TREATING NECK PAIN WITH CHIROPRACTIC THERAPY
Author: Sheila Ghaziaskar DC
Waking up with neck pain is not a great way to start a day. As painful as it may be, it is not that uncommon and a good rub perhaps with a muscle balm should take care of it. Other times though neck pain, can be quite serious, not only because of the discomfort they cause but also because neck pain can be symptom of a more serious underlying problem such as meningitis.
Medical attention should be sought without delay if neck pain is felt as a shooting pain that starts from the neck and then goes to the shoulders and the arms. Neck pain accompanied by a tingling sensation, weakness or numbness in the arms should also be considered serious as should a neck so stiff that it can't touch the chest or that has any swelling around it.
Causes of neck pain
Less serious neck pain like a stiff neck is caused by poor posture or sleeping on a pillow that doesn't offer adequate support. Sleeping on the stomach also causes a stiff neck.
Straining the neck muscles such as through heavy work or driving for a long time can also bring on neck pain that may go further down to the shoulders and back.
Apart from strains, worn-out neck joints will also ache, especially if neck straining jobs are done often especially in older people and this advance to become osteoarthritis.
Nerves may also cause neck pain. Arthritis may cause bone spurs, which are hard, bony growths that put pressure on the nerves and trigger pain. Herniated disks, where the inner layer that resembles gel in a disk juts out to the harder outer layer and bear down on the nerves, which causes pain.
Sometimes, neck pain is experienced as a symptom of an underlying condition such as rheumatoid arthritis which causes pain in the neck as does meningitis whose main symptoms is a painful and stiff neck.
Direct injuries to the neck such as through a car accident or a blow to it will also cause pain, as would a sudden jerking of the neck from side to side or back to front, which would stretch the neck's soft tissue too much.
Testing for neck pain
If neck pain is bad enough for chiropractic or medical attention to be sought, the doctor will check for the exact spot pain is being felt, ask questions to find out the possible causes and then give treatment. Sometimes, an image test like an x-ray may be needed as well as tests on the nerves. This would reveal conditions like bone spurs, pressed or pinched nerves. An MRI would reveal even more details of the spinal cord and nerves.
Treating neck pain
A strained neck can be treated at home with steps like applying an ice or hot towel, depending how long the pain has been experienced. However, persistent continuous or recurring pain should be treated by a chiropractor or an MD.
A medical doctor may prescribe medicine such as painkillers and may be even muscle relaxants. Chiropractors would use ice/heat therapy along with different types of physiotherapy and adjustments to relieve the neck pain. A patient may also be asked to use a neck brace to relieve pressure off the muscles but this is recommended for short-term use. Neck stretching may also be offered so that neck muscles are stretched and strengthened. This is where a chiropractor comes in.
Treating Neck Pain with chiropractic therapy
Chiropractic offer hands-on treatment, offering localized treatment for neck pain. Chiropractic is a field of medicine that specializes in treating conditions by concentrating on the spine. This form of therapy specializes in the musculoskeletal system and treatment is based on mechanically adjusting the spine to optimum form and condition to restore the body to good health. It works from the foundational principle that diseases and ill health originate from a misaligned spine which triggers the nerves to register pain and that realigning the spine will calm the nerves and take away the sensation of pain and general ill health.
When it comes to neck pain, a chiropractor will mechanically adjust the spine and neck first with a massage, or different types of physiotherapy to loosen up and relax muscles.
Chiropractors do perform tests on their patients just like a medical doctor would and they will take all of a patient's details like their history, pre-existing or chronic conditions and all other details.
Chiropractic is a holistic form of treatment meaning no drugs or surgery is used. Another advantage of this form of therapy is that it will evoke a sense of well-being that spreads through the whole body as the body's immunity is boosted. Undiagnosed existing minor injuries or problems with muscles or joints are also detected early, before becoming serious or degenerative.
If necessary, a chiropractor will prescribe supplements such as vitamin and/or supplements to strengthen and boost the body's immunity. They will also collaborate with other doctors such as orthopedists if they feel medical treatment are necessary and a medical doctor may refer a patient to a chiropractor for treatment after assessing their condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
What pillow would you recommend for this neck problem?
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Sane- I'll have to try that, as I have that same issue with the arms, and then my hand gets numb sometimes. So do you mean you stand the pillow up against the headboard, or is it laid flat and you and the soft pillow are on top of it? Trying to visualize that.
