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Posted on 05-26-2016
How Do Chiropractic Adjustments Help My Neck Pain
Most of us know what it’s like to have neck pain—whether it’s after a long surf session, pinching the phone between the head and shoulder, bird watching, or from a weekend project working around the house. There are many causes of neck pain, but the question of the month is, how do chiropractic adjustments help neck pain? Let’s take a look!
Chiropractic, when broken down into its fundamental Greek derivatives, means “to practice by hand”. The technique most often associated with chiropractic is spinal manipulation where a thrust is applied to specific vertebrae in the spine, which does several things: 1) It restores mobility in an area with restricted movement; 2) It stimulates the sensory “neuroreceptors” in joint capsules, which has a muscle relaxing reflex and pain relieving effect; 3) It can affect surrounding neurological structures in certain parts of the spine such as the parasympathetic (cranial & sacral regions) and sympathetic (mid-back) nervous systems, which can have beneficial effects on the digestive system, cardiovascular system, and other body systems not typically thought about when seeking chiropractic care.
Joint manipulation is not new, as it can be traced back to as early as 400 BC. The profession of chiropractic began in the later 1800s and has grown in popularity ever since. There is now an overwhelming body of evidence that supports spinal manipulation as both a safe and highly effective treatment for neck and back pain, headaches, and many other musculoskeletal complaints.
It’s important to note that there are many different types of manual therapies that chiropractors utilize when caring for neck pain patients. There are low force techniques that do NOT produce the “crack” that is frequently associated with chiropractic adjustments. In many cases, I utilize a combination of manipulation as well as “trigger point therapy” (applying sustained pressure over tight “knots” in muscles), depending on a patient's needs. As well as teaching exercises that can be performed to help stabilize the neck so that painful neck episodes happen less frequently.
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