Neck Pain Treatment: Is chiropractic a suitable option for you?
The cervical spine, often known as the neck in anatomical terminology, is the most crucial and vulnerable portion of the spinal column. The neck is made up of seven distinct vertebrae that vary in form and size. The cervical spine's principal function is to offer flexibility and mobility, to protect the brainstem, spinal cord, nerves, and blood vessels, and to support the weight of the head.
Neck pain is a very frequent condition in population, and there are several factors that might contribute to or cause neck pain. Whiplash, trauma, poor posture, muscle strain, ligament and tendon damage, joint sprain, inflammation, spinal misalignment, disc injury or degenerative disc disease, infection, incorrect sleeping position, or arthritis are some of the documented causes.
Every day, people seek neck pain therapy from Chiropractors and other musculoskeletal doctors and specialists. Aside from lower back pain, it is without a doubt the most common clinical presentation we face in practice.
NECK PAIN TREATMENT OPTIONS?
While there are many medical or complementary neck pain care approaches, we have concentrated on non-invasive therapies, which you may learn more about below.
Specific manual adjustments (spinal manipulation) are made to constrained joints during spinal manipulation for neck pain in order to enhance total joint alignment, flexibility, and movement as well as to reduce pain.
Joint mobilisation is for those who dislike manual adjustment or during acute episodes of pain where, joint mobilisation is a more gentle therapy that is frequently employed.
Cervical distraction and traction therapy as a sort of joint mobilisation that gently stretches the spine's joints, distraction and traction treatment is a particularly useful method for neck pain issues, Scoliosis, post traumatic injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and other joint-related conditions.
Cervical Biophysics is a cervical spinal correction process used to restore biomechanical dysfunction and deformities in the neck.
Postural correction & strengthening exercises are two activities that can help with musculoskeletal issues that are underlying, with your chiropractor being able to subscribe, monitor and tailor those exercises for each individual patient.
Flexibility exercises & stretches are an excellent way to improve overall flexibility, release tension and support mobility. Most exercises and stretches are tailored to busy modern lives and easily integrate into your daily routine.
Activator Technique or Impulse Mobilisation Therapy (hand-held instruments) is used to facilitate improved joint mobility and is appropriate for all persons and levels of severity.
Cervical drop-piece technique is a gentle therapy that may be used for a variety of reasons. Commonly this technique is used for individuals that require rehabilitation of their cervical spine curvature.
MASSAGE & MYOTHERAPY
Certain myotherapy and remedial massage techniques may be required to aid healing and rehabilitation depending on the particular cause of your neck pain. Practitioners use a range of treatments, including effleurage, trigger point therapy, cupping, ischemic compression, and others such as Dry Needling, to relieve muscular and soft tissue spasm and, of course, pain.
EXERCISE & PHYSIOTHERAPY
Exercises are an excellent approach to aid healing and shorten recovery times in many situations of neck discomfort. Generally, flexibility exercises are recommended at first. Once the discomfort has subsided, the next step is to rebuild the compromised neck muscle.
Neck pain and Chiropractic Research?
Cervical spine manipulation and stretching techniques resulted in comparable improvements in neck pain symptoms highlighting their benefits as a viable neck pain treatment option. Hurwitz, E et al (2002). A randomized trial of Chiropractic Manipulation and Mobilisation for patients with neck pain: Clinical outcomes from the UCLA neck-pain study. American Journal of Public Health, 92(10); 1634 – 1641
Chronic neck pain sufferersdemonstrated greater outcomes following a combination of spinal manipulation and strengthening based exercisescompared to spinal manipulation alone. Bronfort, G et al (2001). A randomized clinical trial of exercise and spinal manipulation for patients with chronic neck pain. Spine, 26(7); 788 – 797
Statistically significant improvements were noted in overall pain and disability following Chiropractic neck pain treatment. McMorland, G et al (2000). Chiropractic management of mechanical neck and low back pain: A retrospective, outcome based analysis. Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics, 23(5); 307 – 311
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