23 Jan A Pain in the Neck
One of the main causes of neck pain is a condition called vertebral subluxation which results from misaligned vertebrae in the spine of the neck. Fortunately, chiropractors such as Dr. Nygaard are trained to pinpoint these areas and work with you on correcting them.
Chiropractic adjustments are safe and gentle maneuvers that can be used to fix these vertebral subluxations. Much research has been conducted that shows these adjustments can dramatically reduce neck pain and improve neck function.
According to a just-published study of over 2,000 adults who sought conventional and complementary remedies for neck pain; over half of the sufferers chose chiropractic care. 61% of the chiropractic patients reported their care to be very helpful, while only 27% of those seeking conventional care did.
While chiropractic adjustments may be beneficial for the treatment of neck pain, another technique called mobilization can be combined with it to provide even greater relief. Mobilization moves the neck through range of motion exercises to stretch muscles and boost circulation, and most of the time is used to set up a chiropractic adjustment.
Speaking of range of motion – according to a Canadian study, chiropractic care can offer immediate results by boosting neck range of motion, and in turn, decreasing pain.
Researchers studied 100 patients with neck pain, 78% of whom reported endured pain. 52 of those 100 patients received chiropractic adjustments while the other 48 were mobilized. All patient’s neck range of motion were rated before and after treatment.
The results? Both groups felt lessened pain, but the reduction was more than 1.5 times greater in the group that received the chiropractic adjustment J Manipulative Physiol Ther.
While ROM, chiropractic adjustments and mobilization are all beneficial, exercise is also very important. Building muscle strength and muscle endurance, even in as little as 3 months can have dramatic results.
Want another reason why building neck strength is important? It can prevent many of the hateful headaches that over 45 million Americans suffer from, including chronic or migraine headaches. One report, which included 683 chronic headaches sufferers, found that chiropractic care is as effective as prescription medication for tension-type headaches J Manipulative Physiol Ther
Neck pain can sometimes be a sign of another health concern. If you suffer from neck pain, a visit to Dr. Nygaard will not only relieve your mind, but also your pain. Ignoring neck pain may exacerbate discomfort. Call Atlas Chiropractic of Asheville today to get rid of neck pain for good!