Neck pain is the second most common reason for people to visit chiropractors. On average 23% of the adult population has at any point in time experienced neck pain within the last 2 weeks.
Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, abnormal muscle tension, poor posture, stress, TMJ (jaw) problems and in some instances; disc problems, but first and foremost, functional problems between the vertebrae.
Given the flexibility of the neck, coupled with the relatively little muscle mass supporting it and the fact that it has to support and move the weight of your head (7-8 kg), it is really not surprising that neck pain is as common as it is. This scenario would be equvalent to a bowling ball on top of a stick stabilized by small, thin, elastic bands and it is easy to see how the neck can become injured and painful.
Many other professions treat the neck, from medical doctors to barbers in the Philipines. But chiropractors are experts in treating mechanical problems in the neck, both with safety and effectiveness. If you want expert care, you need to go to someone who deals with that problem on a very frequent basis.
Great attention has been paid from the scientific community to the success of chiropractic treatment of the neck. A number of studies have found have documented safety and effectiveness of chirpractic care.
Obviously, the causes of neck pain and headaches are many and varied. Chiropractors are especially trained to properly diagnose and treat the neck.