Chronic Neck Pain

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Medi-ssage Health

Medical Massage located in Tempe, AZ

When you have chronic neck pain, even sleeping can become uncomfortable. At Medi-ssage Health in Tempe, Arizona, medical massage provider Arricka Watkins, LMT, MMP, relieves muscle strain and nerve compression using targeted massage techniques and CBD Clinics™ Level 5 ointment. Substantial relief from pain is possible without surgery or medication. To learn more about chronic neck pain, call Medi-ssage Health or schedule an appointment online today.

Chronic Neck Pain Q&A

What causes chronic neck pain?

The primary responsibility of the neck is to support and provide motion for your head, leaving it vulnerable to damage and wear and tear. Chronic neck pain can develop as the result of many types of injuries and degenerative conditions, including:

Muscle strain

Strains in the soft tissues in your neck, including your muscles, tendons, and ligaments, can cause lasting pain and a reduced range of motion.

Nerve compression

When nerves become compressed, they can radiate pain through your neck, shoulders, and back. Nerve compression occurs for many reasons, but the most common is a herniated disc. 

The discs in your spine sit in between each vertebra. When the hard outer shell cracks, the soft center can push through and irritate your surrounding nerves.

Degenerative disc

The discs in your spine are particularly susceptible to wear and tear. Hunching over a computer all day, poor posture, and osteoporosis (porous bones) can all increase your risk of degenerative discs in the neck.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis that develops when the cartilage surrounding your joints degrades. That leads to friction between connecting bones, causing pain and stiffness in the neck.

Injury

Traumatic injuries, such as whiplash from a car accident, can damage the soft tissues in the neck to the point that they cause chronic neck pain.

What are the symptoms of chronic neck pain?

The symptoms of chronic neck pain can range from mild to severe, depending on the cause and progression of your condition. The most common symptoms of chronic neck pain include:

  • Reduced range of motion in the head
  • Tight muscles
  • Stiffness
  • Dull ache
  • Sharp pain
  • Pain that worsens when you’re driving or sitting at a desk
  • Muscle spasms
  • Headaches

Without treatment, chronic neck pain tends to worsen over time. If you have neck pain lasting for more than 3-6 months, consult with the medical massage providers at Medi-ssage Health to discuss your nonsurgical, medication-free treatment options.

What are the treatments for chronic neck pain?

At Medi-ssage Health, the medical massage providers offer myofascial release and neck release techniques to relieve chronic neck pain. These targeted massage techniques aim to relieve tension in the soft tissues of the neck while alleviating pressure from compressed nerves.

Along with medical massage techniques, the practice uses CBD Clinics Level 5 ointment to deliver immediate pain relief without medication.

To learn more about chronic neck pain, call Medi-ssage Health or schedule an appointment online today.