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Headaches may be related to problems with your neck. This could result from:

  • Tight muscles
  • Restricted movement of the spinal joints
  • Strain from sitting at a computer or being in a one position for long periods of time

Consult a chiropractor if you often have headaches, if you frequently take a pain reliever for headaches, if your headache pattern changes, or if your headaches are getting worse.


Neck pain can result from a variety of causes, including:

  • Postural strain
  • Restricted movement of the spinal joints
  • Injuries and accidents

When the joints in your neck are not moving properly this can also cause pain, tingling or numbness in your arms and hands. If neck pain is limiting your activities, consult a chiropractor for an assessment.


Shoulder pain can be caused from a number of things, such as:

  • Referred pain from your neck
  • Rotator cuff injuries (muscles or tendons)
  • Sprain of the ligaments
  • Over use of the muscles in your shoulder

Sometimes shoulder pain will originate from the shoulder blade area and refer pain into your upper arm. A chiropractor can diagnose the cause of your pain and recommend a treatment plan to put you on the road to recovery.


Pain in your back and between your shoulders can be related to:

  • Your posture
  • An injury, such as lifting
  • Restricted movement of the joints in your spine

If there is decreased movement of the rib joints or tightness of the rib muscles, this can cause pain into your chest and trouble taking a deep breath.

A chiropractor can work with you to restore healthy function to your muscles, ligaments and joints.


Lower back pain can result from many causes, including:

  • Muscle strain
  • Restrictions in the movement of the spinal joints or pelvis (sacroiliac joints)
  • Lifting
  • Disc injuries
  • Weakness of the core muscles which support your lower back

Sometimes lower back problems can cause pain, tingling or numbness in your legs and feet.

If you experience back pain that lasts more than a few days, consult a chiropractor for an assessment.


Pain in your hip area can be caused by a variety of sources:

  • Restricted movement of the hip joint
  • Restricted movement of the pelvis
  • Muscle strain or overuse of the muscles in the pelvic and hip area

Pain in this area can refer into your legs, the side of your hip or into your groin area. Sometimes the bursa on the side of the hip will become irritated causing bursitis. A chiropractor can diagnose the source of the pain and recommend a course of treatment specific to you.

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