Upper Back, Neck Pain & Headaches

The top three contributors to upper back and neck pain are poor postural habits, muscle trigger points, and restricted spinal joints.

A selection of Dr. Lavine’s articles on upper back, neck pain & headaches

If you have problems of the upper back, neck, or headaches, you’ve got to have three things checked.

  1. When you sit or stand, are you balancing your head on your spine or does poor posture mean you’re overloading the muscles and distorting the joints?
  2. Do you have muscle knots (trigger points) in the muscles of the upper back, neck, and shoulder girdle?
  3. Do you have restrictions in the easy glide (joint play) between neighboring vertebrae?

These three issues are almost always present in some combination in those with pain of the upper back, neck, or headache.

My examination procedures test for these important risk factors, and I have safe, effective hands-on methods that help with each of these. In most cases I can help you find a direct solution to your problems.

These selected articles will provide additional information.

How many chiropractic visits are the right amount?

How many chiropractic visits are the right amount?

Headache sufferers got better relief the more adjustments they received over a 6 week period.
Be wary of the new class of drugs for migraine

Be wary of the new class of drugs for migraine

Emgality and Nurtec are examples of a new class of migraine medication, but their actions don't only block pain - they block the normal production of gut mucus.
Chiropractors prove to be up to the challenge of neck pain

Chiropractors prove to be up to the challenge of neck pain

A new study showed that chiropractors treat neck pain at a lower cost, with far less use of drugs, expensive imaging tests, or surgery.
The toll of whiplash

The toll of whiplash

Whiplash has a long term impact: pain, fatigue, mood swings, arthritis, and other symptoms can persist for years. You need a multi-system approach to healing.
3 exercises for the upper back & shoulders

3 exercises for the upper back & shoulders

Three exercises for the neck, upper back and shoulders.
Palpation is more accurate than I thought

Palpation is more accurate than I thought

I use palpation as one of my primary diagnostic tools. My years of experience give me confidence that I’m picking ...
Chiropractic effectiveness, safety, and cost savings – the latest research

Chiropractic effectiveness, safety, and cost savings – the latest research

Recent research documents chiropractic effectiveness, safety, and cost savings
Many people with “carpal tunnel syndrome” are misdiagnosed

Many people with “carpal tunnel syndrome” are misdiagnosed

Carpal tunnel syndrome is most often only one part of a combined pattern of stress affecting the neck, shoulders and arms.
Not everybody likes to get their neck cracked

Not everybody likes to get their neck cracked

There are alternatives to get the job done for a patient who doesn't like getting his or her neck cracked.
Proven link: tension headaches and weak neck muscles

Proven link: tension headaches and weak neck muscles

Researchers have proven the link between weak neck muscles and headache. Learn a simple exercise that will help strengthen this key area.
Chiropractic pillows: “Pillow Talk” courtesy of guest author Dr. George Russell

Chiropractic pillows: “Pillow Talk” courtesy of guest author Dr. George Russell

My colleague George Russell fields questions about pillows and how to get the most out of a night's sleep.
Chiropractic for scoliosis: Does it help?

Chiropractic for scoliosis: Does it help?

Many chiropractors offer treatment programs for patients with scoliosis: side-to-side curvature of the spine. Are these treatment protocols justified by the state of scientific research? Are they effective?
Magnesium for migraines

Magnesium for migraines

Discover an easy nutritional option that's been shown to cut the frequency of migraine attacks by 40%.
Exercise for neck pain: 5 experts weigh in

Exercise for neck pain: 5 experts weigh in

Best exercises for neck pain? Four experts weigh in.
Chiropractic better for neck pain

Chiropractic better for neck pain

The Annals of Internal Medicine published a research study demonstrating that chiropractic care is the best approach for neck pain.

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Dr. Lavine’s training as a Doctor of Chiropractic positions him as an expert in the conservative care of headache, pinched nerves, and problems of the neck, shoulders, and upper back. With nearly forty years experience, he’s able to root out the causes of your pain problems and work directly toward a solution.


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Is chiropractic care gentle?

Dr. Lavine uses a range of treatment methods, some of which are extremely gentle. Part of his experience lies in choosing the right style of treatment to get you system functioning better as quickly as possible.

Are there negative side-effects?

The most common side effects of chiropractic care are positive ones – feeling healthier and more robust. Another common side effect is a temporary increase in soreness. This typically resolves within a day or two. More significant side effects – worsening your underlying condition or creating a problem you didn’t already have – are exceedingly rare.

How long will Dr. Lavine spend with me?

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Will Dr. Lavine crack my back?

Maybe. One method that Dr. Lavine uses is manipulation of the joints of the spine. This sometimes results in a popping noise as the spinal joints regain their normal mobility pattern. It’s a safe and painless procedure. Nonetheless, it’s not suitable in all cases and it’s never suitable for someone who doesn’t feel comfortable with that method of treatment.

Will I need to come for a series of treatments?

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I’ve heard that people keep coming to their chiropractor for months or even years. Is that true?

Most patients will begin to respond positively within a handful of treatments. Once they’ve achieved their initial goals, some patients choose to continue with periodic tune-up visits to alleviate stress as it builds up and keep on top of their game. That’s an individual choice.

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What about X-rays? Will I need X-rays or MRI’s?

There are occasional situations in which imagining tests such as Xrays or MRIs would be useful in determining your diagnosis. But this is infrequent.

What specific methods does Dr. Lavine use?

Dr. Lavine uses a variety of manual therapy techniques designed to help your body reorganize itself to alleviate pain and allow for an optimal pattern of body movement. Broadly, there are three components of treatment: mobilization and manipulation of the joints, connective tissue treatment, and therapeutic movement. Within each of these three broad categories there are innumerable specific types of treatment that Dr. Lavine is skilled in. Every patient is different and every treatment plan is unique.

Will Dr. Lavine work with my regular medical doctor? Orthopedist? Physical therapist?

Of course. With your permission, he’ll send a complete report outlining his examination findings and treatment plan to any of your other physicians or therapists.

Will Dr. Lavine show me what to do to prevent my problem from coming back?

Yes. Any treatment plan also includes self-care tips, therapeutic exercises to do at home, and useful lifestyle modifications to deal with ongoing stressors.

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