Neck Pain and Torticollis

Do you have neck pain? Neck stiffness? Wake up and can't move your neck? 

All of the chiropractors at Drummond Chiropractic are excellent with neck and back pain relief. If you have NECK pain, no need to wait. Call us or Click Here to schedule an appointment. With being a group practice, one of our doctors will be available for you within a day, if not today.

We will get to the root cause of your neck pain, so when we treat it, it will not only feel better but be less likely to return. 
That is the Drummond Difference. We are known for our results:

Especially if you have a pinched nerve (pain running down your arm, numbness in your arms or hands or any weakness), don't wait! Waiting could result in permanent nerve damage! Again, with multiple experienced chiropractors on staff, we are likely to be able to get you an appointment immediately. Click Here to schedule with us.  We are here to help you on your journey back to health.

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Looking for tips for neck stiffness and pain, check out the Videos Below:

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Are you taking pain pills for your neck pain? STOP! Pain pills do not fix the problem, but mask it, and are harmful to your health. Talk to your chiropractor to see if a TENs Unit can help. Watch the following to see how to use a TENs Unit for Pain

Do you have Cervical Disc Disease? Then talk to your chiropractor about using a Saunders Cervical Traction Unit.

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Again, all of the chiropractors at Drummond Chiropractic are excellent with Neck and Back pain relief. If you have ANY pain, no need to wait. Call us and one of us should be able to see you today!

To learn more about what we do for neck pain, check out Dr. Karin's book "Combat Neck Pain".

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Once we determine the cause of your neck pain, we will treat you the same day if warranted, e-mail you a report of findings (ROF). This ROF will explain your condition, give you home advice on what to avoid, list your stretches and exercises prescribed during your visit, additional advice (i.e. to heat or ice), treatment modalities we will use, goals and plan of action to get you well in as few visits as possible. 

For an example of what our ROF looks like, check out:

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Excerpts from Dr. Karin's Book:

Combat Neck Pain Book

BEFORE I REVEAL how to relieve your neck pain, I must first inform you when it is imperative to seek medical attention. It would be irresponsible of me to say you could self-treat when, in fact, your neck pain could be a symptom of an underlying disease that needs medical treatment, if not immediate care. If you have a new type of neck pain; if the frequency is increasing; or if it is more intense than usual, resulting in numbness in your arm, cognitive changes, fever or any other concerning symptoms, seek immediate medical attention! It could be a sign of a more serious condition.   Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of these symptoms:   

 1.     Neck pain with radiation down your left arm with chest pain. This can be a sign of a heart attack. 

 2.     Neck stiffness with a fever. This could be due to infection (for example, meningitis). I had a friend who woke up with a stiff neck on a Saturday, and it progressively worsened over a few days. He saw a medical doctor on a Thursday. The doctor prescribed muscle relaxers and pain relievers and sent him home. The next day, a friend took him to the E.R. because he appeared to be having a stroke (he was losing muscle control in his arms and legs). The E.R. doctors gave him a blood thinner. He immediately turned for the worse, and his heart stopped. Thankfully, they were able to revive him. Soon after, the results of the blood work and scans came in. The doctors quickly realized that he had a severe infection in vertebrae in his neck. They had to remove pieces of bone from his neck to release the pressure on his spinal cord and give him mega doses of antibiotics intravenously. He was lucky to survive, let alone regain control of his arms and legs (despite the injury to his spinal cord). Any further delay of medical intervention would have resulted in death. 

 3.     Neck pain that persists more than four to six weeks (preferably you seek a healthcare provider’s advice within days if not hours, depending on the circumstances). 

 4.     Neck pain after injury, trauma, or an accident. If this occurs, seek immediate medical attention. You may need an X-ray, CT, or MRI to rule out bone fractures or a disc herniation. It does not take a high-velocity impact to result in internal bleeding or brain injury. If you have been in a motor vehicle collision, check out my book Whiplash to Wellness. 

