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Manahawkin Chiropractic Relief for Neck Pain: Exercise & Cox® Treatment

Neck pain is a shared condition among office workers and individuals who work long hours in front of computers. In today’s world, who doesn’t spend long hours in front of a computer? Whether you're dealing with chronic discomfort or sporadic stiffness, finding effective ways to alleviate neck pain is paramount. New studies have shown that specific exercises, especially fixed resistance training and progressive resistance training, can considerably improve neck pain conditions. Exercise combined with chiropractic Cox® Technic treatment of the cervical spine can be very alleviating! This blog post will explore the effectiveness of these exercises and give evidence-based insights to facilitate your management of Manahawkin neck pain more efficiently.


Neck pain can be caused by various factors, including poor posture, prolonged computer use, and muscle strain. Office workers are particularly vulnerable to neck pain due to the repetitive nature of their tasks and the sedentary lifestyle associated with desk jobs. A new study stated that just one hour of computer usage by office workers with symptomatic neck pain resulted in signs of neuromuscular deficit of the ulnar nerve, semispinalis muscle and anterior scalene muscle, which may signify more risk of neuromuscular impairment of the upper extremities. (1) Your Manahawkin chiropractor often suggests exercise as a non-invasive treatment alternative to ease pain and increase neck function.


Combining chiropractic Cox® treatment with exercise is a usual way to manage and reduce neck pain. It helps strengthen the neck muscles, improve posture, and boost flexibility and strength. A systematic review assessed the effects of neck exercise to passive or no intervention in adults with chronic neck pain and found that neck exercises significantly improved sensory testing measurements and lowered pain levels. (2) Another study described that chronic neck pain impacts grip strength and psychomotor skills and emphasized the importance of incorporating exercises to improve overall functionality and reduce neck pain symptoms. (3) Two types of exercises that have shown significant benefits for neck pain patients are:

Fixed Resistance Training – Useful for building strength and stability, fixed resistance training concerns using a constant resistance throughout the exercise movement.

  • Isometric Neck Exercises: These exercises include maintaining a position for a specified period to engage the neck muscles.
  • Neck Extension and Flexion: This entails moving the head up and down in opposition to resistance to strengthen the neck's front and back muscles.
  • Chin Tucks: Sit up straight, tuck your chin towards your chest without moving your shoulders, and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

Progressive Resistance Training – Effective for building muscle strength and endurance over time, progressive resistance training involves gradually increasing the resistance or weight used during exercises.

  • Theraband Exercises: Using resistance bands to perform neck movements such as lateral flexion and rotation.
  • Shoulder Shrugs with Weights: With dumbells in each hand, shrug your shoulders towards your ears. Hold for a few seconds and then lower. Gradually add more weight as tolerated.

Exercise is a potent tool for managing neck pain. By incorporating it with gentle, effective chiropractic Cox® Technic treatment, you can significantly reduce neck pain, boost posture, and enhance overall neck function.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr.  James Kirk on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the effectiveness of the gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in managing neck pain.

For more personalized advice and guidance, schedule a visit with your Manahawkin chiropractor today at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center. We’ll talk more about how you can take control of your neck pain and enjoy a more pain-free life.

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