Neck pain is among the most common complaints that incite patients to seek chiropractic care. For good reason, doctors of chiropractic, like Dr. Van Wilpe, are experts at eliminating the spinal problems associated with neck ache.
You don’t have to rely on painkillers with potentially hazardous side effects to quell neck ache.
Patients with neck (cervical) pain often suffer from a straightening or reversal of the neck natural curve. The side view should form an arch that’s most convex at mid-neck. However, many people - especially those who work at desks, computers or look at their phones - have cervical spines that jet forward, flattening their curve or even form reverse curves.
The new term is coined “texting neck."
Studies show that a straightened or reversed curve weakens the deep muscles of the neck, these muscles are forced to hold the spine in an anatomically ill-suited posture. This could heighten risk of injury, as well as the likelihood of obtaining osteoarthritis and organ system dysfunction.
Are Adjustments the Answer to Neck Pain?
Dr. Van Wilpe will make corrections to the area in the spine where movement is restricted or bones are misaligned, called vertebral subluxations. 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. Adjustments to the spine also quell another neck ache instigator: muscle tension.
According to Chiropractic Biophysics, “ Corrective methods using Chiropractic BioPhysics® or CBP® Technique extension traction procedures and devices are the only true evidence based methods that have been shown to statistically and clinically improve the amount of cervical lordosis without the use of surgery. This has been documented in several clinical trials and case reports” ( Your Neck Curvature Will Help You Or HURT YOU If You’re Involved In A Car Crash, 1 July 2014).
Beyond Pain Killers
One scientific study compared chiropractic adjustments to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
The report concluded that, “ The best evidence indicated that cervical manipulation [chiropractic adjustment] for neck pain is much safer than the use of NSAIDs, by as much as a factor of several hundred times. There is no evidence that indicates NSAID use is any more effective than cervical manipulation for neck pain” (Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics 1996;18:530-6).
Make the Connection
Why is it essential to seek chiropractic care at the first sign of pain or stiffness? Because neck problems are often initial manifestation of a chronic spinal disorder.
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