Common Causes of Neck Pain

Common Causes of Neck Pain

Pain in your neck is a real… what’s that expression again? Well, it’s a real nuisance anyway! Seriously though, because you have such a heavy structure held up by your neck (i.e. your head), and you only have some vertebrae connecting your head to your torso, it shouldn’t be too surprising that neck pain is common. You do have discs between each vertebrae to provide some cushioning between vertebrae, but even these can become a little herniated and contribute some pain. Luckily disc herniation in neck vertebrae is less common than the tension-type cause of neck pain listed below.

And there are many ways we can relieve that tension at Yellow Gazebo, including massage, chiropractic, physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture and more. But what really causes neck pain? Here is a list of a few more common causes of neck pain that you may have as yet been unaware:

1. Muscle Strain/Sprain. This one seems the most obvious - if you fall asleep on a plane trip or leave a window open at night, you can wake up with neck pain due to muscle tension and/or tearing. Whiplash from a car accident could be included in this category as well.

2. Posture. Probably even more common, neck pain from poor posture is actually caused by the muscles in the back of your neck fighting to hold your head up properly. They have trouble doing their job when we spend so much time looking down (e.g. at our phones), and not doing the right exercises to strengthen our upper back muscles. You may need manual therapy from one of the professions listed above to relieve neck pain from poor posture, and the right posture exercises will help keep the pain from coming back.

3. Arthritis. We pretty much all get osteoarthritis (OA) at some point in our lives, so don’t be scared to learn that your neck pain might be caused by a little OA. Relief can be had with some manual therapy, and the right exercise goes a long way with this type of neck pain too. In fact, it’s rather surprising that more medical doctors don’t recommend manual therapy and exercise more often for neck pain caused by OA - it’s really a great way to relieve the pain, and keep it from coming back as well.

If you have neck pain and would like to know more about how we can help, please call us at 416-909-2334 to book an appointment or to set up a consultation with me. As the owner and clinic director at Yellow Gazebo, I can help guide you to the right therapy to help with your concerns! You can also email the clinic at, and book online using the link below.

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