The Chiropractic Solution to Neck Pain
Neck pain is among the most common complaints that incite patients to seek chiropractic care. And for good reason, doctors of chiropractic, like Dr. Edelson, are experts at eliminating the spinal problems associated with neck ache.
If you’re suffering with neck pain, you know how disabling this condition can be. By interfering with work, exercise and family activities, neck ache produces more than mere physical anguish. But, you don’t have to rely on painkillers with potentially hazardous side effects to quell neck ache. Read on to learn how chiropractic care could end your pain for good – the all-natural way.
Dr. Edelson finds that patients with neck (cervical) pain often suffer from a straightening or reversal of the neck’s natural curve. When viewed from the side, the cervical spine should form an arch that’s most convex at mid-neck. However, many people, especially those who work at desks or computers, have cervical spines that jet forward (military neck), or even form reversed curves.
Studies show that a straightened or reversed curve weakens the deep muscles of the neck, since these muscles are forced to hold the spine in an anatomically ill-suited posture (Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 1998;44:210). And, weakened muscles bolster the risk of injury and pain. In addition, a flawed cervical curve disrupts the neck’s biomechanics (the way joints, muscles, and bones move together). Altered spinal biomechanics are associated with an increased likelihood of osteoarthritis another painful malady. NECK PAIN RELIEVERS
Are Adjustments the Answer to Neck Pain?
How does chiropractic care alleviate neck pain? Dr. Edelson corrects areas in the spine where movement is restricted or bones (vertebrae) are misaligned. Not surprisingly, these dysfunctional segments, called vertebral subluxations, are often detected in the spines of patients with straightened or reversed cervical curves. Dr. Edelson corrects vertebral subluxations with gentle maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments. Research shows that these specialized maneuvers restore motion and alignment to the spine, in turn, warding off the disorders associated with vertebral subluxations, including neck pain.
One study enrolled 119 patients with neck or back pain. Standard measurement tools were used to evaluate the subjects for pain and disability. The patients underwent chiropractic care, including receiving chiropractic adjustments. Subjects visited their chiropractors an average of 12 times over a 4-week period. Findings revealed an average of a 54% drop in pain and a 49% drop in disability among subjects with neck pain. “Patients attending a private chiropractic clinic for treatment of mechanical neck pain or low-back discomfort had statistically significant reductions in their pain-related disability after treatment,” concluded the study’s authors. “These results indicate that chiropractic manipulation [adjustment] is beneficial for the treatment of mechanical neck pain and LBP (Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics 2000; 23:307-11).
Besides restoring the neck’s natural curve, research suggests that adjustments to the spine also quell another neck ache instigator: muscle tension (Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics 1999; 22:14953).