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The Complete Chiropractic Guide to Your Neck by Proactive Chiropractic

Chiropractic Guide to Your Neck

When it comes to pain in your body, some of it is hard to ignore. Neck pain affects millions of people all over the world. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the National Institute of Health Statistics, neck pain was listed as one of the four most common types of pain that’s reported.

At Proactive Chiropractic, we work with individuals who have suffered an injury or who deal with chronic neck pain that interferes with daily life. We are passionate about helping you get back to living pain-free, without invasive treatment.

There are so many things to know about your neck. We’ve compiled the complete guide as a resource for all of your unanswered questions. For more information or to learn more about prevention and treatment, reach out to us today by calling 704-659-4613.

All About Neck Pain

Neck pain has many causes and symptoms. Above all, it’s uncomfortable and is known for causing other effects such as lack of concentration and insomnia. Neck pain can be serious and should be treated as soon as possible to avoid further damage.

What Causes Neck Pain?

Often, neck pain has many causes that most of us would ignore. Some of the causes of neck pain include:

  • Texting too much: Looking down at your phone pulls on the lower vertebrae in your neck, causing it to work harder. Proper posture is critical to preventing neck pain, something texting can sabotage.
  • Sleeping in the fetal position: If you sleep hunched over with your legs curled up, you might experience neck pain in the morning when you wake up. This position doesn’t provide enough support for your neck or spine.
  • Your purse is too heavy: Carrying a heavy weight that pulls on your nerves can cause aches that start in your neck and travel down your arm.
  • Injury: Whiplash after a car accident is a big culprit of neck pain. However, other injuries such as falls can cause neck pain.
  • Stress: Unnecessary stress can cause neck pain that results in tension headaches.

Should I Use Hot or Cold to Temporarily Relieve Neck Pain?

You might be wondering how to relieve your neck pain that is associated with any of the causes from above. However, different injuries or pain call for different types of pain relief. Using hot or cold on the wrong pain may worsen your condition.

For new injuries, it’s best to use ice. Ice reduces the inflammation caused by new injuries, especially swelling. Only ice four to six times within the first couple of days for only 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

For chronic pain, use heat to alleviate your pain. Heating pads or compresses will help with muscle spasms and relax your neck.

Can a Chiropractor Help With Neck Pain?

Yes. Chiropractors are trained in musculoskeletal treatment that doesn’t involve medication or harmful surgeries. Your aches and pains could be alleviated with only a few treatments. For a full treatment plan, schedule an appointment with your chiropractor today to get started.

Should I See a Chiropractor for a Stiff Neck?

Yes, definitely. A stiff neck can have many causes, all of which your chiropractor is trained to understand. They can help you figure out where your stiffness is coming from, giving you a solution as well as an adjustment for immediate relief.

Can a Chiropractor Help a Pinched Nerve in the Neck?

A chiropractor can relieve pressure on your nerves by adjusting and repositioning bones and relaxing the muscle around any pinched nerves. You can have relief from a pinched nerve without invasion surgical procedures.

Can a Chiropractor Help With a Bulging Disc in My Neck?

Your chiropractor has many treatment options available for bulging discs in your neck. First, they’ll look at your entire spine to check for underlying causes. Using focused adjustments, they’ll use low force to apply pressure to relieve your symptoms associated with the bulging disc. They’ll manipulate your spine around and at the disc, relieving pressure and symptoms.

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting a Chiropractor for Neck Pain

Often, visiting a chiropractor for pain is met with anxiety and fear. However, visiting a licensed chiropractor for your pain is the best option for non-invasion treatment that can reduce your chronic pain or cure your injury pain altogether.

How Does a Chiropractor Adjust Your Neck?

Pain and pressure of the neck can be relieved with a neck adjustment. A neck adjustment is often referred to as a “neck crack” or “neck twist”, which involves a quick twist of your neck at just the right location. You might hear a popping or cracking sound due to “cavitation” which are the bubbles of gas within your joints.

After your chiropractor adjusts your neck, the facet joints will stretch and allow fluid to spread within the joint capsules. After your adjustment, you’ll feel pressure releasing from the neck area due to the movement.

Is a Neck Adjustment Safe?

Yes. Neck adjustments are safe and have very little risks. After your adjustment, you might feel some slight pain in the joints that were treated or a slight headache. Symptoms following the treatment won’t last and are uncommon in most individuals.

Has a Neck Ever Been Broken Through Adjustment?

If a neck has been broken throughout the history of chiropractic care, it’s extremely rare. It takes a lot of force and strength to break a human neck, something a neck adjustment won’t be able to accomplish on its own.

Can I Do a Neck Adjustment Myself?

It’s not a good idea to attempt a neck adjustment on your own, or by someone who isn’t a trained chiropractor. Injury and further pain can occur if the treatment isn’t carried out properly. Seek professional help to ensure your neck pain is alleviated, not made worse.

Reach Out for a Neck Adjustment Here at Proactive Chiropractic Today

Neck pain hurts and has the potential to take a toll on your everyday life. You deserve to live pain-free and we want to help get you there. Give us a call today at 704-626-1837 or send us a message.

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