How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Neck Pain

Did you know that at any given time 10% of the world’s population is experiencing neck pain?

Neck pain can be caused by tight muscles, having a headache, and of course a misalignment in the spine. Muscles, ligaments, and your spine all work together to keep your head upright and to allow you to move your head around. The nerves that travel through your spine communicate messages to and from you brain to keep your body functioning at its best. If any of these pieces is not working as designed, dysfunction and pain can happen. Bad posture, bad ergonomics, stress, toxins (environments and what we put in our bodies) can all contribute to pain.

Our heads weigh approximately 10 pound. All of our structures are made to support this weight. With our heads forward just 30 degrees, the forces on the head now make it feel like it weighs 40 pounds! You’ve noticed the people around you looking down at their phones, books, tablets. This puts so much pressure on our necks, that it isn’t surprising neck pain is so common.

What can you do to help your neck pain?
First of all, get adjusted. This helps put everything in proper alignment so that when you add the component of retraining the muscles, you’re doing it when your body is at its best. Releasing pressure on the nerves will also make sure the body and brain are communicating the way they are designed.

Once your spine is in alignment, then it’s time to add muscle work. Stretches and exercises designed to help muscle balance is important.

There are also things you can do to help prevent further wear and tear. Hold your phones, books, etc. at eye level so that your neck is more in line with your body and not bent over. Use pillows that keep your neck in a neutral position. You don’t want your neck misaligned for several hours while you sleep. Be mindful of what you put in your body and make sure to drink lots of water. You can also find some way to reduce stress in your life. We’re all busy, but making time for yourself is key, whether it’s a hobby, medication, walking, reading (making sure to keep your neck neutral of course). All of these things together can make a difference if you’re one of the many people who suffer from neck pain.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Neck Pain

 The Mayo Clinic states that Acupuncture and Chiropractic are the top choices for non-drug relief of neck pain. Pain relief can be very different from one person to another. That is why the best treatment is often a combination of methods that are customized to your condition and use a multitude of different treatment modalities.1,2

Complementary and natural methods such as acupuncture, physical therapy and chiropractic can be used together to greatly reduce or eliminate pain. Our clinic provides all three of these approaches to pain relief.

 

 How about Cost Effective? You bet!

Doctors from The Harvard Medical School and a group of insurance companies were tasked to worked together to study the cost effectiveness of Chiropractic care. They found that both the clinical effectiveness, as well as the associated direct and indirect costs, chiropractic care is cost-effective.

In comparison to primary care physician treatment Chiropractic care is “far more valuable.” They found that choosing a Chiropractor to treat neck pain typically costs $302 less per year than treatment from a primary care physician and drug costs associated with care given from a primary care physician cause chiropractic care to create even more savings.2

Call our office to make an appointment with one of our doctors and find out just how much better you can feel without neck pain.

1Gross et al. (2015) Chochrane Database Systematic Review

2Choudhry and Milstein (2009) Mercer Report

3Houweling et al. (2015) Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 4Mayo Clinic Staff (July 26, 2016) Treating Pain: Overview



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