Neck pain (or cervicalgia) is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives. Neck pain can come in a variety of forms. Sometimes it can be a mild inconvenience that is barely noticeable. Other times the pain is so bad that it is completely debilitating and you can hardly move.
Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by numerous other spinal problems. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back, or pinching of the nerves emanating from the cervical vertebrae. Joint disruption in the neck creates pain, as does joint disruption in the upper back.
The head is supported by the lower neck and upper back, and it is these areas that commonly cause neck pain. The top three joints in the neck allow for most movement of your neck and head. The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back create a supportive structure for your head to sit on. If this support system is affected adversely, then the muscles in the area will tighten, leading to neck pain.
Studies consistently find that chiropractic adjustments are the most effective, safe, and appropriate choice for patients with neck pain. The greatest advantage chiropractic care has over all other forms of treatment for neck pain is that chiropractic treats the cause of back pain rather than only treating the symptoms. And we do it naturally, without drugs or surgery.
Chiropractic care and simple neck exercises done daily at home were much better at reducing pain than taking pain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, or even strong narcotics. It’s good news for patients that there’s something they can do themselves to take a more active role in their care — such as doing the exercises or visiting a chiropractor — instead of just swallowing a pill. The relief provided by either exercise or spinal manipulation by a chiropractor was long-lasting — even up to a year later, when researchers checked back in with the study’s participants.
Contrary to what you may think, don’t just rest! Treatment of neck pain has changed over the years. We now know that in most cases the sooner you get back to full activity the better. Even if your neck still hurts a bit, it doesn’t mean that neck pain is doing harm.
Exercise. Physical activity will get your blood flowing and your muscles moving. The neck needs to move. Stretching, movement from side to side, and aerobic activity to get the blood flow going are best. Studies also show that the longer your neck pain lasts, the less chance you will return to full activity. Prolonged rest may actually cause neck pain to worsen because your muscles will weaken with lack of movement or exercise. You can limit your activity, but do not stop it completely.
If you or someone you know would like to find out for yourself the enormous benefits of Chiropractic care for neck pain, contact Heil Chiropractic today at (763) 323-4855.