Neck pain is one of the most common complaints people have nowadays. Some causes of neck pain include muscle strain, nerve compression as well as other injuries. It is rare for neck pain to appear as a symptom of a more serious illness.
If taking over the counter pain medication doesn’t solve your problem, then it is time to try and use natural methods of pain relief. Our chiropractors have helped treat numerous cases where a pain in the neck is the presenting problem.
Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain
Chiropractic care is a nonsurgical treatment option that may help reduce your neck pain and related symptoms. Listed below are some of the different types of neck (cervical) conditions that Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) treat:
- Cervical intervertebral disc injuries that don’t require surgery
- Cervical sprain injuries
- Degenerative joint syndrome of the neck (eg, facet joints)
- Facet joint sprain
How Does a Chiropractor Diagnose Neck Pain?
Your chiropractor will evaluate your spine as a whole because other regions of the neck (cervical), mid back (thoracic) and low back (lumbar) may be affected as well. Along with treating the spine as a whole, chiropractors treat the “whole person,” not just your specific symptoms. He or she may educate you on nutrition, stress management, and lifestyle goals in addition to treating your neck pain.
As well as manipulating the spine, we will be able to recommend any necessary exercises as well as advice on proper posture. As is the case with any treatment, it is important to turn up for future appointments as it will take a number of sessions to firstly correct the problem, and secondly to help strengthen the affected area, in order to achieve long lasting results. You can also do some neck exercises at home but be sure to ask your chiropractor about it.
Chiropractic Neck Exercises
Part of a routine initial chiropractic office visit for neck pain, tension headaches or poor posture involves your chiropractor teaching you simple neck exercises to reduce your discomfort. As part of your treatment plan, your chiropractor will instruct you to perform exercises on a regular basis to achieve optimal results. You don’t need to wait until you’re in pain to perform these exercises, though. Perform neck exercises as a preventive measure to stretch, strengthen and stabilize your neck muscles.
Side Bending Stretch
Perform the side-bending stretch to relax tight neck muscles that may be causing neck and shoulder discomfort, tension headaches or poor posture. Gently tilt your head and neck to the right, so that your right ear slowly moves toward your right shoulder. Keep your chin centered with your neck’s midline so that your head does not rotate to your right or your left. When you have reached your lateral flexion end range of motion, you should feel a gentle stretch on the left side of your neck.
If you want to know more about how chiropractic treatment can help neck pain, watch this video.