 5.     Severe pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness down the arm. These symptoms can be a sign of a disc herniation in your neck. Disc herniations can be treated with chiropractic manipulation and mechanical traction, but if the herniation is grossly impinging the nerve, you may need a more immediate release of pressure on the nerve, which requires surgery. Always get more than one opinion from at least two types of health practitioners. If you ask a surgeon how to treat a disc herniation, you are more likely to hear that you need surgery. If you ask a chiropractor, you are more likely to hear you don’t need surgery. 

Every year, I have dozens of patients who have been told they needed surgery, and after seeing me, they were able to avoid surgery. If you can get well without surgery, you are better off in the long run; once you have one surgery on the neck, you usually need more surgeries over time. Surgeries to the neck change the functionality of the cervical spine, leading to increased stressors to the bones above and below the surgical site. As a result, they degenerate faster, leading to another surgery. However, sometimes a condition is severe enough that the disc herniation risks the health of the nerves (which don’t heal well), so surgery is imperative.   If you have any concerns about your neck pain, ask a professional’s advice. You may waste a bit of time and money if no serious issues are found, but the cost of ignoring your symptoms may be far worse because it could lead to an early death.   If you suffer from neck pain and know you don’t have an underlying health condition, seek the advice of a chiropractor. In my biased opinion, chiropractors are the best health practitioners to treat neck pain because they have the best tools. Plus, if they tell you need surgery, it is more likely you do need surgery because most chiropractors have the tools, training and the wherewithal to help people get well without surgery. They look at more than just your neck because your pain may be a symptom of other problems.  I will discuss how other silent conditions can be the cause of your neck pain in later chapters. You can find out more about chiropractors and what they do at the end of most of my books...

So… What Causes Neck Pain?


You don’t have to be in a crash to experience neck pain. Consider this partial list of causes:

·      Poor posture while sitting, standing, or sleeping

·      A worn-out mattress

·      An unsupportive pillow

·      Poor work ergonomics

·      Repetitive stressors

·      Stress (chronic, sustained muscle contraction)

·      Injury

·      Disease


Basically, anything that strains and compresses the neck can lead to neck pain.


Before we look at the different causes of neck pain in detail and what to do about it (specific stretches, strengthening exercises, nutritional advice, etc.), I urge you to seek the advice of a healthcare provider before trying anything I recommend.

Chapter 4

HOLDING YOURSELF FOR ANY LENGTH of time in an abnormal unhealthy position will negatively affect the health of your spine, cause neck strain, and may also result in headaches.   Bad Posture Can Trigger Neck Pain, Headaches, Arm Pain, and Hand Numbness   Your head is like a bowling ball sitting on a golf tee. If your head weren’t permanently attached, it would fall off if not balanced on top of the neck. Similarly, if your head isn’t centered on your body’s plumb line (i.e., the spine), your neck muscles have to strain to hold it up. This can lead to tension headaches.   What causes your head not to be centered on the spine? Bad posture. Bad posture occurs when your head isn’t properly aligned over your spine and hips when you walk or sit. Slouching is a big contributor to bad posture.

Maintaining good posture is not limited to just sitting and standing. Holding items (even small ones) like smartphones, tablets, or laptops at chest level or in your lap causes you to look down for extended periods of time. Slouching strains not only your neck, but your spine, shoulders, wrists, and more. 

If you find yourself standing or sitting for a prolonged period of time, keep your spine in as neutral a position as possible. When using your smartphone, hold it such that your neck remains neutral (hold it higher than your shoulder). When working on your laptop, do not put it on your lap because this encourages poor posture.

To combat chronic strain, which can lead to neck pain, move around as often as possible. It is important to move something every twenty minutes, no matter how proper your posture is. Movement gets the blood flowing, drains the lymph system, and breaks the cycle of extended muscle tension (a trigger for neck pain, back pain, headaches, and more).

To learn more about the negative effects of sitting and slouching, check out my books Top Seven Ways to Combat the Effects of Sitting: The Silent Killer and Combat Slouching. 

