What Causes Neck Pain?
Your neck, also known as the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. Your cervical spine supports the full weight of your head, which weighs about 5 kg on average. As the neck is very flexible and can move your head in virtually every direction, it is highly susceptible to strains, pain and injury.
In Singapore, neck pain is very common among Singaporeans due to our sedentary and technology-heavy lifestyle. Neck pain or stiffness is commonly caused by daily use of electronic devices, Whiplash from accidents, bad posture or ergonomics at work, as well as any emotional and chemical stresses (e.g. usage of painkillers and muscle relaxants).
Neck pain can range from very mild discomfort to severe, burning and disabling pain.
Sometimes, neck pain isn’t just local. Discomfort from causes such as pinched nerves can radiate throughout the shoulder and down the arm. Chiropractors can help relieve these pains by repositioning the bones, relaxing the muscles, and reducing the pressure on nerves.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
Neck pain symptoms vary depending on the severity of the condition you may have and these can include:
Neck stiffness, difficult in turning your head side to side
Loss of range of motion in the neck
Tingling or numbing in the arms
Dizziness and Blackouts
Pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms
How can Chiropractic help?
Diagnose the right condition for a personalised treatment
Our chiropractors will assess the cause and severity of the neck pain with a physical assessment during the consultation. In addition to the physical exam, we'll look into your past medical history and any recent X-ray results available to pinpoint the cause of the pain. Determining the source of the pain is essential to recommend the right method of treatment and rehabilitation. Treatment will be customised to your condition and these options can include:
To decrease pain and improve range of motion in your neck.
Increases blood flow and reduces inflammation while promoting healing in neck strains.
Active Release Therapy
Usually applied for patients with chronic pain issues to treat the soft injury tissue by breaking the adhesions in muscles.
Trigger Point Therapy
Using an isolated finger pressure to “deactivate” the trigger points and alleviate the pain.
Relaxes contracted muscles and releases the fascia that covers the muscle.
Electrotherapy (TENS machine)
TENS help to block the transmission of pain signals along the nerves and also release the body’s natural painkillers, endorphins.
Providing long-term care as your healthcare partner
Whole-Body Treatment Approach
Our chiropractors adopt a whole-body treatment approach to evaluate your pain areas as a whole because other regions of the neck (cervical), mid back (thoracic) and low back (lumbar) may be affected as well. We aim to treat the “whole person,” not just to treat your specific symptoms.
Advice on Posture, Exercises, Diet and Nutrition
In order to treat the root of chronic pains that are recurring over time, our chiropractors seek to understand your lifestyle and work demands so as to provide personalised patient-centric care and advice over a longer time horizon as your healthcare partner.