Recent studies have found more than 10% of Americans suffer from neck pain at any given time. The good news? Chiropractic care can help!
Neck Pain Causes
Some neck pain arises from acute injuries which can't be avoided, such as an automobile accident resulting in a whiplash-type injury. Other causes can be prevented and result from the use of "bad" or improper habits and techniques, such as poor posture and improper lifting. These other causes make up the majority of neck pain, and include:
- incomplete rehabilitation of past injuries
- lack of proper and periodic spinal alignments
- presence of cervical spine subluxations
- whiplash-type injuries
- improper workstation setup
- poor posture
- prolonged sitting
- prolonged use of non-ergonomically designed equipment
- excessive repetitive neck motions
- improper telephone techniques
- excessive mental stress
- physical inactivity
- poor diet and nutritional practices
Fortunately, most individuals suffering from neck problems will find chiropractic care extremely beneficial. Unlike prescription drugs, most chiropractic procedures address the cause of the majority of neck problems, not simply the symptoms. Best of all, chiropractic care is safe, natural, and noninvasive... no side effects allowed!
Chiropractic treatments for neck pain incorporate the use of many therapies, all of which are gentle, safe, natural and noninvasive! However, the true power of chiropractic care is found in the chiropractic adjustment - the most effective and essential treatment employed by the chiropractor. The reason? Quite simply, the spinal adjustment corrects the major problems that the majority of neck pain sufferers have.
In most cases of neck pain, the spinal components are almost always structurally misaligned and biomechanically faulty. In other words: the vertebrae and their supporting structures have lost their "optimal" positioning and their movements are occurring in a stressful manner. The only effective and long-term way to correct the structural malpositions and improper biomechanics is to realign the spinal segments and restore normalize motion. This is the job of the spinal adjustment. In addition to restoring positioning and motion, the spinal adjustment also produces a reflexive relief of pain and reduction in muscle spasm.
Other manual therapies such as massage, trigger point therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and acupressure therapy may be utilized to assist in the relaxation of cervical muscles and increase cervical spine mobility.
Physical therapies commonly used by physical therapies may also be employed and include hot and cold applications, muscle stimulation, interferential therapy, therapeutic ultrasound, and diathermy.
Diet and nutrition also play a key role in the health of the cervical spine. Without the proper nutrients, the cervical spine and rest of the body are less able to remain healthy and heal once injured. If you diet and nutritional status is poor, we can help get you on track with a selection of supplements and nutritional guidance.