Chiropractic therapy works for many issues involving the neck. Our necks have a heavy job to do by holding up our head, which can weigh on average 12 pounds, on relatively small bones, or vertebrae. Having neck pain can cause people to be unproductive at work, feel stressed, or in a bad mood due to constant pain. Sometimes you just wake up with a stiff neck but there are many reasons for having pain in the neck.
Most people with neck pain often turn to chiropractic care for help. Some believe chiropractors not only relieve pain but always address the cause of their aches. During your first chiropractic visit, the doctor will perform an exam to locate the source of your pain. Be prepared to answer these questions about your symptoms:
- When did the pain start?
- What have you done for your neck pain?
- Does the pain radiate or travel to other parts of your body?
- Does anything reduce the pain or make it worse?
Chiropractors evaluate the best treatment options for neck pain and know when one needs the care of a different specialist. If there is numbness down into the shoulder, arm, or leg, it is advisable to consider seeking further treatment because it could be due to an injured a spinal cord or herniated disk. Other conditions, such as fibromyalgia or arthritis, can result in neck pain.
Chiropractic therapy may not work if the neck pain is accompanied by fever, vomiting, headache or if you find yourself wincing at sunlight. It could be an indication of meningitis, a serious infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
For neck pain treatment, in particular, a chiropractic neck adjustment, or cervical manipulation, loosens up the joints of the cervical vertebrae in the neck and reduces pain caused by pinched nerves and muscle spasms.
Chiropractors use their hands to relieve muscle, joint, and nerve pain by adjusting the spine and joints. The chiropractor uses their hands to apply controlled but sudden pressure to a joint, pushing the joint beyond the range in which it usually moves. The therapy may also loosen up joints that move painfully or poorly because of tissue damage or scarring caused by repetitive stress or trauma.
By restoring movement in the joints, chiropractic therapy provides neck pain treatment that seeks to fix the cause of the ache and not just treat its symptoms. The no-surgery, no-drug approach may be the perfect solution, making it a favorite for many.
It is always a good choice to see a chiropractor for neck pain if one is aware of an abnormal motion that caused the neck pain such as lifting, falling or a whiplash from being involved in a car accident. Such injuries often result in muscles to become overextended and the vertebra in our neck to shift out of alignment.
A chiropractor realigns the vertebra and restores normal motion in the neck through chiropractic therapy. Chiropractic services and more can be found at Hooper-Thurston Elite Chiropractic center.