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Neck Pain & Chiropractic Therapy

For many who work in front of a computer all day, the neck is a part of the body that can begin to show signs of mild annoyance and stiffness. A chiropractic case study looked at one such modern office worker, a graphic designer in his 40’s. Due to uncomfortable feelings and a stiffness in his neck, he decided to consult with a chiropractor and received the following recommendations:

Moist heat, massage, and exercise - sitting for 8 hours a day and even longer when overtime hours, sitting during the commute, and sitting at home are factored in, is a perfect prescription for back and neck pain. By applying moist heat in the form of a compress to the back and neck, relief to stiffness can be found.

By taking a washcloth soaked in water and microwaving it for about a minute, a moist, hot compress can be easily made. Massage also helps to relax and loosen tight muscles. Seeking out a certified masseuse is effective but self-massage or receiving it from a loved one can reduce costs.

By engaging in any form of physical activity to break up the monotony of constant sitting experienced by the body, the tight muscles of the neck and back are given a chance to move and release stiffness.

Neck manipulation should provide immediate relief - if chiropractic care like a neck adjustment doesn’t lead to immediate reduction of painful symptoms, it is best to stop that form  of therapy. In some cases, patients will feel an increased tightness or stiffness after having their neck adjusted by a chiropractor and this is an indication that a different approach to treatment should be taken. For neck pain, patience and perseverance aren’t recommended. Neck adjustment should be instant gratification, not a gradual course of uncomfortable treatments hoping for future relief.

If middle-aged, check with a physician for bone density loss - for people in the middle of their lives, it is not uncommon for them to experience some form of bone density loss, known as osteoporosis, which can cause a compression of spinal vertebrae leading to neck and back pain. This may be due to a calcium deficiency, and can be reversed by taking dietary supplements or making a conscious discussion to include more calcium rich foods in the diet. Contrary to popular belief eating more dairy isn’t necessary for more calcium. In fact, many dark green vegetables like kale and broccoli have high calcium contents.

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