The Cervical Spine

The cervical spine is a complex structure in the neck made up of seven vertebrae. The cervical vertebrae are designed for flexibility and movement supported by a number of muscles, tendons and ligaments. It connects the base of the skull with the thoracic spine (the upper back) and protects the spinal cord that sends messages to and from the brain to the rest of the body. The cervical spine has the crucial role of supporting the head and allows for the complex movement of the head and neck, including forward, backward and side to side. But this extensive flexibility leaves the neck highly susceptible to injury from daily stress and strain and as a result, neck pain is a highly prevalent condition in adults throughout the UK.


Types of Neck Pain (or Cervical Pain)

Most people who suffer with pain in their neck experience a sudden onset of pain (acute) that can vary from mild discomfort to pain that is agonising and debilitating. Mechanical neck pain (or nonspecific neck pain) is the most common type whereby the pain experienced is not caused by a serious underlying problem, such as trapped or compressed nerves. Whilst the exact cause of mechanical neck pain is not always clear, in most cases it occurs when the muscles, joints and ligaments in the cervical spine are strained or injured.

Acute & Chronic Neck Pain

Acute neck pain can cause intense pain, tenderness and a locked sensation that makes it very difficult to move the neck. This is often caused by a muscle strain or soft tissue strain and it will usually heal over a short period of time. Many people suffer with repeated episodes of neck pain, whether mild or severe, and find that it can ‘flare up’ at different times. When an episode of neck pain lasts longer than 12 weeks, it is defined as chronic neck pain.


The experienced chiropractors here at Coventry Chiropractic Clinic have the expertise to find the cause of pain in the spine. Make an appointment with our team today and we’ll give you a thorough assessment to see how we can help to relieve the pain in your neck. Call us directly on 02476 452 357

The Causes and Symptoms

Acute neck pain is experienced by people of all ages and is often attributed to daily routines and activities. Poor posture is a major factor in causing muscles in the neck and shoulders to tighten and stiffen. Sitting in awkward positions, driving long distances or working at a desk for long hours of the day can all cause a strain on the soft tissue of the neck and contribute to ongoing cervical pain. Wear and tear with age, sports injuries, nerve damage, whiplash and other specific types of trauma can also cause persistent neck pain and stiffness.

Mechanical neck pain is commonly described as a dull aching or stiffness that becomes more severe with the movement of the head and neck. Pain can be felt in the base of the skull or down one or both sides of the neck. Sharp shooting pains, soreness and tenderness in the muscles are common symptoms when the pain is localised to one area of the neck. But many people suffering with neck pain also experience radiating pain whereby the pain moves into the head, shoulder blades, upper back and arms. This may lead to other symptoms such as headaches, pins and needles, numbness and tingling.  


Our holistic and natural approach to cervical pain focuses on finding the root cause of your suffering and treating more than just the immediate symptoms you’re experiencing. We’re passionate about supporting the process of healing naturally through non-invasive and medication free treatment so that every patient has the best chance of experiencing long lasting relief. Find out more about our holistic chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain Coventry

If you’re suffering with mechanical neck pain, our chiropractic care can help to relieve the symptoms you’re experiencing and restore function and mobility to the head and neck. Our fully qualified team of chiropractors in Coventry have the experience and expertise to assess your neck and devise an effective treatment plan that suits you. Call us today on 02476 452 357 to book your appointment. Or complete our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


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