Neck Pain

Neck Pain Relief In Chapel Hill

When Your  Experiencing Severe or Chronic Neck Pain, our Chapel Hill Chiropractic Office is Ready to Help.

You are not alone if you’re dealing with neck pain in Chapel Hill or the Raleigh-Durham area. Millions of people suffer with neck pain, never getting the care they need. For over one hundred years chiropractic care has been helping people with this condition. At Leigh Brain & Spine, Dr. Cosmas Leigh has earned advanced degrees and certifications proven for neck pain treatment and have very high patient success rates.

What Causes Neck Pain?

There are many reasons people suffer from neck pain. The most common reason is the overuse of the muscles in the neck and back region. Repeated or prolonged use can create a misalignment of the spine and generate pain through the nervous body. At Leigh Brain & Spine we use a variety of diagnostic tools to determine the source of the pain. Once we know what the true cause is we can go to work providing the solution. Our comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plans are why we see amazing success in our patients’ outcomes.

The spine is one of the most complex areas of your body, with almost every nerve in your system running through it. Muscles connected to a region of the spine that is misaligned can spasm and tighten. This tightening is believed to be a defense mechanism of the body to protect the spine and spinal cord from injury. Bad posture and repetitive motions with a bad posture are the most common cause of misalignments that happen in the spine.

Many people let spinal problems go uncorrected. They hope that if they wait long enough their pain will just go away. In many cases it does go away temporarily, but the misalignment that is causing the problem is still there. Over time that area can become aggravated, and the pain will return. Over time without correction the problem can become much more serious. Some patients get to the point where surgery feels like the only option. Leigh Brain & Spine uses the most advanced, state-of-the-art techniques and strategies to help people avoid surgery or a lifetime of pain.

Neck Pain Therapies

Joint manipulation

Stretching a joint past its current restricted range of motion to restore movement and reduce pain.


Stretching exercises can improve flexibility and improve physical function.

Chiropractic Treatment

Restores spine to optimal function and improves blood flow. Hands-on adjustment of the spine, called spinal manipulation, is the basis of chiropractic care and can often reduce or eliminate back pain.


Relaxes tense muscles.

Spine Conditions

Chiropractors FAQ

Do Chiropractors adjust all patients the same way?

No. The chiropractor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. In fact, there are many different chiropractic techniques and the chiropractor will decide which is best for each patient. The recommendations made by a chiropractor are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.

Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?

Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is known as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractors may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place. Some chiropractors specialize in serving those people who have had previous back surgeries and are still in pain. Spinal Decompression Therapy can be the most effective course of treatment for such a person.

Can I adjust myself?

No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs.

Can I tell if my spine is out of alignment?

Not always. A misalignment is like a dental cavity–you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a misalignment, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside out.

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About Dr. Cosmas Leigh

Chiropractic Physician

Dr. Cosmas Leigh, D.C. is a pioneer in Spinal Decompression to treat spinal stenosis, herniated discs, bulging discs, and disc degeneration. Dr. Leigh was the first in his region to include the state-of-the-art DRX 9000c Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression system to his practice to reduce pain and restore function for people of all ages.