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HOW CHIROPRACTIC CARE CAN HELP WITH NECK PAIN

 

The neck acts as a bridge between the torso and the head which in turn facilitates the head's movement. Our neck consists of seven vertebrae which are supported by a lot of ligaments as well as muscles. We tend to suffer from neck pain when these muscles, joints, and ligaments become inflamed or irritated. Neck pain might range from minor to really severe. When combined with other symptoms it might be necessary to call for immediate medical attention.

 

Typical neck pain symptoms consist of the following:

1. Stiff neck along with restricted range of movement

2. Stabbing or sharp pain

3. General tenderness or soreness

 

In spite of the fact that almost every one of us suffers from neck pain at some point or the other, it is something that should not be neglected.

 

How Chiropractic Care Can Help With Neck Pain

In case the patient is not able to properly relax or is suffering from a cracking feeling, it might be prudent to go for a chiropractic adjustment instead of the more conventional medical techniques. Several of these methods consist of a slower process performed within the joint motion's passive range. Let us take a look at some of the more typical chiropractic techniques that are used to alleviate neck pain.

 

1. Cervical mobilization: In this case, the patient usually lies on his back and the chiropractor is going to move the vertebrae gently from left to right and also vice versa while alternating between a figure 8 motion and side to side movement applied at different degrees moving the head backward, forward and also sideways. This sort of non-thrust and smooth type of stretch is applied with the intention of minimizing fixations where there is limited motion between the cervical spinal sections. Apart from this, an oscillatory motion using the hands is likewise used often at the time of the cervical spine mobilization.

 

2. Cervical manual traction: In this type of treatment, the patient usually lies with his face up while the chiropractor pulls on the neck gently, stretching the cervical spine and varying the angle between the extension and the flexion in the process. This is executed according to the comfort and also the appropriate angle to minimize the tightness successfully. In most cases, the chiropractor combines this particular technique with mobilization while doing both at the same time or alternating between them.

 

3. Cervical "drop" technique: Here, the patient either lies on his side on a table which has been specially made for this purpose or he might likewise lie on his stomach as well. The chiropractor is going to place his hand or finger on top of the spinal section that needs to be adjusted. He will be applying a low amplitude thrust of medium or low velocity, or a non-thrust slowly increasing downward pressure till the table’s headpiece releases and drops a small distance. This is done to minimize the limited movement of the cervical vertebrae with the assistance of the table. However, this process might not involve the usual “crack” (or joint cavitation) and there is likewise no twisting or rotation of the head or neck that typically happens during a conventional chiropractic adjustment.

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