Your neck or "cervical spine" starts at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. These small vertebrae are tasked with supporting the entire weight of the head, which typically averages about 12 pounds. The cervical spine also allows your head to move in nearly every direction, this flexibility also makes the neck susceptible to pain and injury. This susceptibility to injury is in part due to the biomechanics which can be affected by: repetitive movements, normal aging, every day wear and tear, in addition to accidents such as falls and blows to the head and the body. The causes of neck pain can have a variety of causes and the subsequent neck pain can be quite bothersome.