Neck pain and disk problems: Two typical causes of pain that originate in the neck and may be treatedby chiropractic manipulation, which involves applying controlled force to a spinal joint. The goal of chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is to correct structural alignment and improve your body’s physical function. Chiropractic manipulation can resolve a variety of neck and disk issues. It is certainly not a magic bullet for neck or upper back discomfort, but it’s a starting point for successful treatment.
The Mechanics of Neck Pain
According to MayoClinic.org, “Mechanical neck pain includes pain generated from muscle, tendons, joint capsules, ligaments and/or the fascia.” Most of the time, the website says, “many of these tissues are simultaneously injured and can cause pain both locally as well as at a distance away from the injury site.”
Multi-Faceted Aches and Pains
Facet joint problems, explains JointHealthMagazine.com, are a good example of mechanical neck pain. “When a facet joint is sprained or injured, pain may be localized and/or referred pain a distance away from the neck injury, such as into the shoulder blade, upper back and even into the arm.” The so-called “pain pattern” is unique and depends on the specific point of the cervical spine that is involved.
Types of Chiropractic Manipulation
Spine-Health.com points out that there are two general chiropractic manipulation approaches for cervical spine complaints: Cervical spinal manipulation which is typically considered the more traditional chiropractic adjustment, or a high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) technique. Both have their place when treating cervical problems.
Spine-Health explains further that, “Chiropractors may also use adjunctive therapy to treat cervical spine complaints.” Typical adjunctive therapies may include massage, therapeutic heat and/or cold application, and gentle stretching and strengthening exercises, and more.
Cervical spinal manipulation may be the road you need to follow. A complete exam prior to cervical manipulation can be arranged at The Joint, which boasts a professional staff that tailors its treatment to your specific needs.
The Joint offers easy access, since it has weekday and weekend hours, with a no-appointment policy. Also, The Joint doesn’t take insurance, so it removes another hassle from the process of getting quality care for your back, shoulder and neck. Even if you don’t feel any pain, drop in to The Joint for preventative care and see what a difference an adjustment can make.
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