Monday, 24 March 2014

Chiropractic and Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common complaint that can have serious effects, both long and short term, on health and well-being. The causes of neck pain are varied, as are the symptoms, and this is why the personalised treatment offered by chiropractic proves effective for large numbers of neck pain sufferers.


How a Chiropractor Approaches Neck Pain 

Chiropractic is a non-invasive, drug-free, holistic form of treatment and focusses on restoring the proper functioning relationship between the nervous system and spine, with the body’s bones, organs, joints, tissues and muscles. Chiropractic treatment is premised on the idea that mobility and flexibility can be restored to damaged or deteriorated joints and surrounding tissues and muscles through manipulation or adjustment of the affected area, and is concerned with restoring the proper alignment of the spine so that the body’s nervous system is able to function effectively and without irritation.

Therefore, a chiropractic consultation for neck pain will involve an examination and evaluation of your whole spine, not just the neck. Your chiropractor will also look at your posture and the range of motion you have, to see the ways in which these might be impacting upon you. In addition, your lifestyle, diet and exercise patterns will also be examined so as to determine the ways in which these may have contributed to your condition, as will your medical history. Chiropractic is highly personalised, and so your treatment will take into account all of these factors, as well as the specifics of your complaint.

Chiropractic treatment for neck pain may include manual treatment, which might be a combination of chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy. Chiropractic adjustments involve a gentle, painless directed force being applied to a joint that is experiencing restricted movement in order to help it to regain its normal motion. During a neck adjustment (also known as cervical manipulation), a popping noise might be heard, which is trapped pockets of gas or air being released in the joint, but this is a very gentle process and should not cause any discomfort.

Soft tissue therapy, usually involving chiropractic massage, is used to release tension from the muscles around the affected area so that normal movement and activity is restored. Trigger point therapy is another technique that might be used in addressing neck pain, where the taut bands that develop within muscles and cause pain and discomfort are gently massaged, rectifying the chemical imbalance that created the trigger point and decreasing the tension, which enables the muscle’s normal functions to be resumed.

Chiropractic treatment may also involve rehabilitation exercises designed to help you regain flexibility and return to a flexible, pain-free posture, as well as advice and guidance on how to maintain your proper posture so that further deterioration is avoided.

Neck pain can be successfully addressed through a course of chiropractic treatment
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