Bedford Chiropractor
Bedford Chiropractor
Facebook   Twitter
“Two months of physio, massage and osteopathy did very little to help me with the pain from my injury. Just one session with Dr. Bodnar and the pain was greatly reduced.”

Natalie, Dartmouth.

A vital connection between our head the rest of our body, the neck protects nerves that channel information from our brain to the rest of our body. Discomfort and pain in the neck makes working, recreation and getting a good night's sleep a problem.

There are several tissues in the neck that can cause pain. Muscles, nerves, joints and discs are the most common.

Joint “sprain”

Between each vertebrae there are small joints that help guide motion – excess stress/strain on these small joints can result in a joint “sprain” or irritation.

• pain can be sharp or dull, locally or referred
• often restricts range of motion (sometimes in very specific movements)
• frequently described as a “kink” or “pinch”
• very common injury

Muscle or myofascial irritation

The head and neck are supported by an intricate web of muscles that provide mobility, stability and feedback on positioning. Prolonged periods or excess strain can injure the muscle fibres and lead to pain, tension or discomfort.

• can range from stiffness to severe pain. Either aching or sharp pain
• can restrict mobility
• very common, often happens in concert with joint injury

Disc injury

Often a problem in the lower back, the neck can also have disc issues. Ranging from a minor sprain to a severe herniation.

• can “pinch” or compress a nerve causing arm symptoms including numbness, pain or weaknesses into the arm or shoulder
• will often restrict neck mobility

Nerve “pinch”

Often pain referring down the arm is blamed on a “pinched nerve”. Nerves can be “pinched” in the neck from a disc injury, with osteoarthritis and degenerative changes or from an injury.

• typical nerve pain is severe and sharp/stabbing
• can cause numbness, total loss of feeling or weaknesses
• true nerve compression is not very common. More often pain referral stems from muscle, joint and disc problems – even if  
  the nerve is not being directly affected

Depending on the specific area and tissue in the neck that is injured pain can radiate into the upper back, the arms, the chest or up into the head.


Treatment always needs to start with an appropriate diagnosis.

Treatments should focus on the underlying cause of the pain - both the tissue causing the pain as well as the factors that are triggering the problem.  A combination of treatments, such as, massage, soft tissue treatments (Graston), manipulation/mobilization and/or home stretching exercises can be effective ways to reduce the tissue irritation.

We identify any aggravating factors and help you to manage any issues through a program of self-care and prevention.

For a clinical assessment of your lower back pain, the triggers and best treatment options, please contact Bedford Chiropractic for an appointment.

See also:



Jaw Problems



Headaches    Whiplash   Jaw Problems

                               Neck Pain





                           Jaw Problems