Chiropractic Tips To Protect Your Spine & Avoid Neck Pain
We all seem to fashion our lifestyles around our ongoing demands and just expect our bodies to follow suit. Long workdays, haphazard diets and careless habits like poor posture or lack of exercise, can all creep up on us and then emerge as painful body challenges.
If you are feeling neck or back pain and experiencing more headaches, it may be time to do a top to bottom check.
The American Chiropractic Association tells us there are many daily life challenges to our spine. Poor posture, weight gain, and weak abdominal muscles often disrupt spinal balance, causing the neck to bend forward to compensate.
Stress and emotional tension can cause muscles to tighten and contract, resulting in pain and stiffness. Postural stress where we sit in fixed positions hunched over screens at work and home can cause chronic neck pain with symptoms traveling into the upper back and the arms.
Step back and take a good look at your daily schedule and then see your doctor and your chiropractor for solutions now. Don’t wait.
Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain
During your visit, your chiropractor will seek to locate the source of your pain and will ask you questions about your current symptoms.
When did the pain start?
What have you done for your neck pain?
Does the pain radiate or travel to other parts of your body?
Does anything reduce the pain or make it worse?
The initial visit will include a spinal adjustment to assess spinal health, along with a complete review of medical history.
Your chiropractor will observe your posture, range of motion, and physical condition, noting movement that causes pain. There will also be an assessment of the curvature and alignment of the spine, and feel for muscle spasm. A check of the shoulder area is included. Your chiropractor will also test your reflexes, muscle strength, other nerve changes, and pain spread. The overall goal will be to seek pain relief and restoration of normal activities without medications or surgery.
As a diagnosis is made a treatment program will evolve that might include an assessment of your work areas and your home, exercises for posture, cut backs in work hours or discussion on how to break up sitting times, and a diet for weight loss.
Together the two of you may wind up reshaping a lot of your daily life making it work long range for you to avoid future injury and keep you pain free. Each program is tailored to the individual. Make an appointment today.