dissipate the forces applied to the spine and allow for movement. The cervical discs are found between the bones in your neck.

Intervertebral discs consist of an outer layer called the annulus fibrosis. It is made of tough, fibrous connective tissue, which surrounds a gel-like center called the nucleus pulposus. The interesting thing about the disc is that in normal situations, only the outer third of the annulus fibrous is innervated by nerves.

This means that only the outer third of the disc contains pain and mechanical receptors that can send pain signals. So if there is irritation or structural damage to the intervertebral discs or if there is inflammation, we experience pain.

Cervical disc pain can arise from a variety of reasons. Both injury, age related changes such as arthritis can cause irritation to the disc.

The good news is that in most cases, this condition can be treated successfully! Our chiropractors can help you to  continue your active lifestyle!

  • Improving the mechanics of your thoracic spine and cervical spine with myofascial release, joint manipulation/adjustments, end range loading, appropriate exercises and stretches.
  • Reducing pain naturally - without pills, shots or surgery - with effective chiropractic care
  • Helping stop the shooting pains into your arms, chest and back, and stopping that pinched nerve

Neck pain from a disc injury can be excruciating. The good news is that because we see these injuries all the time, we are proficient and effective at helping eliminate the pain, and help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible

Joint Pain

Waking up with a kink in the neck, or dealing with arthritis pain is all too common.

Joint pain accounts for the majority of neck pain.

When you sleep in an awkward position for prolonged periods of time, it can cause your your joints to become inflamed, and a meniscoid extrapment - no that is not a spelling typo!

When this happens, the muscles that cross the joints start to spasm and seize.

Arthritis can also be a cause of neck pain, and make it challenging to turn your head from side to side, or up and down.

Similarly, when arthritis attacks your joints, the muscles that cross those joints also become irritaated, stiff, tight, and can cause spasm, leading to more pain.

If you are finding it near impossible to get rid of your neck pain, schedule an appointment today!

There are many symptoms of joint pain in your neck. Here are a few...

  • Neck pain, often described as dull or aching
  • Stiffness or difficulty moving the neck
  • Pain that worsens with certain movements or positions, such as turning the head or looking up or down
  • Headaches, often originating from the base of the skull
  • Muscle spasms in the neck and upper back

Several factors can contribute to the development of neck pain as a result of a joint injury. These include:

  • Sleeping in awkward positions
  • Arthritis - age related changes
  • Repetitive stress from poor posture or occupational activities
  • Diet & exercise habits
  • 'Text Neck"
  • injuries such as whiplash after a motor vehicle collision

At our chiropractic office, we offer a variety of therapies aimed at treating cervical spine facet syndrome and alleviating the associated pain and discomfort. These therapies are non-invasive and focus on restoring proper alignment, reducing inflammation, and improving the function of the cervical spine. Here are some of the key therapies we provide:

  • Chiropractic Adjustments: Chiropractic adjustments, also known as spinal manipulation, involve gentle, targeted movements of the spine to realign the vertebrae and reduce pressure on the facet joints. By restoring proper alignment, chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate pain and improve mobility in the neck.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy: Soft tissue therapy techniques such as massage, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy can help relax tight muscles, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation in the neck and upper back. These therapies can complement chiropractic adjustments by addressing muscular imbalances and promoting overall relaxation and healing.
  • Therapeutic Exercise: Specific exercises and stretches targeting the muscles and ligaments surrounding the cervical spine can help improve strength, flexibility, and stability in the neck. Our chiropractors can prescribe customized exercise programs tailored to each patient's needs to support long-term recovery and prevent future injury.
  • Posture Correction: Poor posture can contribute to the development of cervical spine facet syndrome by placing excess strain on the neck and spine. Our chiropractors can provide guidance on proper posture and ergonomic modifications to help patients maintain optimal alignment and reduce the risk of exacerbating their symptoms.
  • Lifestyle Modifications: Making lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, staying active, practicing stress management techniques, and avoiding activities that aggravate neck pain can play a crucial role in managing cervical spine facet syndrome and promoting overall spinal health.

By combining these therapies, our chiropractors aims to provide comprehensive care for individuals suffering from neck pain. Our goal is to address the underlying causes of pain and dysfunction in the neck, restore optimal spinal movement and function, and empower patients to actively participate in their recovery and long-term wellness. If you're experiencing neck pain, and would like some help to fix it.

Luckily, neck pain that is from the joint's is often where chiropractic therapies truly shine! 

Bottom line - if you are tired of struggling with neck pain, our chiropractors can help!