Back: Neck pain


What is neck pain (cervicalgia)?

Neck pain, sometimes called cervicalgia, is pain in or around your spine just beneath your head.
You might have neck pain felt mostly in your neck or radicular neck pain, that shoots into other areas like your shoulders or arms. It can be acute, lasting from days to six weeks or chronic, lasting longer than three months.
Neck pain, when severe can interrupt with your daily activities and reduce your quality of life if it’s not treated. Most causes of neck pain aren’t serious and improve with osteopathic treatments, exercise and stress management.


  • Neck pain occurs in ca. 30-50% of the adult population
  • The condition is common in older people and in office environment
  • It is common condition from the age of 45, most frequently in the 40-60 age group
  • Around 3% of the population consult a doctor with a neck disorder 
  • Pain occurs mostly in woman


  • Pain and stiffness in the neck region, shoulders and upper back
  • The pain can radiates from the neck to the head, shoulder and arm
  • Headache
  • Being unable to turn your neck or tilt your head
  • Numbness or tingling (pins and needles) feeling in shoulders and/or arms
stress how osteopathy can help

What are the possible causes of neck pain?


  •  Tight and sore neck muscles
  • Workload, stress or psychological/social stress or problems with vision
  • Diffuse headache
  • Lack of movement in one or more joints of the neck
  • Disc herniation between the cervical vertebrae
  • Whiplash
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Aging
  • Physical strain or injury

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