At some point in our lives, almost everyone suffers from pain in their neck, across their shoulders, or down into the shoulder blades.

I know I have.

Others are troubled with headaches, which can sometimes be attributed to problems in the neck.

 

Neck Anatomy

The main function of the neck is to support the head and allow it to move in many directions. It also protects the spinal cord and nerves that extend to the arms and hands.

To allow a wide range of movement the neck is very flexible, which exposes it to an equally wide range of stress and strain.

 

Mechanical Neck Pain

Most neck pain is mechanical in nature and occurs when the ligaments and other soft tissue around the neck are overstretched for a period of time (McKenzie et al. 2006). This results in pain and if the stress or strain is not removed or changed, damage to the surrounding soft tissue can occur which results in pain, even at rest.

As healing begins to occur, pain may only occur when the tissue is stretched in the wrong direction, however, if the stress or strain which originally injured the neck is not removed pain will persist and healing will be delayed, resulting in persistent neck pain that doesn’t seem to go away or continues to come back.

Put simply, that’s how people end up with a pain in their neck

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