Neck Pain – Not Just a Pillow Problem 

 January 29, 2016

By  Dr. Todd Osborne


Neck pain is an extremely common complaint amongst most Americans.  From arthritis to strained muscles due to poor posture, neck pain has likely affected us all at some point in our lives.  An acute episode can be troublesome, but for sufferers of chronic neck pain, the condition can be quite debilitating.  The pain can be severe and can also travel into the shoulders and down the arms, leading to a whole host of other issues.

Often, the first place people turn when they start to experience neck pain is to their pillow.  Is it too soft?  Too firm?  Too tall?  Too short?  For people who sleep on their backs, a thinner pillow may be necessary to prevent the head from bending too far forward.  Some pillows for backsleepers are designed with a “roll” at the bottom to support the natural curve of the neck.  Side-sleepers may require a firmer pillow that supports the neck and fills the gap between the ear and shoulder.

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It is true that the wrong pillow may worsen neck pain, shoulder pain, and even headaches. However, it is critical to look at the structure of the neck as well, as those changes usually come first and are later followed by pain and discomfort.  In Chattanooga, Drs. Christi and Todd Osborne specialize in getting to the root of their patients’ neck pain.  What they find is that when the top vertebrae in the neck shift out of position, it causes a chain reaction down the rest of the spine.  This is often the source of a lot of neck pain, and it can be treated with specific upper cervical chiropractic adjustments that address each person’s unique structure.  Swapping out your pillow certainly couldn’t hurt, but getting at the underlying cause of the problem is sure to provide much longer lasting results.

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Dr. Todd Osborne

Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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