Neck Pain Causes, Symptoms And Natural Treatments in Tallahassee

Are you living with a stiff or painful neck?  Probably, wondering if it will go away on its own.  Many people try getting a new pillow or adjusting their computer monitors.  Many neck pains or stiffness come from a single occasion where you may have turned your head around fast or experience a whiplash injury like in a car wreck or sports injury.  While many people unknowingly irritate their neck by the position of how they sit, sleep or relax.

Causes of Neck Pain or Stiffness

  • Subtle muscle strains in the shoulders and neck area; usually due to poor postures affecting the nerves in the cervical spine (common activities like reading in bed, talk on phone, sitting on a hard floor, exercising and especially sleeping in an abnormal position) (1)

  • a history of cervical issues; things like herniated disc/bulging discs (commonly C4-C6), osteoarthritis/spinal stenosis, cervical degenerative disc disease, and bone spurs are common.

  • a quick repetitive motion of the cervical spine; things like lifting heavy furniture, falling off a ladder, pushing heavy weights in the weight room or when driving and whipping your neck fast to see oncoming traffic. (2)

Neck Pain Symptoms 

Neck pain symptoms typically clear up in several days but it can last much longer, into the weeks and months.  Many people get some improvement then stress at work or a bad night's sleep makes it worse again. (3)

  • shoulder pain
  • difficulty falling asleep
  • trouble turning the head while driving a car (most people have one head rotation that is harder than the other)
  • arm pain
  • loss of cervical range of motion when tucking the chin to the chest or turning head
  • soreness, tightness or pain in the neck
  • hand numbness or tingling
  • tension headaches

Natural Neck Pain Treatments

Odds are, your neck pain or stiffness can be eased without drugs or surgeries.  A general consideration, it's wise to seek health care assistance, if the neck pain symptoms do not improve within a week.  It real important to prevent an annoying neck ache or pain from becoming a long term chronic pain.  Recent scientific evidence suggests chiropractic care is a more effective treatment for chronic neck pains than medications. (4)

Dr. Eric Pragle helps people find neck pain relief by carefully examining your neck range of motion, cervical spine joints and the surrounding muscle tone and tissue quality.  Then he recommends a specific treatment plan to meet your individual needs.  He also recommends posture exercises and gentle neck stretches to assist in the healing process. Dr. Eric, a gentle chiropractor, offers effective treatments for neck pain with the AO Treatment plus medical massage therapy.  Medical Massage Therapy is effective for releasing trigger points or adhesions in the neck and shoulders while promoting healing and relaxation.  Massage Therapy is a great way to improve the range of motion for the neck.