Neck pain is one of the most common issues that we see in our office, and it’s often due to poor posture or just everyday activities. The good news is that chiropractic care can often help with neck pain by realigning your spine. We’ll discuss some of the possible benefits and risks in this article so you can decide if seeking out a chiropractor is right for you.
Why does neck pain happen?
Neck pain is a common problem that can result from a variety of causes. Some of these include poor posture, stress, and injury. Although it’s not as serious as some of the other issues surrounding neck pain, it should still be taken seriously and treated by a professional.
Boosting your body with chiropractic care will help alleviate your symptoms so you can get back to doing what matters most to you.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care for neck pain?
Chiropractic care can help people of all ages who have neck pain. You may be surprised to learn that chiropractic care can provide relief for:
- Neck pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Pinched nerves in the neck or upper back
How does it work?
Chiropractic (pronounced ky-roprak-tik) is a form of hands-on treatment that uses manual therapy, exercise and other therapies, such as therapeutic massage and nutritional counseling, to improve health conditions relating to your nervous system. Your nervous system controls key functions in your body, including how you feel and move. The spinal cord runs from the brain through the spine to various parts of your body; this is called central nervous system injury (CNS). The bones in the spine are called vertebrae; these also support organs such as kidneys and lungs within each vertebrae. Our bodies were designed with an amazing self-healing ability — but sometimes when we’re injured or sick it takes more than just time for our body’s natural ability at healing itself works properly again!
How do you know if you would benefit from chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is often a safe and effective treatment for neck pain. If you’re not sure if chiropractic care is right for you, consider the following questions:
- Are you dealing with chronic neck pain?
- Do your symptoms interfere with your ability to do things that are important to you? For example, do they make it hard for you to sleep at night or have time in the day when they bother you most?
- Are conventional treatments not helping your condition get better over time?
What should patients expect during a chiropractic adjustment?
During the examination, your doctor will take a detailed history of your symptoms, ask questions about your medical history (including any allergies or conditions that may require special care), and perform a physical exam. This includes feeling along your spine to determine if there are any areas of tenderness or stiffness, checking the mobility of each joint, and examining how well you can move in different positions.
If an adjustment is recommended for you to receive both during and after the visit, then it’s likely that you’ll be asked to lie on an exam table while the doctor performs this task. In most cases, adjustments are quick procedures (usually less than five minutes) that involve cracking or popping sounds as bones shift into place before being rubbed down with hands coated in oil or lotion for comfort reasons.
Afterward comes instructions on what exercises you should do at home between visits so that chronic pain doesn’t return once treatment has ended—these usually fall under categories like stretching/exercises for posture maintenance; heat/cold therapy options; modalities such as ultrasound therapy; massage therapy services; nutritional support plans designed by dietitians specializing in integrative medicine who understand what foods might cause inflammation from within due to certain allergies present within one’s system.”
Neck pain that is not caused by a serious injury, such as a car accident, can often be treated with chiropractic care.
Neck pain is often caused by the stress of daily activities or poor posture. Often, neck pain is treated with physical therapy and medications. However, chiropractic care can also be used to treat neck pain. Chiropractors use gentle manipulation of the spine to treat this condition, which helps relieve pain and improve function in some people with muscle spasms in the neck and upper back.
However, if you have persistent headaches that are not caused by an injury (such as whiplash), then your primary care doctor may recommend you see a neurologist instead of seeing a chiropractor.
If you have neck pain, it’s important to know that there are many different causes of neck pain and not all can be treated with chiropractic care. If you think that you would benefit from chiropractic care but cannot afford it, then contact your local hospital or medical insurance company. They may be able to help pay for visits with a certified doctor who specializes in treating this kind of problem.