Neck Pain

Do you suffer from Neck Pain?

If so, you are not alone. More than 10% of the general population is effected by some type of neck pain. Do you have neck pain as a result of a car injury or from sitting at a computer all day long? Neck pain is one of the most debilitating issues our patients face. Neck pain can keep you from working out, playing with the kids or performing daily activities at home. Many of our neck pain patients have previously tried medications, injections, chiropractor, massage therapy, physical therapy and/ or acupuncture to relieve their neck pain, but nothing works. If you are tired of living with chronic neck pain, we have great news! There is a brand new technique called Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR), which effectively treats neck pain for good! Doctor Jacobs specializes in the treatment of neck pain.

What is Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR)?

Advanced Soft Tissue Release (ASTR-patent pending) is a very gentle manual therapy technique, created by Dr. Joseph Jacobs, Doctor of Physical Therapy, that gently and effectively treats neck pain. Many of our neck pain clients who have tried everything under the sun finally find relief with ASTR. Most neck pain patients experience pain relief within their first session and testify that Dr. Jacobs' approach is gentle and does not cause additional pain. Most neck pain patients boast that the results are immediate and long-lasting. ASTR is exclusively available at Reliant Physical Therapy for neck pain patients. Click here to read our patient testimonials and learn how you can also begin living pain free from neck pain. Our specialists are trained in the ASTR technique.

Neck pain

According to American College of Rheumatology, neck pain effects 10% of the population each year. One of the most common sources of neck pain is whiplash from motor vehicle accidents. Neck pain may be localized in the cervical region or may radiate down to the arm, forearm and/or hand. People who sit in front of the computer for a long time are more apt to have neck painNeck pain may occur from muscle strains, which may occur as a result of prolonged physical activities such as sitting in front of the computer for a long period of time.Our neck pain specialists work tirelessly to address the needs of our physical therapy patients.

Causes of Neck pain:

These are some of the causes of neck pain

  • Whiplash from motor vehicle accidents
  • Poor posture
  • Poor sleeping
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Muscle sprain
  • Herniated disc (Bulging or ruptured disc)
  • Cervical arthritis

Symptoms of Neck pain:

These are some of the neck pain symptoms

  • Neck pain
  • Neck stiffness and tenderness
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder aches
  • Pain may radiate down to the arm, forearm and/or hand
Neck pain Prevention:

These are some of the ways to prevent neck pain

  • Proper sitting, reading and working posture
  • Proper sleeping 

Tension & Cervicogenic Headache   

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache associated with tightness of the soft tissue in the head, neck and shoulders. Tension headaches could be releated to poor posture, stress,  depression, anxiety or head injury. Tension headaches are usually experienced on both sides of the head.  Tension headaches usually start at the back of the head and spread to the front. Advanced Soft Tissue Release, developed by Dr. Jacobs (patent pending), is a very gentle, effective and natural approach to treating tension headaches. Doctor Jacobs/specialists specializes in the treatment of tension headaches. 

Migraine Headaches   

Migraine Headaches are the second most common headache and often occur with other symptoms such as nausea and change in vision.  Throbbing or pounding head pain is usally associated with migraines and can take place on one side of the head.  Individuals who suffer from migraine headaches can be sensitive to light or noise and may experience "aura," which is a group of visual symptoms just before the headache attack.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, about 12 % of the U.S population suffers from migraines headachesMigraine headaches occur 3 times more often in females than males. The World Health Organization considers migraine headaches one of the 20 most disabling medical illnesses in the world. Migraine headaches can occur with an aura, which can be followed by visual symptoms without auras. Patients who have migraine headaches may suffer from sleep disturbance, anxiety and depression. Doctor Jacobs specializes in the treatment of migraine headaches. Our specialist will help you alleviate your migraine headache.

These are some of the symptoms of migraine headaches:

  • Pounding, pulsating, or throbbing pain
  • Migraine may begin on one side of the head and spread to the other side or stay on one side
  • Intense pain around the sides of the forehead
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Vertigo, dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Fatigue
  • Visual disturbances such as blurred vision, temporarily blind spots, flashing lights
  • Sensitivity to noise, light and/ or movement
  • Body parts may feel weak, tingly or numb

At Reliant, we treat headaches naturally through using the Advanced Soft Tissue Release and cold laser therapy. Most of our clients testify that their headache symptoms disappear in a matter of minutes when treated with Advanced Soft Tissue Release. 

Reliant Physical Therapy is one of the few clinics in Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County with a special program to treat headaches and migraines and is proud to offer this service to its clients.

