Don't Let Neck Pain Take Over, Get Help From Your Chiropractor
Many of us have been in the situation where a nagging twinge shows up, that we hope will go away. But when that twinge is neck pain and it begins to get worse, most people start to quickly look for the most effective options. The need to escape the pain and keep up with daily routines becomes very real.
The Chiropractic Advantage
The American Chiropractic Association points out the advantages of seeing a chiropractor for the best results. Recent research in a NIH, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine study reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine compared mechanical neck treatment for 272 people.
They were divided into spinal manipulative therapy with a chiropractor, pain medication treatment with over the counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants, and an exercise group.
The results showed about 57 percent of the chiropractic patients and the exercise group reported a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After a year 53 percent of the drug free groups continued to report 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 38 percent in the medication group.
If you are facing neck pain, you may find Faster recovery at less cost by seeing your chiropractor.
Seeing the Chiropractor
If this is your first visit to the chiropractor, you will find the chiropractor’s goal will be to seek relief and restore normal activity without surgery or medications. Your chiropractor may begin with spinal adjustments to obtain an assessment of the nervous system and to seek pain relief. Then a discussion of what happened and a review of medical history, and daily schedules will follow. In the process the correct diagnosis and pattern of treatment with helpful steps to use at work and at home will be determined. Slowly but surely, the chiropractor will be helping the patient ease their way back, both mentally and physically.
Escaping neck pain and reclaiming regular routines at home and work may evolve into regular chiropractic visits with exercises and advice on new, safe ways to do things. In my friend’s case she used new posture exercises along with relaxation exercises to establish safe ways to work. She learned to sit up straight with her feet flat on the floor, keeping the computer screen at eye level. She also started a new healthier diet, lost weight, and trimmed back and rearranged her work hours. She stopped hunching over her screen and interspersed meetings with the time spent working on the computer.
Whatever your current challenge, your chiropractor may be able to help. Schedule an appointment and find out.