CHIROPRACTIC AS A NECK PAIN TREATMENT
The neck is the part of the body that starts from down the skull all the way down the throat to the joint of your shoulders. It has seven vertebrae and is responsible for supporting your head and turning it to any side you want. This movement makes the neck prone to injuries and pain, which require unique treatment.
Causes of neck pain
The neck may suffer from sudden movement of the head in any direction and the subsequent turning of it in the opposite direction. This whiplash causes injuries in the surrounding tissues of the neck plus the head, by making the muscles tighten and contract suddenly. This, in turn, causes stiff muscles and pain in the neck.
This is a disorder mostly caused by growing old. This progressive old age results in the wear and tear of cartilage in the neck. This wearing out results in the body developing a bone spur around the cartilage, which affects the movement of the head.
This is also a disorder caused by old age. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the nerve passageways found in the vertebrae of the neck. This makes the nerve roots compressed and trapped, thus resulting in neck pain and numbness (because of the failure of the nerves to perform properly).
Degenerative Disc Disease
This is a disease also associated with time, but doesn’t only affect the elderly. It affects the elasticity and length of the intervertebral discs by reducing them. When this continues over time, the disc bulges, resulting in a sharp pain that can affect all areas of the body, even out to the arms.
The life we live also can cause neck pain. For instance, the posture we develop, obesity, or the weakening of the abdominal muscles can all result in neck pain. In addition, stress and tension in life can make the muscles tighten, thus developing neck pain.
Treatment of Neck Pain with Chiropractic Manipulation
This technique incorporates the pumping activity on the location of the intervertebral disc gently and without applying a lot of force on the area.
This is where the chiropractor uses an instrument to apply force on the spine or neck, making sure he or she does not thrust the spine.
This is where the chiropractor gently stretches your neck joints manually. This helps reduce the pain and the effects of other symptoms.
This is when the chiropractor gives the neck a massage in order to make the neck muscles relax.
Ssound waves are used to relieve stiffness and pain.
This is where low frequency electrical current is used to stimulate the neck muscles, and thus relieving their tension.