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Simple Mechanical Neck Pain

What is mechanical neck pain?

Mechanical neck pain refers to any type of pain caused by placing abnormal stress and strains on spine. It’s often the result of repetitive overuse of muscles and joints of the neck. The reason it’s known as simple pain is because as many as two out of three people will develop it at some point in their life.

Common Symptoms

The most obvious symptom is neck pain.  Beyond that, you may experience:

  • Headaches
  • Pain in connected muscles and tissue
  • Pain radiating to shoulders and arms
  • Soreness
  • Stabbing or stinging sensation in some cases
  • Reduced range of motion


The exact cause of simple mechanical neck pain in the neck is unknown, but most cases include sprains and strains in the neck area. As a result, the affected neck structures experience more stress which limits their flexibility when you’re moving, bending or turning.

The name of the condition implies that the source of this type of pain is mechanical in nature. Some of the most common causes are;

  • Bad sleeping posture
  • Injury or trauma around the neck
  • Prolonged activities that force you to crane your neck
  • Carrying heavy shoulder bags
  • Gritting your teeth
  • Wearing heavy necklaces

Simple mechanical neck pain is generally multifaceted in origin. Some factors increase your risk of dealing with this issue, such as;

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Sporting or occupational activities


For non specific neck pain, restoring proper segmental and global range of motion as well as strength and control are important.  Chiropractic adjustments focus on restoring segmental mobility while rehabilitative exercises restore strength and control.

Manipulation is a common treatment utilized by chiropractors to alleviate simple mechanical neck pain, as it helps manage stiffness associated with neck pain. A growing body of evidence confirms that manipulation reduces the intensity of pain and increases the range of motion effectively.

Don’t wait for it to go away on its own, particularly if the pain is persistent.

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