Most people do not realize how much they move their neck during the day until they are unable to do so. The degree of flexibility of the neck, coupled with the fact that it has the least amount of muscular stabilization and it has to support and move your 14 – 16 pound head, means that the neck is very susceptible to injury. You can picture your neck and head much like a bowling ball being held on top of a stick by small, thin, elastic bands. It doesn’t take much force to disrupt that delicate balance. Most neck and upper back pain are caused by a combination of factors, including injury, poor posture, chiropractic subluxations, stress, and in some instances, disc problems.
Chiropractic care is an ideal form of treatment for those who are suffering from neck pain. Chiropractors aim to align the spine through manual manipulation and other complementary alternative methods in an effort to heal the body without surgery or medication. It can be used in tandem with conventional medicinal methods to heal tissue and restore mobility, especially after a trauma to the body. By using specific adjustments to vertebrae, this takes pressure off the affected area to stimulate nerve flow. A properly aligned spine ensures that all bodily ligaments, tissues and organs can receive proper nerve flow for natural healing and relieving pain.
Can Chiropractic Care Help With Neck Pain?
Neck pain can be debilitating and affect every single moment of a person’s day, causing loss of wages, uncomfortable days, and sleepless nights. A person experiencing neck pain often reaches for a bottle of pain reliever and an ice pack to ease the symptoms. But there is a better, non-addictive, holistic approach to treating neck pain. A chiropractor can make adjustments on a person’s spine, mitigating the neck pain and re-aligning the patient’s body. This chiropractic care leads to better pain management in the neck than pills or ice packs can offer.
What Causes Neck Pain
The neck is an integral part of your body. Containing seven vertebrae which are connected by tendons, muscles, and ligaments, your neck serves as a bridge between your head and the rest of your body. With such an important job, there are several things that can go wrong in regards to your neck. Neck pain is caused by a variety of situations, including poor posture, sleeping in a strange position, stress, or an injury or accident. The pain can seem insignificant at first, like a dull throbbing, or it can present itself as a harsh, stabbing, needle like pain. Unfortunately, sometimes the original cause of the neck pain will never be found.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
Because of its importance to your body, any pain in your neck can be serious, whether it is dull and unpronounced, or sharp and sudden. If a person is in an accident or experiences a jarring to the body, they may clearly understand why their neck hurts. But other times, the pain in the neck is more subtle and mysterious.
Some common symptoms of neck pain include:
- Abrupt sharp pains
- Inability to move neck freely, stiffness
- Dull pain or soreness
- Shooting pain that radiates down shoulders, arms, hands
How A Chiropractor Can Improve Neck Pain
Although sometimes patients resort to pain relievers, toughing it out, or even surgery, a chiropractor is very effective in reducing neck pain. A chiropractor appointment is an effective way to deliver an adjustment to a patient, re-aligning their body in a non-invasive way. The adjustment is meant to reduce inflammation and create space for a patient’s body and neck to move freely. By increasing range of motion and working on the acute problem in the neck, a chiropractor can also aid a patient with overall health. The patient should experience improved joint mobility and range of motion. Additionally, the inflammation in the patient’s neck area should reduce significantly, allowing the patient to return to an active lifestyle.
Choosing a chiropractor to aid your neck pain will offer a non-invasive holistic approach to the problem. If the problem is more long-term, a series of appointments over the course of several months will alleviate the neck pain. Other times, patients can find relief after just one or two appointments. No matter which type of neck problem that you have, choosing a non-surgical, more holistic approach to your health will get you back to your old self in no time.
Harbourside Chiropractic In Jupiter Florida
Harbourside Chiropractic and Rehabilitation has been Jupiter Florida’s first choice for Chiropractic Care, comprehensive Physical Therapy and overall wellness since 2011. Dr. Brogna and the staff at Harbourside Chiropractic provide their clients with the most advanced non-surgical options to eliminate lingering pain issues, heal injuries, increase athletic performance or simply just feel better in their overall health.
At Harbourside Chiropractic and Rehabilitation chiropractic care is often combined with physical therapy and massage therapy techniques to help relieve the musculoskeletal complaint as quickly and easily as possible with the minimum amount of discomfort for the patient. Dr. Brogna uses a procedure called a “spinal manipulation” to correct these misalignments. The manipulation restores joint mobility by applying a force into the joints that have become “stuck” or “restricted.” This force restores their proper movement and allows healing to occur. Oftentimes these misalignments occur due to a number of different circumstances. It can be an injury, stress, or even poor posture. This misalignment can start with a specific activity like lifting something too heavy to repetitive stresses such as sitting in an awkward position with poor posture for an extended period of time. The injured joint/tissue/muscle undergoes changes when injured including inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the person suffering. Manipulation of the affected joint and tissue restore mobility which alleviates pain and muscle tightness allowing the joint/tissue/muscle to then heal.