TMJ & Jaw Pain

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most commonly used joints in the body. It opens and closes up to 2000 times per day.  (Gremillion 2000) found that more than 25% of the general population is effected by some type of TMJ disorder. TMJ can cause the following problems:

  • Difficulty Chewing, Talking & Yawning
  • Headache
  • Neck Pain
  • Change in Bite
  • Clenching & Grinding
  • Clicking & Popping
  • TMJ Locking 
  • Ear pain/ Sensation of Fullness / Tennitus

TMJ Disorders

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) or Jaw Joint connects the mandibular (lower jaw) to the temporal bone in the head. The jaw joints enable us to chew, talk, and yawn. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD),TMJ disorders are a group of several conditions that results in jaw joint pain and dysfunction in the jaw movement. Doctor Jacobs specializes in the treatment of TMJ disorders. Our specialists have worked for years in the area of TMJ disorders.

These are the most common conditions of TMJ disorders:

  • Myofasical pain that causes pain in the muscle that controls the jaw movement.
  • Derangement of the joint such as dislocated jaw, displaced disc, or condyle injury
  • Arthritis of the Temopromandibular joint

It is common that the person who suffers from TMJ disorders has one or more of the above conditions. Injury to the temporomandibular joint or muscles of the neck and head can cause TMD. Stress may cause the individual to experience tightness in the jaw and facial muscles.

These are some of the common symptoms of TMD:

  • Limited mouth opening motion
  • Pain or tenderness of the face, jaw joint, neck , and or around the ear when chewing, talking or opening the mouth wide
  • Jaw (TMJ) clicking, locking, or popping
  • Difficulty with chewing
  • Sometimes experience ear pain/ sensation of fullness/ tennitus
  • Other symptoms could include: headaches, neck pain, earaches, ringing in the ears, toothaches
Herniated Disc

When a "slipped" or "ruptured" disc in the lower back or neck occurs, it is called a herniated disc.  Herniated disc are one of the most common reasons for neck, arm, lower back and leg pain. A disc herniates or ruptures when part of the center of the disc pushes through the outer layer of the disc and causes pressure on the spinal canal. This may cause pressure on the nerves. Any light pressure on the nerve may cause weakness of the arm/leg muscle, pain and/or numbness. Doctor Jacobs specializes in the treatment of herniated disks.

These are some of the symptoms for herniated disc:

Herniated disc symptoms usually occur on one side of the body:

  • Herniated disc in the lower back may cause back pain, hip/ thigh/ leg/ foot pain, numbness, muscle weakness
  • Herniated disc in the neck area may cause neck pain, shoulder /arm/ forearm/ hand pain, numbness, muscle weakness
  • Pain at night
  • Pain with bending, twisting, sitting, standing or walking
  • Pain with sneezing, laughing or coughing

These are some of the risk factors for herniated disc:

  • Smoking
  • Excessive body weight
  • Poor body mechanics when lifting
  • Repetitive strenuous motion such as: lifting, bending, pushing, pulling and/or twisting


Scoliosis is a sideway curvature of the spine or backbone. Scoliosis curve sometimes looks like an “S” or “C” letter shape. Scoliosis is a common disorder that effects many children and adults.  People who are not surgical candidates for scoliosis may benefit from physical therapy in order to relieve pain. Fascia restriction release may improve muscular imbalance due to Scoliosis curvature. To speak with a scoliosis specialist, please call today.


According to the Arthritis foundation, about 27 million people in America suffer from Osteoarthritis (OA). Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of joint disorder. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of the joints, as a result of aging or overuse. Osteoarthritis is a chronic condition generally involving the degradation of the cartilage and the bone. Common risk factors for Osteoarthritis include:  joint overuse, genetics, obesity, age, and previous joint injury. These are some of the common symptoms of Osteoarthritis:

  • Joint stiffness or soreness
  • Increased pain after activities or at the end of the day
  • Joint stiffness after resting and decreased stiffness after movement

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease and is considered to be a form of inflammatory arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disorder. Rheumatoid arthritis patients bodies attack their own. Fluid  builds up in joints as a result of rheumatoid arthritis, which may cause of joint pain. Rheumatoid arthritis patients may experience inflammation throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis is a symmetrical disease, which occurs on both sides of the body. These are some of the common symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis:

  • Decreased joint range of motion
  • Joints may feel warm 
  • Increased swelling and inflammation
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial Pain Syndrome is a common source of pain. Myofascial Pain may be related to surgery, sports injury, direct traumatic incident, poor posture, poor body mechanics, accident and or muscle strain. ASTR is  an non-invasive revolutionary manual technique that is used to evaluate and treat myofascial pain syndrome effectively. Doctor Jacobs specializes in the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome.

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  • Patient avoided hip surgery.

  • Patient avoided back surgery.

  • This newborn came in unable to move his neck from the side position. He suffered from torticollis, severe neck and back spasms. After just 1 ASTR treatment, he had complete range of motion.

  • Patient came in unable to move his neck from the side position. After 3 ASTR treatments, he regained full range of motion.

  • This young gymnast came in unable to do the splits. After just 1 ASTR treatment, she had full range of motion.


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