Neck pain, upper back pain and headaches

Overview of Neck Pain and Headaches

Although neck pain can be caused by injury, such as ‘whiplash’ injuries, it is often caused by the cumulative effect of improper sitting posture, reading in bed, poor work habits, stomach sleeping, previous injury and falls, stress, lack of proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors. All of these factors cause mis-alignments in the spine, muscular adhesion and eventually pain. In fact, neck pain is one of the single most common causes of disability worldwide.  Neck pain can have a wide range of causes and symptoms, from localized pain to pain that radiates down the back, shoulders, or hands and fingers. Headache and migraine symptoms may be unique each episode but still cause reduced focus at work and performance.  Headaches affect a large portion of the population, with 90% of those headaches being of the tension type category. At least 20% of the population suffer from tension type headaches on a regular basis. These headaches are often felt behind the eyes, over the top of the head, and at the base of the skull. The question to ask yourself is what is the cause of tension headaches and what can you do about them? 

Symptoms of Neck Pain

  • Tenderness, Pain, and/or Stiffness in the Neck
  • Upper Back Pain or Aching
  • Radiating Pain, Numbness, Tingling or Weakness Into One or Both Arms
  • Headaches 

Symptoms of Headaches: 

  • Head Pain 
  • Pressure around the head or forehead 
  • Tenderness around the forehead or scalp

Commonly Treated Conditions in Our Office:

  • Sprain/Strains
  • Cervical Disc Injuries
  • Overuse
  • Adhesion
  • Sports Related Injuries
  • Arthritis 
  • Poor Posture
  • Tension Headaches and Migraines           

Treatment of Neck Pain and Headaches

Neck pain is not always easy to fix!  Most cases have developed over time and require more than just a “quick fix.” Here at Discover Soft Tissue and Spine we help patients who are suffering from neck pain and headaches without the use of anti-inflammatory medicine, muscle relaxers or pain killing drugs. We use complete functional movement screenings of the neck so we can narrow down the exact problem and tissue(s) that need to be fixed. We utilize  manual soft tissue treatments, spinal manipulation, exercises and stretches to work on relieving pain and correcting complications associated with neck and upper back pain.  This neck and upper back pain often contribute to headaches.  A better diagnosis in our office, means better treatment, and faster results for you! 


If you are suffering from neck pain give us a call today at 616-956-1112 to set up an appointment or click here request an appointment!

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Neck pain treatment to the upper cervical muscles

Neck pain treatment to the medial cervical erectors

Nuchal Ligament treatment for neck pain

 Treatment to the accessory nerve in the upper back to help with neck pain, upper back pain, trapezius tightness, headaches.  Utilizing Manual Adhesion Release ®️ (MAR)