Neck Pain

Are You Experiencing Neck Pain in Calgary?

Then National Spine & Wellness has the solution for your Calgary Neck Pain issues. It is called the Multi-Cervical Unit (MCU).

Persistent or recurrent neck pain may be the result of previously undiagnosed underlying neck weakness. Research studies we were involved with as far back as 2002 showed that people experiencing chronic neck pain improved significantly once their underlying neck weakness was diagnosed and strengthened using the MCU.

It is common knowledge in rehabilitation we need to rebuild the strength in injured body parts such as knees, hips, shoulders, and backs. Up until now, however, the neck never seemed to get the same treatment.


Does This Sound Like You?

I have persistent or recurrent neck pain and headaches. I can get some relief from:

  • My chiropractor adjusting me
  • My physiotherapist doing IMS or dry needling
  • My Massage Therapist massaging my sore, stiff muscles

Unfortunately, the pain keeps coming back. I also don’t seem to be getting the same relief I used to from those treatments.

If this sounds like you, it may be that no one has diagnosed an underlying weakness in your neck.

Here’s the thing. Your neck muscles protect the underlying ligaments, bones, and nerves of the neck. If they are weak, they offer less protection.

Have you ever tried to start exercising after not doing it for a while? Those weak muscles hurt quite a bit, right? Apply that idea to your neck. It makes sense that if your neck is weaker than it is supposed to be, it will fatigue quickly during normal activities. That muscle fatigue will be felt as pain. Your Chiro, Physio, or Massage Therapist can relieve your muscle pain, but they can’t rebuild your strength. Once you resume your activities, your muscles have to go back to work. Once working, they fatigue, cause pain again, and the pattern repeats.

A simple, 30-minute test on the neck machine (MCU) will tell you if your neck is weak.

MCU™ Multi-Cervical Unit is considered the most effective and complete system for the assessment and rehabilitation of patients suffering from neck pain, whiplash associated disorders (WAD), and general cervical spine disorders. The MCU is a technology-based machine specifically designed to assess objectively and treat chronic neck pain and related conditions.

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Calgary Neck Pain Symptoms We Can Help:

  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Pain or stiffness in the upper back or shoulder girdle
  • Tech Neck
  • “Heavy Head” Syndrome
  • “Whiplash”
  • Pain or numbness in the arms, hands or fingers
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Pain in the jaw or face

Your neck is also known as the cervical spine. It connects your skull to your upper back by way of 7 bones (called vertebrae) which are held together by several ligaments and moved by dozens of muscles and tendons. It’s an area full of moving parts which allow it a broad range of motion. So when something goes wrong with the neck, it can be painful & debilitating.

A sprain to muscles, ligaments, or tendons within the neck area is the usual cause for neck discomfort. Most minor muscle, ligament, or tendon injuries within the neck will subside with some manual therapy by our Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, and Massage Therapists. Remaining pain-free happens with improved lifestyle factors such as posture & exercise.

One common characteristic of chronic neck discomfort is pain that radiates down the arm, sometimes into the palm and fingers. There may also be numbness or tingling. These symptoms are a signal that a nerve is being “pinched,” and they can make daily tasks exhausting. Chiropractic and physiotherapy techniques can often effectively release the pinched nerve to eliminate these painful symptoms and let you feel your best again.

How the MCU can Strengthen Your Neck!

Using the MCU, we can measure your neck strength in 16 directions to see which of your neck muscles are weak. We can then help you strengthen those neck muscles. We will retest you to make sure you are now strong in all directions. Just as importantly, we will make sure that you are balanced left to right and front to back.

Once you have enough strength in your neck muscles, then you will be able to support the weight of your head without aggravating your symptoms, or without your neck continually going out of place.

The Multi-Cervical Unit is the only effective way to test your neck in all directions, then quickly rebuild your neck strength and restore balance.


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National Spine & Wellness’ 3 Step Treatment Plan

Our care involves the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders
of the muscles, bones, and joints, especially the spine. Your first visit to National
Spine & Wellness is dedicated to learning about the history of your pain and how
it impacts your daily life.

The information we gather during your initial assessment is used to create a 3-
step treatment plan.

Step One: Pain Relief

Did you know that manual therapy is one of only very few treatments science has proven to be the most effective for relieving your back and neck pain? Our team are experts at this treatment but also understand that this isn’t all you may need to get better.

They also work collaboratively with your health care team to get you out of pain and get you moving in a safe, controlled fashion.

Step Two: Rebuild Strength & Agility

Ask yourself, if you were 100% what would you be doing?

That is the question we put to you first and foremost so we can customize your treatment plan.

Once your pain begins to go away we empower you to gain the knowledge, understanding, and tools to build your resiliency to get back to the activities you love.

Step Three: Maintain & Improve

By using a wellness model customized to your specific needs, we can give you the knowledge and tools to maintain and improve your health in a wellness model. Once the problem that was causing your symptoms is corrected, we will also work with you to learn ways to prevent the pain from returning.

The goal of our care is to offer preventative maintenance for pain-free living.