Neck Pain Demands Answers; Chiropractic Delivers
By Sandy Schroeder
Your neck is really nothing short of amazing. Seven small vertebrae constantly support your head, which may weigh as much as 12 pounds. At the same time, your neck allows your head to move in every direction.
But there are a lot of things that can impact this flexibility, often triggering intense pain.
Poor posture, stress, emotional tension, obesity, and weak abdominal muscles can all conspire to inflict pain. Long daily sitting sessions at work, accidents creating whiplash injuries, falls or normal aging with arthritis, degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis, can add pain.
If you or someone in your family has neck pain, relief may be as close as your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you.
When you come in, your chiropractor will ask when your pain started, if the pain fans out to other parts of your body, and what your normal activities are. Your range of motion, and shoulders, will be checked, and your medical history will be reviewed.
Overall, the goal will be to seek pain relief without using pain medications or surgery.
If it seems beneficial, an adjustment will be used to improve joint restrictions that may be creating dysfunctions, nerve irritations or immobility. The adjustment is the gentle application of a targeted movement to improve motion of the body’s spinal column and extremities. You may experience less stiffness and soreness in your neck, and greater ability to turn or tilt your head.
You may also feel more energetic, focused, or relaxed. Together, you and your chiropractor can put together an ongoing plan to continue to treat your neck pain and avoid any future injuries. Your chiropractor may also help to improve your posture, and evaluate your workplace ergonomics and work schedule. Loss of weight, stretching exercises, and more outside activities may also be encouraged.
In reviews of patients with chronic neck pain, the March/April 2007 Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported neck pain patients treated by chiropractors experienced significant pain relief after spinal adjustments.
If this sounds like the answer for you, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to get started. An affordable care program eliminates the need for insurance. Flexible evening and weekend hours make visits easy, and walk-in visits are welcome. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.