Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain
Neck pain can have a negative impact on your life. Your neck supports your head and it moves frequently. When you experience pain in your neck, it is easy to see how vital it is to proper body functioning. At Family Chiropractic in Union, MO, we can help you heal your neck pain and keep it healthy with our three-phase treatment plan.
Common Causes of Neck Pain
Injuries and accidents are a common cause of neck pain. Any sudden force or sudden stop can cause a neck injury. This is known as whiplash. The head moves quickly in one direction then in the other in a rebound motion. The muscles in your neck and back contract, which creates muscle fatigue.
Problems associated with age include osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. These are progressive diseases that cause increasing pain and damage over time. The symptoms are commonly noticed during middle age.
Other factors including poor posture, stress, and weakened muscles can also cause neck pain. These issues put more strain on the neck muscles and vertebrae. Stress can also cause neck pain, because the muscles in your neck tighten as a result of stress.
When to See a Chiropractor
You should visit your chiropractor if you are experiencing chronic, frequent, or severe neck pain.
Other indications you should visit your chiropractor include:
- Pain or stiffness for more than a few days
- Sharp pain with movement
- If pain or numbness is occurring in other parts of your body like your wrists or hands
- Your pain is worst in the morning and eases throughout the day
- You were involved in an accident
How Does a Chiropractor Treat Neck Pain?
Your neck is made up of seven vertebrae. These vertebrae can become misaligned. This causes pain and inflammation. The joints and muscles can become inflamed or irritated as well, reducing mobility.
A Chiropractor will perform an adjustment that will help realign the vertebrae. This can reduce pain, inflammation, and allow the proper flow of blood and nutrients to the area. It can also increase mobility and range of motion. Many patients find that they need frequent adjustments during the beginning phase of treatment. As the body begins to heal itself, adjustments are done periodically to maintain proper alignment.
Neuromuscular stretches can also help relieve your pain. This is considered more effective than traditional stretching, particularly for the neck. It can increase range of motion on both sides, which can help restore function and speed the healing process.
At Family Chiropractic in Union, MO, Dr. Bolzenius provides chiropractic adjustments and other treatments to help treat the root cause of pain. If you are experiencing neck pain, make an appointment today to learn how we can help you find relief and healing.