Posted on Feb 14, 2011 | Comments 1
Neck pain is a common condition that many people experience at some point in their lives. Women experience more pain when compared to men – i.e. 15% of women and 10% of men. The first thing that most people consider in neck pain is pain medications, but they pose various side effects.
Chiropractic treatment for neck pain along with spinal adjustments, spinal manipulations and ultrasound is non-invasive and drug-free therapy.
When you visit a chiropractor, the first thing he wants to know is the duration and intensity of the pain. Sometimes, pain is merely a mild nuisance, but severe pain can lead to serious impairment of your everyday activities.
Usually, mild to moderate pain is short-term result of improper posture or inattention while performing the daily activities, whereas, severe pain is the result of congenital defect such as scoliosis, an injury from a recent accident or progressive age-related deterioration.
Chiropractic treatment for neck pain mainly consists of spinal manipulations and spinal adjustments. This therapy includes chiropractor using his or her hands to treat subluxations. Subluxations occur when one or more vertebra move out of position. This condition creates pressure and irritation near the spinal nerves.
Spinal adjustments and spinal manipulations can fix subluxations, increase circulation, relieve pain in your soft tissues, and stimulate your body’s nervous system. These treatments are not painful. Chiropractic treatment for neck pain is precise and gentle.
Chiropractors use same diagnostic indicators as medical practitioners to differentiate types of neck problems. The usage of indicators and what happens during a cervical adjustment helps to increase knowledge of the indications and restrictions of chiropractic care for neck conditions.
Therapists don’t twist your neck or perform painful maneuvers. Adjustments and manipulations performed by the therapist in a precise or gentle manner.
Also, chiropractors use ultrasound in treating neck pain. It works by helping to increase blood circulation, which again reduces stiffness, swelling, and painful muscle spasms. Ultrasound machine produces sound waves and are released deep into the muscle tissues and they create a gentle therapeutic heat.
If you cannot get any relief with spinal manipulations, spinal adjustments or ultrasound, then your therapist recommends using an ice pack on your neck to further control the inflammation. You can get this cold therapy at your home and it acts as a wonderful supplement to chiropractic treatment for neck pain.
Once you get relief from neck pain with chiropractic treatment, then your therapist can recommend you diet, exercise, or changes in your lifestyle to increase your range of motion, prevent painful relapses and strengthen muscles.
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