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

June 25, 2024

Neck pain is a common condition among office workers and individuals who spend long hours in front of computers. In today’s world, who doesn’t spend long hours in front of a computer? Whether you are dealing with chronic discomfort or sporadic stiffness, finding effective ways to alleviate neck pain is vital. New studies have shown that specific exercises, especially fixed resistance training and progressive resistance training, can considerably improve neck pain conditions. Exercise in combination with chiropractic Cox® Technic treatment of the cervical spine can be quite relieving! This blog post will look at the effectiveness of these exercises and give evidence-based insights to help you manage Nashua neck pain more efficiently.


Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, extended computer use, and muscle strain. Office workers are particularly susceptible to neck pain due to the repetitive nature of their tasks and the sedentary lifestyle related with desk jobs. A new study discovered that just one hour of computer use by office workers with symptomatic neck pain triggered signs of neuromuscular deficit of the ulnar nerve, semispinalis muscle and anterior scalene muscle, which may signify a higher risk of neuromuscular impairment of the upper extremities. (1) Your Nashua chiropractor often recommends exercise as a non-invasive treatment alternative to alleviate pain and improve neck function.


Combining chiropractic Cox® treatment with exercise is an effective way for managing and reducing neck pain. It helps strengthen the neck muscles, improve posture, and boost flexibility and strength. A systematic review compared the effects of neck exercise to passive or no intervention in adults with chronic neck pain and found that neck exercises notably improved sensory testing measurements and lowered pain levels. (2) Another study described that chronic neck pain affects grip strength and psychomotor skills and highlighted the importance of including 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 work the neck muscles.
  • Neck Extension and Flexion: This entails moving the head up and down against resistance to strengthen the neck's front and back muscles.
  • Chin Tucks: Sit up straight, tuck your chin in the direction of your chest without moving your shoulders, and hold for 5 seconds. Do this 10 times.

Progressive Resistance Training – Helpful in building muscle strength and endurance over time, progressive resistance training involves gradually adding to the resistance or weight used during exercises.

  • Theraband Exercises: Using resistance bands to do neck movements such as lateral flexion and rotation.
  • Shoulder Shrugs with Weights: Hold dumbbells in each hand and shrug your shoulders towards your ears. Hold for a few seconds and then lower. Gradually increase the weight as tolerated.

Exercise is a powerful tool for managing neck pain. By incorporating it alongside gentle, effective chiropractic Cox® Technic treatment, you can significantly lessen neck pain, boost posture, and increase 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 effective gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in decreasing neck pain.

For more personalized advice and guidance, book a consultation with your Nashua chiropractor today at Moriarty Chiropractic. Learn more about how you can take control of your neck pain and live a more pain-free life.

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