Achieving Good Posture and Work Ergonomics

Check your posture every hour (if not more frequently). I advise patients to do this by standing with their back to the wall, with their heels, buttocks, shoulders, and back of head touching the wall. This helps verify that their ears and shoulders are aligned with the plumb line.

People who are chronic slouchers often find this posture check difficult to do. If you don’t make good posture a habit, then you lose the ability to sit and stand up straight. As a result, your health and appearance suffer; you will develop aches and pains, and you will have a hunched back with forward rolling shoulders.

The good news is that if you practice good posture often, you will regain your ability to sit and stand up straight. (The older you are, the longer it takes, but it is still doable.) I can’t tell you how many bent-over people who come to my office are able to improve over time.

To learn more about how to improve your posture, check out my book, Combat Slouching.

The following is advisable for both seated and standing workstations:


1.     Keep your chin tucked in and head back so your ears are over your shoulders. Jutting your head forward causes your chin to tilt up so you can see what is in front of you. This posture compresses the parts in the back of your neck, including the discs between your cervical vertebrae and the nerve rootlets that run down your arms to your fingers; it also strains your posterior neck muscles. The farther your ears are in front of your plumb line (the center point of gravity), the more compression you cause. A severe slouch will compromise your whole spinal cord. Any type of pressure on your spinal cord is not good.

2.     Position your monitor properly. Your eyes are “lazy” and like to tilt down about 15 degrees. If your monitor is too high, you will end up tilting your chin up so your eyes can tilt down. This too compresses the back of your neck. To combat this compression, bring your monitor to a level such that when you tilt it back 15 degrees, your eyes naturally look at the middle of the screen at a 90-degree angle. A good computer screen should be able to tilt and swivel. The surface should be reflection free.

3.     Have a window to look out of periodically to exercise your eyes. If you do not have a window in your work space, find a distant object and focus on it for a few seconds every time you leave your workstation.

5.     Place your keyboard and mouse at the proper height. Your mouse and keyboard need to be at a height that allows your lower arms to be parallel to the floor. A good chair will have an adjustable height so you can make the adjustments needed for correct arm and leg positions. A good standing desk will have an adjustable height to allow for correct arm positioning.

6.     Keep your upper arm vertical with your chest open and shoulders relaxed in a back and down position.

7.     If you are standing, make sure your knees are soft and your feet are hip width apart. Wear comfortable shoes, and stand on a thick rubber mat.

The following are specific to seated workstations: 

1.     Place your seat at a level that allows your knees to bend at 90 degrees and your feet to rest flat on the floor. For those who wear high heels, this is a good time to take them off. (No one will see your feet under your desk.) This is a good time to stretch your toes to help prevent bunions.

2.     Make sure your lower back is supported by a lumbar support pad in the chair or a lumbar support pillow. A good chair will allow you to adjust the height and angle of the backrest to provide you with the proper support specific to your needs. If you keep a wallet or other items in your back pocket(s), make sure to take them out because they will cause a pelvic tilt that can throw your whole spine out of alignment over time.

3.     Use a chair with a solid base (a five-star base if it is mobile with wheels).

4.     Make sure the floor is level and flat. I have had patients who had chronic back pain, only to find out their treatments were not lasting because the floor at their workstation was not level. They were holding their rolling chair in place all day. This strained their back muscles and constantly pulled their back out of alignment.

5.     Do not sit cross-legged because it twists the pelvis, causing additional strain to the spine. It also compresses venous blood return, which potentially increases your risk of developing varicose veins.

6.     Give your thighs room. Your desktop should be thin for maximum thigh space, with the keyboard in front of you.

7.     Get up—preferably once an hour—and move around to get your blood flowing. Even if you just perform a mini-exercise, such as marching in place or doing some squats, any movement is good. It keeps you mentally fresher throughout the day, allowing you to work more effectively. This newfound efficiency will easily compensate for the time it takes to perform such mini-exercises.