Been there done that. Its not the pillow its your sleeping habits. If your young and healthy you can change your sleeping habits and get past the problem. If your like me, old and decreped, then your going to have aches and pains irrgardless of how you sleep. Those are going to make you move into an unfavorable position during the night, and then the pain begins. My habit was snuggling my pillow thus keeping tension in my shoulder and neck muscles all night long to the point where my nerves started burning and my arms would fall alseep. I got a medium pillow up against the headboard to give me some clearance, and a softer pillow to use as a rollup for under my head and neck. I'm not as bad as I used to be learning to not snuggle the pillow beause I now have the height and support for my head and neck. But because of aging and pain associated with being older I get into undesireable positions in my sleep subconsciously trying to get comfortable and occasionally end up in a real bad way, and have to suffer for it a few days.
Need help with neck and reading in bed?
What are those small tables called that you put over you so you can read or use your computer while laying on your back. I've had whiplash for almost a year now and I use chiropractic pillows and stuff like that but I really can't read comfortably because I have to hold my book over my head. Anybody have any ideas?
Bed tables. Or you might want to try a notebook stand. Places like Walgreens and Wal-Mart sell them for about
Here is a site you might want to check out. It's great for anyone that has had a spine injury.
Shoulder/neck muscle pain/stiffness????
ANY PROFESSIONALS OUT THERE??
Neck and shoulder pain and stiffness WORSE in the morning AND upon lying down at night.
Have tried MANY MANY types of chiropractic pillows and other methods, including massage therapy. Only temporary relief.
Can't believe it is stress related, as I'm relaxed when
going to bed. Using ergonomics at computer.
Exhausted all avenues. Got a new one??
I am so sorry to hear that you are having such discomfort. How long and how often did you give Massage Therapy a try? Sometimes it takes several closely scheduled apointments to get the lasting results that you are seeking. the reason being that time is how it got there and time will be what it takes to get it to go away.
Did you actually seek Chiropractic treatment? Again my question would be, how many sessions how close together?
Another thing that you can try at home is to get rid of a pillow altogether or use a small rolled towel placed just under the natural curve of your neck. Even though you use ergonomics at your computer, it is wize to take frequent breaks from sitting there. Move those neck muscles in a full range of motion. Move arms in full range of motion. Do shoulder shrugs. Anything that you can think of to get the blood flowing into the area.
I hope that this will help you in some way. Don't give up on the idea of frequent massage and Chiropractic. Try looking for a Gonstead practitioner. that is a Chiropractor with training in the Gonstead techniques. It is very specific and differs from a lot of the other Chiropractic work known as Palmer.
I am a Masage Therapist and I work in a Chiropractic clinic with a Gonsted Practitioner. We help many people like you. Sometimes it is the simple changes that can be the most helpful. What types of massage were used to treat your pain and stiffness? There are many types and different reasons to use them. If one type doesn't work for you then it might be time for your Therapist to expand on treatment options.
Seeking an answer related to Chiropractic?
Wow, a Paramedic asking a medical question...Ok, so for the last week I have had intermittent pain on the left side of my neck/shoulder. The pain does not radiate, however does get worse when looking to the right and down and also tilting my head left and right (ear to shoulder). There is some pain associated with looking left but not as severe as the previous mentioned actions. At times the pain feels like a somewhat burning/tingling in the upper left Trapezius muscle, however it mostly feels like a pulling sensation with movement. I have not injured the area that I am aware of, and have been using ibuprofen and Icy Hot as well as alternating heat and ice therapy (heat not combined with the Icy Hot). I do plan on making an appointment with a chiropractor, however am looking for some input to see if I really need to make that appointment, or if this is something I can treat at home. My husband seems to think it might be the pillow I am using that is causing all this-I use the Sobakawa buckwheat pillow (have for years) and never experienced a problem until now, so I think that is not the issue. Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Last night was probably the worst this pain has been. It was extremely difficult to get comfortable and my neck is now teh most sore it has been. I will be making the appointment now, but am still seeking an answer as to what this might be.
Dizzy and sore after massage?
I got my first prenatal massage yesterday. I'm 24 weeks pregnant and the therapist is certified to massage pregnant women. The massage itself was awesome. However, I was extremely dizzy for about 30 minutes after the massage. Besides that, I felt great until this morning. I woke up with a sore back and neck and nausea (which could just be morning sickness coming back). Is that normal or should I tell her to go easier on me next time? I'm not sure if it matters either, but she didn't have her pillows with her yesterday, so I had to lay on a chiropractic table with the dropout thing (which is getting too small for my belly). She said next time, she'll use pillows and put me on my side. I was only in there for chiropractic care and she said she'd do a massage for free for 10 minutes so I went ahead and tried it.
Probably just a side affect of the pregnancy
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