How Chiropractic Neck Treatments Stand Above the Rest
Neck pain is becoming a more widespread issue, as so many of us spend so much time hunched over phones and other screens.
Helping to find pain relief and effective posture solutions can easily start with you chiropractor. In fact, recent reports say the chiropractic results are often more satisfactory than other choices.
Neck Treatment Comparisons
In a study funded by NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine to test the effectiveness of different approaches for treating mechanical neck pain, 272 participants were divided into three groups that received either spinal manipulative therapy from a chiropractor, pain medication as over-the-counter pain relievers, narcotics and muscle relaxants or exercise recommendations.
After 12 weeks, about 57 percent of those who met with chiropractors and 48 percent who exercised, reported at least a 75 percent reduction in pain, compared to 33 percent of the people in the medication group. After one year, approximately 53 percent of the drug-free groups continued to report at least a 75 percent reduction in pain; compared to just 38 percent pain reduction among those who took medication. These results were reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Visit Your Chiropractor & See How It Works
In your first visit, the chiropractor will use a spinal adjustment to evaluate spinal health. Then a discussion of current pain and current daily activities will follow along with a complete review of medical history. The chiropractor’s goal will be to seek to achieve pain relief without medication or surgery.
If you are having neck pain, the chiropractor may ask about your workstation setup. Is your computer monitor at eye level? Do you use a headset for your phone? Do you keep touch screen tablets at an angle, instead of bending over yours? Do you spend long periods of time in hobbies like woodworking or knitting and sewing? Then the chiropractor may talk about the importance of having even support in your mattress and not using too many pillows.
There may also be advice about protecting the neck when you watch TV and not using the arm of the couch as a headrest. It can also mean taking frequent breaks when you have fixed position tasks.The chiropractor may suggest relaxation techniques and losing weight too. As you learn more good ways to protect your neck, there will be other suggestions to avoid future injuries and stay active.
In the cases that I have seen, ongoing chiropractic treatment made the difference in immediate and long term results. Make an appointment now and find out more.