This is a guest post by: Dr. David Kulla a licensed chiropractor and owner of Synergy Wellness in Manhattan.
Neck pain can develop for a variety of reasons. Your neck is susceptible to problems because of the role it plays in moving your head. The neck is made up of seven separate vertebrae, giving it the ability to move your head in any direction and support the full weight of your head. With all of its abilities and responsibilities, it is no wonder that your neck can often feel strained, sprained and pulled. When you have a specific injury to your neck, or you notice sudden or chronic pain, seek help. Allowing your neck to continue hurting will only cause long term health problems.
Many people are turning to chiropractic care to help their neck pain. Chiropractors can alleviate much of the pain you might be feeling and provide treatments that will help you manage any additional pain on your own.
There are many things that can cause your neck pain. Sometimes, you end up hurting your neck without even realizing it. For example, sitting for a long period of time can cause problems to your spine as well as your neck. If you are overweight, or you have poor posture, you might be causing unnecessary strain on your neck. Even weak stomach muscles can make you walk, stand, and sit in ways that cause problems for the spinal vertebrae in your neck. Injuries such as car accidents, falls, whiplash and sports activities are sure to cause problems for your neck as well. Pain that you might experience in other parts of your body can also directly impact your neck.
Talk to a chiropractor about the type of pain you are experiencing and when it started. Your provider can give you tests to help diagnose what the problem is. You can also expect a complete physical exam as well as neurological exams.
Chiropractors are skilled at detecting the origin of any pain or discomfort. They take a holistic approach to healing, which means your doctor will not focus only on your neck, but will examine your spine as well as your lifestyle, general physical health and muscular well being.
Chiropractors will treat your neck pain without drugs or surgery. A neck adjustment, also called a cervical adjustment, will likely be the starting point of your treatment. Your chiropractor will adjust the joints of your neck, giving you a more comfortable way of moving your neck and soothing the muscles that are attached to your neck, giving you a better range of motion as it pertains to your head, shoulders and entire spine. This is often done by hand in your chiropractor’s office. After your initial evaluation, your practitioner will recommend an ongoing course of treatment, and you will get a plan for recovery.
Talk to a chiropractor as soon as you notice pain or strain in your neck. If you leave it unattended, it will only develop into something worse. Your neck is an essential part of your body, and keeping it safe and functioning properly is vital for your overall health.