Neck Pain and Torticollis

Do you have neck pain? Neck stiffness? 

Wake up and can't move your neck? 


Looking for neck pain relief? Scroll down for stretches, exercises and other home remedies for neck pain relief. Before you try any new remedy, talk with your health care provider to verify it is appropriate for your specific condition. Hopefully that is one of our chiropractors here at Drummond Chiropractic.

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. 

We are here to help you on your journey back to health.

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Looking for home remedies for neck pain?


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Looking for tips for neck stiffness and pain?

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.  Feel free to call us here at Drummond Chiropractic, if you have any questions or concerns. Click below to learn about the signs and symptoms you need to seek immediate medical attention for:   

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Pain pills do not fix the problem, but mask it, and are harmful to your health. 

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Looking for neck NATURAL pain relief?

Talk to your chiropractor to see if a TENs Unit can help. CLICK HERE to learn more about what a TENS unit can be used for, when NOT to use a TENS unit and what settings to use for neck pain. Or, watch the following to see how to use a TENs Unit for Pain:

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

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Excerpts from Dr. Karin DRUMMOND's Book:

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So… What Causes Neck Pain?

You don’t have to be in a crash to experience neck pain. 

Often, poor work ergonomics is the cause of neck pain. To learn about the top 25 items to check to make sure you have good work ergonomics, check out:

Consider this partial list of more causes of neck pain:

·      Poor posture while sitting, standing, or sleeping

·      A worn-out mattress

·      An unsupportive pillow

·      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.


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.

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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. Here, at Drummond Chiropractic, we aim to get to the root cause of your neck pain, so you do not just get relief, but so that it LASTS!!!!

For example, 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). 

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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. 

To learn more about hidden causes of neck pain, check out our youtube channel, or better yet, schedule a consult with us today.

All of our chiropractors specialize in neck pain.

Hidden causes of neck pain:

Collapsed Arches can result in neck pain 

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.

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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.

A surprising Solution to neck pain

  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

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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.

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

Best Sleep Positions for neck pain

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.

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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 to prevent neck pain

I personally use the Pillo-Pedic pillow from Foot Levelers. Since 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. The Pillo-Pedic is a chiropractic approved pillow.

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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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All of our chiropractors specialize in more than neck pain.


AFTER BEING INVOLVED in a car crash, I could barely move. My neck pain was too acute and swollen to manipulate, so stretching my neck and doing passive modalities like electrical muscle stimulation, massage, and kinesio taping my neck was my only option.

 I cannot stress enough that if you have neck pain, it is imperative that you stretch your tight muscles and strengthen your loose muscles. When your muscles aren’t too tight and aren’t too loose, you will hold the beneficial effects of your treatments longer and be less vulnerable to injury. Research supports that home exercise is more effective than taking medicine for long term relief of pain.[1]

In this chapter, I share some of the floor exercises and stretches I used to loosen up my neck and back, providing me relief from my pain and stiffness. I was determined to go from having a stiff, almost immobilized spine to one that could move enough to do my activities of daily living. 

Stretching for Neck pain: to improve the range of motion of your neck

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Exercises for neck pain: to improve the strength of your neck muscles

Neck Exercises link

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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!

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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