One of the main reasons people seek out chiropractic treatment is for chronic neck pain. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health Statistics, neck pain is the second most common form of pain in America, following back pain. Studies predict that over three-quarters of Americans will be afflicted with it at some point during their lives. Typical causes of neck pain include:
o Injury and accidents, such as whiplash from a car crash
o Growing older
o Spinal stenosis, which causes the tiny nerve pathways to grow narrow, trapping nerve roots
o Degenerative disc disease, which will reduce the elasticity of your vertebrae disks
o Daily life habits, such as poor posture and weak abdominal muscles
How Does Chiropractic Therapy Help Treat Neck Pain?
Chiropractic practitioners utilize their hands to help treat joint, muscle, and nerve discomfort by gently adjusting your joints and spine. These adjustments involve the chiropractor using controlled by sudden force to a joint and pushing it beyond its typical range. This loosens up the poorly-moving joint.
For neck pain, chiropractic experts will use a treatment called cervical manipulation, commonly referred to as chiropractic neck adjustments. This will help to loosen up the joints of the cervical vertebrae within your neck and can reduce pain caused by muscle spasms or pinched nerves. They will twist your neck sharply to effectively (and painlessly) snap your vertebrae back into alignment.
What Should I Expect During My Chiropractic Treatment?
Before the adjustment, you will meet with our chiropractor to discuss your medical history and the neck pain symptoms that you have been experiencing. Additionally, you will undergo a physical examination so that our Chicago chiropractor can determine any specific areas that might need additional attention or treatment. Other tests, such as an X-ray, may be performed as needed to ensure all of your concerns are being addressed.
Our chiropractor will develop a plan custom-tailored to correct the root cause of your neck pain and treat all of the symptoms that you have been experiencing.
During the adjustment, you will lie down on a chiropractic table, sit, or stand depending upon where your problem areas are located. The chiropractor will use innovative tools or their hands to apply forceful motions to your joints in order to move them back into their proper location. This correct positioning of your joints will reduce your neck pain symptoms.
After the procedure, you may experience some mild discomfort, such as fatigue, stiffness, or a headache. Resting, drinking plenty of water, and taking a hot bath can help reduce these side effects.
If you are experiencing chronic neck pain, chiropractic treatment may be right for you. Schedule an appointment today and start down the path to a pain-free life!