Chiropractic Relief For Neck Pain

Neck pain is among the worst kinds of pain. Your head goes through countless movements every day. With each movement of your head, you likely experience pain. And to make matters worse, if your neck pain is left untreated, it can result in you experiencing migraine headaches that debilitate you. 

Furthermore, your neck pain can result in pain resonating through the rest of your body.  This is why many people who have neck pain, eventually give up their favorite hobbies, activities, or exercises. Instead of abandoning such essential elements of your life, you should focus on becoming free of your neck pain now.

If you’ve suffered from neck pain for quite a while, then you’re aware that many of the treatments, offered by traditional doctors and medical professionals, do not work for you. Luckily, there are alternative treatments can be of help. Chiropractic care offers you a natural way to alleviate or eliminate your neck pain without the use of daily medications. 

Chiropractors will examine your spine to make sure it’s in good health. An unhealthy spine can be the cause of horrible neck pain. However, if your spine is healthy, then the source of your neck pain may stem from your spine’s integrity and strength. 

A spine that’s not lined up properly or entirely can cause you chronic pain in a variety of areas of your body, not just your neck. In such cases, chiropractic treatment will involve the realignment of your spine to its normal and proper state. Additionally, chiropractors a trained to use many special techniques to resolve other issues you’re experiencing – not just neck pain.  For safe and effective treatment of your neck pain, contact a qualified chiropractor today.

Neck and Upper Back Pain Caused by Whiplash

Neck and upper back pain is most often due to more than one factor, such as an auto accident injury, poor posture, stress, subluxations, and in certain cases, disc herniation. Nevertheless, whiplash injury is by far the most common injury. 

A whiplash injury is sustained by either a backwards, forwards, or sideways sudden movement of your head. The result of such a traumatic movement is damage to your neck’s supporting muscles and ligaments. In addition, damage is often experienced in other connective tissue located in your neck and upper back. 

Whiplash symptoms include, but are not limited to: 

  • Neck pain
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Muscle spasms (back and front of your neck)
  • Tenderness (along the back of your neck and shoulders)
  • Difficulty rotating, flexing, or extending your head
  • Headache
  • Jaw tightness
  • Vision disturbance
  • Tinnitus 

All whiplash injuries should be taken seriously. This includes car, sports, and work accidents. It is common for whiplash injuries to be present for weeks, even months, before they are noticeable to you. People often mistakenly believe they are not injured because the symptoms and pain are not always immediate. Consequently, they don’t seek treatment or when treatment is obtained, serious complications have already developed and part of the damage may unfortunately be permanent. 

Studies have shown that about half of the victims of whiplash often settle their auto injury insurance claims, only to suffer from symptoms and pain years after their settlement. If you have been involved in any kind of accident, especially a car accident, don’t make the mistake of assuming you are injury-free because you are not experiencing pain currently. It is best that you have a chiropractor examine you for whiplash.

Whiplash

A colloquial not medical term, whiplash is a word used to describe any injury to the ligaments, tendons or muscles of the neck that results from a jerking or whip-like movement. Whiplash is usually caused by a car accident – an estimated one million cases a year – but it can also be the result of a fall, sports injury, work injury or assault. Sometimes, repetitive motion, such as holding the phone with your head can even cause whiplash. 

Symptoms of whiplash can range from mild aches that last a few days to severe pain and stiffness that won’t go away.  You could also experience swelling, headaches, jaw tightness, fatigue, nausea or muscle spasms. Severe cases of whiplash could include impaired vision, ringing in the ears and other nerve related symptoms. 

Treatment for whiplash can include application of heat or cold packs, pain medication or muscle relaxants, electrical stimulation and/or ultrasound. But these are all relatively short term solutions and may provide only temporary relief.  For serious cases, or those with symptoms lasting a couple months or longer, long term, more permanent solutions are needed. Those could include stretching, exercise and/or chiropractic manipulation. 

In brief, chiropractic manipulation works to return joints to their proper position and alignment through controlled and directed pressure. This is done by a trained, educated chiropractor in a therapeutic setting. In many cases, chiropractic manipulation can relieve pressure and pain in the neck area caused by whiplash. 

If you’ve experienced whiplash from an accident or injury, it is always a good idea to consult with your chiropractor, along with your general practitioner.  There is hope that pain and other symptoms of whiplash can diminish with proper treatment.