When Your Neck Says Enough, See Your Chiropractor
By Sandy Schroeder
Most of us just keep moving when neck pain surfaces. There are deadlines to hit, meetings to attend, and more work to finish. Later, when we go home, physical tasks may irritate the neck again as we lift kids, do laundry, or whip up dinner.
But neck pain seldom shows up overnight, according to Zacharia Isaac MD, Director Comprehensive Spine Care Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.
Isaac says neck pain usually develops over time, powered by arthritis or degenerative disease, and is worsened by poor posture, weak muscles, stress or lack of sleep.
Pinpointing the Problem
Finding out where you stand with your neck pain could be as simple as visiting The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint staff of licensed chiropractors specializes in helping people seek pain relief without medications or surgery.
When you come in, your chiropractor will make sure there are no serious symptoms, such as radiating pain, limb numbness, fever or weight loss, that need prompt medical attention.
Then, if an adjustment seems beneficial, it will be done in an open bay area on a special table. The adjustment is accomplished through the gentle application of a targeted movement to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities.
You may experience pain relief, along with other benefits such as more alertness, energy, or relaxed sensations. You and your chiropractor can evaluate your results and talk about what should come next.
You may choose weekly 15-minute adjustments to continue the momentum, or another pattern of treatment. As your pain recedes, your chiropractor will be monitoring your progress, and suggesting ways to protect your neck in the future.
Improve Ergonomics – Prop up your tablet. Use a headset for your work phone. Keep your computer monitor at eye level.
Move Around – At work and at home, do not plant yourself in one position too long, bending over a tablet, or glued in front of a computer.
Tailor Glasses – If you use glasses for reading, ask your ophthalmologist for a computer prescription tailored for your computer monitor to reduce hunching forward.
The Joint Chiropractic may be the resource you need to solve neck pain or other joint issues. Stop by your local clinic to find out how easy it is. An affordable care program eliminates the need for insurance. Extended weekend and evening hours are available, and no appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.