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San Diego Chiropractor: How to manage neck pain safely and naturally

Dr. Kim Khauv, Mission Valley Chiropractor, Helps Patients with Neck Pain 

A stiff neck is one of the most debilitating conditions that can occur. Continuous neck pain can be a life limiting condition preventing proper functioning at work and home. You must be able to differentiate an occasional stiff neck and a condition that needs proper healthcare. Chiropractic care is one of the methods used to alleviate neck pain.

It is time to see a chiropractor if:

  • You have a stiff neck that has lasted 3 or more days

  • You have used over the counter medication for more than 5 days to relieve neck pain

  • Looking left or right produces severe pain

  • The neck pain was caused by a serious event like auto accident whiplash

  • The pain spreads to the hands and lower back causing tingling sensations

  • You feel pain in the morning and gradually better during the day


Causes of neck pain

Misalignment of vertebrae is the most common cause of neck pain. It occurs when:

  • The neck has been in an awkward posture for a long time e.g. working on a ceiling

  • There is consistent poor posture like hunching over a desk

  • The neck is suddenly moved beyond its normal range of motion e.g. in a whiplash

  • You sleep on your stomach on a flat pillow

Pinched nerves can also cause neck pain.  The vertebrae bones are cushioned against each other with intervertebral discs. When there is a misalignment of the vertebrae, there is inflammation in the soft tissue producing pressure against the nerves causing a pinching sensation.

Chiropractic treatment

Using chiropractic treatment for neck pain is a safe, non-surgical option that can achieve results quickly and effectively. The chiropractor will use of the common techniques of:

Cervical manual traction

The patient lies face up or sits while the chiropractor mimics the natural movements of the neck.  He stretches the neck in varying degrees of flexion (forward) and extension (backward) movements to alleviate the pressure on the nerves. 

Cervical Mobilization

This is combined with manual traction for effective treatment. The patient lies face up or sits while the chiropractor moves the neck side to side while varying the degree at which the neck is bending forward or backwards. Figure 8 movements are also applied in smooth movements. This technique is to reduce fixation where the neck’s movement is restricted.

Cervical chiropractic adjustments

The patient lies face up while the chiropractor examines for abnormal range of motion of the cervical spine and misalignment.  He then corrects the cervical spine misalignment with a safe, gentle, and effective chiropractic adjustment restoring proper alignment and range of motion.  

Unlike conventional health care, chiropractic care is a non-drug and non-surgical, safe alternative health care. It is safe even for people that are suffering from other conditions as arthritis, or injury and pregnancy.


Chiropractic care is recognized and respected even in conventional medicine. Most PPO insurance companies also cover the cost of chiropractic care.  If you have chronic low back pain or any of the above symptoms, visit the Mission Valley chiropractor for evidence-based, quality, safe and effective back pain relief.


With over 15 years experience, Dr. Kim Khauv is an award winning, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) public health and prevention trained, National Board certified, corrective care chiropractor who has published and presented research nationally and internationally in chiropractic care, wellness, and prevention. He provides safe, effective, and evidence-based chiropractic care to his patients both at his private practice in Mission Valley, San Diego and to active duty military members at Navy Medical Center San Diego. Conditions that have responded well to chiropractic care are headaches, migraines, neck pain, back pain, pregnancy related back pain, sciatica, and auto injuries.  Call 619-862-3195 today to start enjoying life again.

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