How Is Neck or Cervical Pain Treated? | Chiropractic Care

How Is Neck or Cervical Pain Treated? | Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors take a comprehensive approach
to treating neck or cervical pain. The first thing a chiropractor will do is
a very careful case history and examination not only of your neck but of your entire musculoskeletal
system. We want to understand how the rest of your
body is affecting your neck and what specific structures in your neck – vertebrae, nerves,
joints, and muscles – might be causing your pain. A chiropractor will do an orthopedic and neurological
exam, and once your chiropractor understands which structures are causing your pain or
discomfort there are many techniques available to treat it. The traditional chiropractic techniques involve
a very specific thrust applied to the vertebrae. In the cervical region you may hear a sound
that’s a little louder than other adjustments because it’s so close to your ear. But the adjustments are actually very gentle,
and patients report that there is no pain or usually very little pain associated with
these adjustments at all. Most patients report that they feel a tremendous
sense of relief right after the adjustment. And they’ll also report an increased range
of motion, decreased inflammation, and relaxation of the muscles. Chiropractors may also use other chiropractic
adjusting techniques that are more non-force or gentle to restore the normal motion of
the vertebrae or subluxations in the cervical spine. Chiropractors also employ a wide variety of
other modalities that they can incorporate into your sessions to reduce pain and inflammation. Chiropractors may use heat or ice applied
locally to the muscles. They may use ultrasound or cold laser. There are also stretching techniques and exercises
that they may recommend to restore the normal biomechanics of the cervical spine. Chiropractors will also advise you on postural
issues that may be affecting your spine. There are so many things we do every day from
carrying heavy handbags or backpacks on our shoulders, sitting at a computer for long
hours, or using handheld devices. Even sleeping positions, the choice of a pillow,
or how you sit when you read a book or watch TV can play a major role in not only causing
neck pain but also your recovery as well. It’s really important to follow any recommendations
your chiropractor makes for home care. The way you take care of your neck at home
can play a major role in how fast your neck recovers, but it also can play a major role
in preventing problems in the future.

13 comments on “How Is Neck or Cervical Pain Treated? | Chiropractic Care

  1. darxrogue Post author

    Am I the only one who reads "How a ChiroRaptor Treats Neck Or Cervical Pain"? I was expecting a dinosaour lol

  2. RomeoYouMust Post author

    Those reactions you talk about are just you feeling someone's touching your skin. You won't heal because someone's pressing your articulations, the body doesn't work that way.

  3. MacOSXpert Post author

    People are so stupid. I had problems with my hands/arms, they were burning and felt "arthiritis and carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms"-like.

    I went to SO many places to find out what was wrong with me and how to fix it- neurologists, hand doctors, etc.

    Then I was recommended a chiropractor- 5 minutes into my first chiropractor session, the pain stopped. I cried tears of joy, for over a year I had to bear excrutiating pain, spent hundreds of dollars trying to find the answer.
    Thank you, Chiro!!

  4. E. Rector Post author

    That's funny, because I went to chiropractors for years for my neck pain and they did nothing for me.

  5. 11jadestar Post author

    My chiropractor resolved my chronic neck pain in a few weeks. I had neck pain and st on and off for years, and thought I would have to live with it. It is completely gone. Now I just go periodically.


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