Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain
It has been estimated that as many as 75% of all Americans will be bothered by neck pain at some time during their lives. The Medical Clinics of North America consider it to be the fourth leading cause of disability in this country, and the National Institute of Health Statistics has declared that neck pain is the second most common type of pain troubling US citizens.
There are seven delicate vertebrae that make up the cervical spine or the neck area, and these vertebrae are responsible for your head movements from side to side and front to back. Whenever any of these seven bones are misaligned, it can result in significant neck pain for an individual. Skilled chiropractors are adept at diagnosing when there is any kind of misalignment among these vertebrae, and have the knowledge and experience to administer appropriate chiropractic treatment for neck pain.
How chiropractic care relieves neck pain
Chiropractic experts are specialists at providing non-invasive, safe techniques that will help restore any misaligned cervical vertebrae, so that neck pain can be relieved. Before performing any kind of treatment, they will consult with you about your medical history, perform a complete physical examination, and they may also take x-rays or MRIs so as to pinpoint the source of the problem you’re experiencing. They will also discuss with you your daily activity levels and the normal habits associated with your lifestyle. This will give them a fuller picture of your total body health, so they’ll be able to create a personalized program of treatment that will address your specific circumstances.
Chiropractic care for the neck
A skilled chiropractor can perform cervical manipulations on the joints of the neck, and thus manipulate the spine back into its proper alignment. This will relieve pressure on neighboring nerves and tissue, and help the body to recover its normal functionality. The patient will immediately experience less pain because the pressure on nerves has been relieved, and there will also be improved mobility and range of motion.
This treatment might also relieve any headaches or migraines that the patient has been having which were due to cervical spine issues. In addition to the cervical manipulations, a skilled chiropractor may employ a number of additional treatments to bring about significant pain relief for the patient:
- Stretches and exercises – a good chiropractor knows exactly which exercises and stretches will be most beneficial to relieve any pain you’re experiencing, so he/she will recommend exercises personalized to your needs.
- Cryotherapy/Heat treatment – alternating heat therapy and cryotherapy will help to soften the musculature of the neck and increase blood flow in the area. This will encourage healing and cold therapy will help to reduce inflammation, thus bringing about additional pain relief.
- Traction therapy – this treatment strategy makes use of traction so as to stretch and realign the vertebral column, and to create a little more space between vertebrae. This helps to reverse the effects of gravity in terms of pressure on the spine, and it can do wonders to realign the vertebrae of the spine into proper position.
If you are suffering from any kind of neck pain give us a call at (201) 273-9950 or fill out our form online to schedule an exam and consultation to see how we can help reduce any pains you are feeling.