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What Is a Neck Adjustment?

By Stepy Kamei

Do you know how chiropractic care can help treat, relieve, and even prevent neck pain? Many people remain unaware of the nature of chiropractic care, let alone the fact that it can impact the entire body in a beneficial manner. Those who do know about chiropractic care tend to believe that it only helps bring relief for back pain, but it can provide relief from all kinds of conditions, from joint stiffness to insomnia to neck pain. The last one, in particular, is achieved through neck adjustments. While this sounds like an intimidating procedure, the fact of the matter is that neck adjustments are not only extremely safe, but they are also very effective. Keep on reading to learn more about what a neck adjustment is, and how they can improve or even prevent neck aches and pains.

Chiropractic and Neck Health

In order to better understand what a neck adjustment can do for you, it first helps to know what exactly chiropractic care is.

Chiropractic care is a natural and holistic form of preventive healthcare. It does not rely on the use of tools, invasive procedures, or medications with potentially risky side effects. Instead, doctors of chiropractic are trained to examine the spinal column in order to seek out any subluxations, which are also known as misalignments, which may be causing feelings of pain, discomfort, or stiffness along the neck, shoulders, and lower back. When it comes to the health of the neck, chiropractors look specifically at the cervical spine, which sits at the base of the head. This particular area is prone to many misalignments, as it must be strong enough to support the head, yet remain flexible at the same time. The wear and tear of everyday life can create subluxations in this area. Left untreated, these misalignments can lead to chronic feelings of pain and tightness over time.

Once these misalignments are located, the doctor of chiropractic will be able to use manual manipulation techniques in order to gently yet effectively bring the spinal column back into its proper alignment. These techniques are very gentle and safe, and simply involve the use of the hands in order to realign the alignment of the cervical spine.

Preventing Neck Pain at Home

Fortunately, there are actions you can take in order to keep neck pain from being a common occurrence in your life. For starters, make sure you are living an active lifestyle and avoiding staying sedentary for too long. You may want to engage in a few minutes of yoga in the morning, or go for walks during your lunch break, in order to encourage circulation and flexibility throughout your spine.

While working, make sure any monitors you may be looking at are at eye level, so you are not craning your neck in uncomfortable and unnatural positions. As for sleeping, take the time to invest in pillows which support your neck while sleeping.

Come on in to The Joint Chiropractic clinic nearest you today to receive further guidance on how to relieve and prevent neck pain from interrupting your life.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spring, Tex.

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