A silent cause of neck pain:

IT'S AMAZING HOW the anatomy at one end of your body can affect the anatomy at the opposite end of your body as well as many of the body parts in between.

If you have one leg that is longer than the other, be it from growing unevenly or the result of trauma (like a fractured leg that didn’t heal correctly), you may be experiencing neck pain as a result.

Leg Length Inequality (LLI)

 A longer leg does not cause leg pain, but it can cause neck pain.  It’s like a domino effect.  Standing on uneven legs causes a tilt in your pelvis (Figure below). 

LLI causing neck pain

For example, if your right lower right leg is shorter than your left, your right pelvis tilts down. This causes your spine to curve to the right, and then your neck has to compensate for the spine’s abnormal curvature in order to hold your head and eyes level. This creates neck pain.

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Collapsed Arches


If you have equal leg lengths, yet your pelvis tilts, the tilt could be caused by one foot collapsing more than the other when you walk. The foot that collapses more will cause the pelvis to tilt just like a short lower leg would.

crooked man

The figure above shows the left arch dropping, causing the left knee to rotate, the pelvis to tilt, and the right shoulder to drop. Now the neck has to strain to keep the eyes level with the horizon by curving unnaturally.

Your pelvis can also be misaligned if your heel bone is tilted. If this is the case, you may need a wedge to help prevent your heel from tilting.

The Solution

  The solution for collapsed arches is orthotics. An orthotic is a supportive device you wear in your shoes to provide additional support for your feet


If relief of your neck treatments are not lasting, your feet may be the root source of your pain. This is why we offer free foot scans to our patients. We want all our patients to feel free to scan their feet. Your feet are the foundation on which you stand. If your foundation is uneven, your whole body suffers.

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to see if your feet are the cause of your neck pain!

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Best Sleep Positions


The best way to sleep is on your back with contoured support.  If you don’t have the Innate Sleep System, you will need a contoured pillow to support your neck and a wedge pillow under your knees (refer back to Figure 6-3). When your knees are bent, your back flattens out and is better supported by the mattress.


Not only is sleeping on your back better for your neck and back, but it also keeps your face looking younger because it keeps you from rubbing the skin on your face against a pillowcase all night.

  If you are a side sleeper, sleep with a thick neck pillow so your neck remains in a neutral position.

Side sleeping pillow

If you sleep with your head tilted to one side, you will compress the nerves on the down side and pull on the nerves on the up side. The compression or stretching of the nerves can lead to neck pain and possibly headaches.


When sleeping on your side, you should also sleep with a pillow between your knees to keep your hips and thighs parallel to one another (helping to keep the lower half of your body in a neutral position). Otherwise, you may strain your pelvis, tailbone, hips, and/or knees as you sleep.


Choosing the Perfect Pillow


I personally use the Pillo-Pedic pillow from Foot Levelers. Because it has a soft and hard side with thick and thin edges, the Pillo-Pedic pillow is like having four pillows in one. The design makes the Pillo-Pedic great for both side and back sleepers.


If you are a side sleeper, lay the Pillo-Pedic with the hard foam side up. When lying on your side, you don’t want or need your head to sink into the pillow like you do when you are sleeping on your back.

If you sleep on your back, lay it with the soft side up. This allows your head to sink into the pillow and your neck to be supported by the firmer foam edge. 

The Pillo-Pedic has a thick and thin firm foam edge. Whether you lie on your back or side, place the thick edge against your shoulders if you have a long neck; use the thin edge if you have a short neck.

Foot Levelers has other pillows for your specific needs. They even offer pillows custom made from four measurements done by your healthcare provider.

If you wake up with neck pain, a headache, or numbness in your arms or hands, you are pinching your nerves while you sleep, and you need to change something. If you wake up with more neck pain than before you went to sleep, you probably need a new or better mattress and/or pillow. Talk to your healthcare providers and mattress stores to find someone who can help you with your specific needs.

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