Neck Pain? See a Chiropractor
Neck pain is one of the worst pains you could experience, especially given how you depend on your neck to support your head. The average human adult head weighs 10 to 11 pounds, and all of that weight is held by the bones in the neck.
It's never possible to give your neck total rest because of the constant need to move and support your head. While some neck pain can be associated with an injury, other neck pain is the result of normal wear and tear and also the position of the neck during sleep. In nearly all of these cases, chiropractic care can help correct the position of the bones in the spine relieving the pain you are feeling.
Chiropractic care for neck pain requires the chiropractor to form a personalized care plan to address the specific needs of each patient. Oftentimes, the chiropractor completes this plan by reviewing x-rays or MRIs, manually checking the spine through palpation, posture and range of motion, and asking in detail about the symptoms you are experiencing.
When you visit a chiropractor for neck pain, you need to report other symptoms as well, even if you don’t feel they are related. Other symptoms, such as arm numbness or tingling, headaches, shoulder pain, gastrointestinal upset and even anxiety, can help the chiropractor to determine which areas of the spine are misaligned.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published a review of chiropractic clinical studies, which determined that out of nine different clinical trials, all groups experienced continued pain relief for at least 12 weeks after the trial ended. This is remarkable when you think about the fact that chiropractic care addressed a variety of conditions causing neck pain.
One reason for the long-term effects of chiropractic care is that the chiropractor doesn’t focus only on finding a way to provide immediate relief. Instead, the doctor addresses the need for correction, for the entire spinal column to be in good alignment to improve overall health. As the adjustments and treatment plan move forward, the spine will begin to hold the aligned position for longer periods of time, which can help with long-term pain relief even when the visits to the chiropractor are spaced out over longer periods of time.