Back pain is a prevalent issue affecting millions of people around the world. Back pain can make even the simplest of tasks difficult – sitting at work, wearing a coat, standing for some time, or even getting in and out of a car. Back pain can start for many reasons, like heavy lifting, aging, pregnancy,…
Common Methods of Neck Pain Treament at the Chiropractor’s Office
Besides injury, most neck pain issues are caused by a sedentary lifestyle and heavy dependence on technology. Neck muscle strain usually results from bad posture or support, like sitting incorrectly at a desk. This lifestyle stresses the neck, and as people adjust their posture to compensate for the pain, they end up causing secondary pain in other body parts. It is advisable to visit the chiropractor as soon as the pain starts so that you can get substantial relief.
Neck pain treatment options from the chiropractor
At the office, the chiropractor will assist the patient in restoring a normal range of motion to the neck joints and alleviate the strain on neck muscles. By restoring normal movement, patients will experience a reduction in swelling and inflammation, less nerve pressure, and normal use. Patients will need to describe the location and severity of their pain to the doctor, as well as other symptoms like pain from head movement, headaches, and numbness in the arms.
The treatment plan to alleviate neck pain may combine spinal manipulation, manual therapy, and other options, depending on the patient's needs. Some of the spinal adjustment options from a chiropractor include:
Flexion-distraction method: This is a gentle, manual spinal adjustment. Rather than use direct force, the chiropractor will apply a pumping action on the intervertebral disc
Instrument-assisted manipulation: This adjustment involves the use of a handheld device to induce force without direct thrusts at the spine.
Spinal manipulation: This technique involves the application of a gentle thrusting method to free up joint restrictions.
Instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy: This option involves using special tools to diagnose and alleviate muscle tension.
The chiropractor will usually perform a neck adjustment, or cervical manipulation, manually to treat neck pain. Aside from manipulation, the doctor may include mobilization, manual joint stretching and resistance techniques, massage, or rehabilitative exercises to relax tense muscles and reduce the pain and other symptoms.
As patients undergo the chiropractic treatment plan, continual stretching and home exercises can prevent neck pain. Soft tissue massage can eliminate knots in the neck and shoulder muscles. Neck pain is not always localized. Pain caused by pinched nerves can radiate through the shoulder to the arm. Chiropractors can alleviate the discomfort by relieving pressure on the nerves and inducing muscle relaxation.
The effectiveness of chiropractic care for neck pain
Instead of using traditional prescription pain meds, visiting the chiropractor presents patients with a safe and non-addictive treatment alternative. Studies show that patients experiencing chronic pain can improve significantly by undergoing chiropractic adjustments. According to a literature review published in 2007 by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, researchers evaluated nine past clinical trials and discovered reliable evidence that people dealing with chronic neck pain saw improvements to their pain level after spinal manipulation. Also, all the participants continued to experience positive improvements up to 12 weeks after treatment.
A chiropractic treatment plan is based on your specific condition. Neck pain caused by injuries, accidents, or arthritis may require long-term care, while short-term care may be enough for pain caused by a pinched nerve or postural disorders. The best way to be sure is to book a consultation appointment with the chiropractor.
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