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5 Common Causes of Neck Pain

Neck Pain, Neck Ache, Neck Pain Relief, Neck Ache,  Calgary Upper CervicalDoes your neck pain interfere with your daily life? You’re not alone. Neck pain is one of the most common causes of disability. Sometimes the pain comes on out of nowhere, and finding the cause may seem difficult.

Five common causes of neck pain include

  1. Muscle strain or ligament sprain
  2. Muscle spasm
  3. Disc herniation
  4. Osteoarthritis
  5. Compression fracture

Traditional treatment of neck pain includes medication for pain, possible heat and/or cold packs, and potential general neck manipulation. While these approaches may provide relief in the short-term, they fail to address a potential root cause of neck pain.

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How Is My Neck Pain Related to My Spine?

Your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord carries signals to and from your brain. When the top bone in your neck (atlas) is misaligned, this can create pressure within your spinal cord at the base of your neck. This can affect signals going to and from your brainstem, potentially leading to neck pain.

At Natural Way Chiropractic, we perform upper cervical chiropractic, a specific chiropractic approach that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Through specific realignment of the atlas, pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of neck pain.

Thornhill reported a case of a 28-year-old woman who was experiencing severe neck pain. After just one correction, she noticed improvement in her sleep. Within 5 visits, improvements were noted in the muscle tone.


  1.  Pullman-Mooar S. Evaluation of Neck and Back Pain [Internet]. Merck Manuals Professional Edition. 2013 [cited 28 March 2016]. Available from:
  2. Thornhill J. Improvement in a Female with Multiple Sclerosis Undergoing Chiropractic Care Utilizing Toggle Recoil Technique: A Case Repo. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res [Internet]. 2011 [cited 28 March 2016];2011(October):60-65. Available from:

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