Does neck pain distract you from your work, keep you up at night, or prevent you from enjoying your favorite hobbies? With treatments such as chiropractic realignment, acupuncture, and massage therapy, the team at Kalani Total Health Center in Oxnard, California, can help you get rid of it for good.

Neck pain is very common. It occurs in about one out of three people at least once a year. It can last from days to years depending on the cause. Did you know that among adults, approximately 70% will experience neck pain that interferes with their daily activities during their lifetime?

How We Treat Neck Pain in Oxnard, CA

What treatments are available?

Digital X-ray

The first step of addressing neck pain is making sure it’s not a sign of a medical emergency. For that reason, Kalani Total Health Center offers patients on-site digital X-ray exams so that we can properly diagnose and treat the root cause of your neck pain. The exam and digital X-ray help us determine if it is:

  1. Axial (felt mostly in the neck)
  2. Radicular (pain shooting to extremities)
  3. Acute (lasting from days to up to 6 weeks)
  4. Chronic (lasting longer than 3 months to years)

Neck pain can be treated by a variety of complementary and alternative medical techniques.

An X-ray can reveal areas in your neck where nerves or the spinal cord might be pinched by bone spurs or other degenerative changes. Two different views will be taken to detect:

  • Dislocation
  • Breathing in a foreign object
  • Fracture
  • Disc injury
  • Bone Spurs
  • Infection of the vocal cords (croup)
  • Inflammation of the windpipe (epiglottitis)
  • Irregular spinal curvature
  • Osteoporosis
  • Wearing away of cervical spine or cartilage
  • Abnormal development in the spine of a child

Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain in Oxnard, CA

Chiropractic care is especially effective in treating neck injuries such as sprains and whiplash. It can help realign the spine and ease any swelling as the neck heals. It’s also helpful when joints are beginning to degenerate with age, guiding them into alignments that more naturally fit the shape they have formed over time.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is frequently used to treat neck and upper back pain. Depending on the source of your pain, your acupuncture site is usually near the base of the neck and the typical treatment involves the insertion of multiple needles. Acupuncture sessions usually last an hour or less. You may see results after the first visit, and your range of motion can increase quickly when combined with rest and traditional medicine.

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy can reduce inflammation, loosen tight muscles, and reduce stress. For neck pain, specifically, massage therapy can strengthen the area around the neck to ensure your body provides the support your neck needs.

In addition to these main techniques, the team at Kalani Total Health Center may recommend hot or cold therapy, electrical stimulation, or a series of strengthening exercises. Our experienced practitioners will work with you to create a treatment plan that addresses your specific pain.

Common Causes of Neck Pain in Oxnard, CA

Your neck is more vulnerable to injury than almost any part of your body. So keeping it healthy is vital to your wellbeing. Left unattended poor lifestyle habits can trigger chronic neck pain that interferes with daily activities and can raise your risk of serious health issues. If you’re experiencing neck pain it could be a sign of:

Neck Pain Causes Oxnard CA

Strain or Sprain

Tech Neck – pain experienced when the neck is tilted too long in the wrong position when using computers and other technology

Subluxation – the change in the alignment of one or more of your vertebrae, resulting in loss of function

Whiplash – a neck injury resulting from a forceful, rapid back and forth movement of the neck

Spinal Stenosis – a narrowing of the spaces within your spine which can pinch and irritate your nerves

Stress

Poor Posture

Nerve Compression – from a bulged or herniated disc

Worn Joints – caused by osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease

Frequently Asked Questions

Are chiropractic adjustments to the neck safe?

Yes! While a brief moment of discomfort is common in those with very severe tightness in the neck, most patients express feelings of immediate relief after the adjustment is done. Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, natural, and non-invasive way to treat pain. The use of steroids, or other pain remedies, is often ruled out in favor of chiropractic care. The holistic approach to pain remedy also allows young children, expectant mothers, and even the elderly to enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care without the after-effects of strong medicine.

When should you see a chiropractor for neck pain?

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should consult with a chiropractor regarding your neck pain:

  • A persistent ache
  • A stabbing or burning pain
  • Increased sensitivity to mild pressure applied to the neck
  • Neck pain plus headache and numbness or tingling in one or both arms
  • Increased tension/tightening in the muscles in the neck

Is it ok to “pop” my own neck?

No. If done too often or too forcefully by pulling and twisting with your hands, it can result in joint instability and misalignments which can cause throbbing neck pain, tingling and numbness in your limbs, or worse. Manipulation of the neck is best left to a licensed professional.

Is massage or chiropractic better for neck pain?

We recommend you do both. Chiropractic treatment focuses on realigning the spine and neck vertebrae to alleviate pressure on the nerves which cause the pain. Massage therapy used in conjunction with chiropractic treatment will help relax the muscles and ligaments enhancing cell metabolism and generating new cell growth within the inflamed tissue.

Are chiropractors covered by insurance for neck pain?

Kalani Total Health Center believes in the value of wellness care for you and your family and has maintained a pricing structure that allows care for all budgets. Our office participates in most insurance programs. We also accept auto accident and workers’ compensation cases. For patients who have little or no chiropractic insurance coverage, flexible payment programs can be arranged.