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Fighting Neck Pain? Chiropractic Can Help

By Sandy Schroeder

Seventy percent of us will deal with neck pain at some point in our lives. If you are struggling with neck pain now, your doctor and your chiropractor can help. 

Harvard Health says the first step is to identify your symptoms to decide what is wrong and what is needed. Here are the most common symptoms.

Muscle spasms tighten muscles - You may wake up with a stiff neck with knotted muscles. Muscle spasms may be triggered by muscle injury, nerve problems, severe stress or response to a spinal disc.

A dull aching headache - The pain may be in the back of the head and upper neck. It usually stems from muscle spasms or tension. 

Trigger point muscle pain - Ongoing emotional or physical stress or overloads may create hard painful knots with an aching sore neck and shoulders.

Nerve pain - Pins and needles or sharp pain can stem from irritation or pinching of spinal nerves. Pain may travel down the arm into the hand.

Pain that travels - Referred pain is triggered by a problem in another part of the body. Heart issues or eating problems can trigger neck pain.

Bone pain - Pain in the cervical vertebrae can create serious neck pain that may need medical treatment.

Facet joint pain - Sharp aching pain in the facet joints, which are part of the vertebrae in the neck, may be arthritic and may spread to the shoulders and upper back.

Seeking Solutions

Your chiropractor can help you identify your symptoms and what should be done. The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you staffs a wellness center that is well equipped to help you seek pain relief and wellness. The Joint's doctors of chiropractic help individuals find answers for wellness, health and fitness every day.

When you come in, your chiropractor will assess your neck pain, and review your normal routine and health history.

A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may provide far-reaching pain relief and an overall sense of well-being. Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may provide ongoing pain relief. Together, you, your doctor and your chiropractor may create an overall treatment plan and monitor progress.

I have watched many friends and family members discover the many benefits of chiropractic treatment. It may start with neck or back pain, and continue on from there, becoming a wellness resource for the whole family.

When you are ready to get started, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Affordable personal health care plans and packages eliminate the hassle of insurance. Convenient weekend and evening hours are available. No appointments are needed.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Caldwell, N.J.

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