Neck Pain – Not Just a Pain in the Neck
Neck pain can be the cause of severe discomfort in your life. In fact, neck pain may be the reason you are experiencing headaches and other discomforts in your life¹. You may even have pain that goes down one or both arms. The neck pain may vary, come-and-go, or even be constant at times. The neck area is not just made of bone, but is also comprised of nerves, joints, and muscles. This is why alignment is so critical in maintaining a healthy spine with regular chiropractic care.
What Are Some of the Causes of Chronic Neck Pain?
One of the most common ways neck pain develops is due to an injury. This can occur by an awkward sleep position, auto accident, work injury or by a sports injury. There are also spinal disorders caused by herniated discs or degenerative disc disease that can cause neck disorder. The simplest way to describe what is happening when you have neck pain caused by a misaligned (or subluxated) vertebrae is called a pinched nerve.
Try Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain
What should you expect if you are considering chiropractic treatment? Many people think of a chiropractor as someone who ‘cracks bones’ and causes pain to relieve pain. But a specific chiropractic adjustment done by experienced hands does NOT have to be painful. In fact, there’s often a feeling of relief. Alignments are part of the process in many cases, but there are also other things that can be done like exercising, stretching, diet, and lifestyle changes. Dr. David Spitz, founder of the Chiropractic Health Center, can answer all of the questions you have regarding the chiropractic process. He will sit down with you and go over a treatment plan that may physiotherapy, chiropractic adjustments, home exercises and nutritional advice. The initial office visit will be like any other visit, where you go over your history and the symptoms of what you are currently experiencing. A complete examination will be performed including orthopedic and neurological tests as well as the possibility of ordering x-rays or an MRI to help determine the cause of the problem. If a referral is needed to another specialist, then it will be made at the appropriate time.
There are several natural remedies that can be used by your chiropractor to help with the chiropractic process. At the Chiropractic Health Center of Bristol we take a holistic approach, employing several methods including chiropractic adjustments, EMS, cryotherapy, hydrocollator therapy, trigger point massage and the use of topical analgesics and natural muscle relaxers.
Contacting Dr. Spitz is the first step in a pain-free lifestyle. Determining what natural methods can be employed to rid you of your neck pain should be your first priority. Avoiding prescription pain medications that have many side effects and that only mask the problem is one of the most beneficial aspects of chiropractic treatment.
To make an appointment, call my office at 860-583-4346 or fill out the form below.
¹ Prevalence of neck pain in migraine and tension-type headache: A population study