CHIROPRACTIC AND NECK PAIN
With all neck pain—no matter what the cause—-the pain itself tells us that there is some kind of problem in the functioning of the different parts of the spine.
The human spine is an amazingly versatile and complex structure that provides support, protects the internal organs and nervous system, but at the same time allows incredible flexibility and movement.
Many different pieces have to work together to maintain a healthy spine. The spinal cord and nerves of the back are the communication lines between the brain and the rest of the body. The bones of the spine–or the vertebrae–protect those nerves. The vertebrae are separated by fibrous discs. The ligaments of the spine hold the vertebrae and provide stability and allow us to move.
When all of these pieces are working together in harmony, we’re not even aware of them. When one piece fails to work properly, all of the other parts are affected, as well. The role of chiropractic is to make sure that all of the pieces work together the way they’re supposed to.
WHAT CAN THE DOCTOR OR CHIROPRACTIC DO TO HELP?
Doctors of chiropractic are educated and trained in the detection and care of problems of the spinal column and in maintaining the delicate balance of the neck and spine. Your first visit to the chiropractor will include a complete chiropractic examination. X-rays may be ordered to screen for possible underlying pathologies and to reveal extreme distortions in your spine.
If your chiropractor feels that chiropractic care is appropriate in your case, you may be given your first adjustment at that time. This manual procedure will help reduce the misalignments and ease the pressure on the spinal nerve roots. In addition, your chiropractor may advise you on therapeutic exercises, job safety, work related posture, dietary information and a complete program of chiropractic care.
WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT NECK PAIN?
- Don’t sleep on your stomach because this can cause harmful stretching and twisting of the neck muscles.
- Don’t stack several pillows- or even one very thick pillow – under your head and neck when sleeping; by doing so you can put stress on the upper back and neck.
- Don’t watch television or try to read while lying down because this can contort the neck; always sit upright.
- Take frequent breaks or change positions when doing work which requires you to bend your neck downward or face.