When Neck Pain Takes Over Your Chiropractor May Help
Pain is never funny, but the way we handle can be fairly hysterical. I have known several people who just decided they were not going to include pain in their lives, and went right ahead with whatever they were doing. Of course, as most of us know, that never works for too long.
One friend of mine with a lot of job responsibilities lived through one of these pain versus person fights recently. But for awhile she was barely making it. She worked long hours and when she finally did shut down for the day she trudged home and tried to treat the neck pain that just kept cropping up.
Hot baths, cold packs, and massages helped some, but just when she began to feel like she was escaping the pain it would come back full force.
Visiting the chiropractor
Finally she went to see her physician, and a chiropractor. Both were able to help and a plan was formulated that took awhile but worked.
Together, the doctor, patient and chiropractor worked out a treatment plan. A round of visits also called for some adjustments to her workplace and her posture.
She learned to sit up straight with her feet flat on the floor and her computer screen at eye level. She also started at home posture exercises, and changed all of the leisure screen time that found her flopped out on the floor and hunched over her phone or her laptop. Putting work and leisure together she was inflicting a lot of bad posture on her neck.
If you look around lots of us are hunched over screens and pushing our luck with the possibility of similar neck pain.
Poor posture and weak abdominal muscles can change the spine causing the neck to bend forward. Chronic neck pain might also show up in the upper back and the arms.
During the visit to the chiropractor spinal adjustments may help locate the pain and then time is spent reviewing medical history, symptoms and daily work patterns. A neck adjustment, which is a cervical manipulation, is used to improve flexibility and improve range of motion. The patient generally shows an improved ability to turn and tilt the head, and a lessening of pain, soreness, and stiffness.
Overall the patient and the chiropractor work toward the end goal of normal motion, return to a regular schedule and pain relief without medications or surgery. In my friend’s case she was able to keep her normal workload going, and even head out for some weekend getaways. Neck pain was no longer the dominant player in her life.
If you have similar concerns about neck pain, posture and workplace conditions, make an appointment with your chiropractor for some good answers.