How Chiropractic Helps Neck Pain

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We all know what it’s like to have neck pain, whether it’s after a long drive, pinching the phone between the head and shoulder, stargazing, or from talking to someone who is seated off to the side. There are many causes of neck pain, but how do chiropractic adjustments help neck pain? Let’s take a look.

Chiropractic, when broken down into its fundamental Greek derivatives means “hand”, derived from cheir and “to practice an art, science, or skill”, derived from praxis. The technique most often associated with chiropractic is spinal manipulation where a high-velocity, low amplitude thrust is applied to specific vertebrae in the spine, which does several things:

1) It restores mobility in an area with restricted movement.

2) It has a muscle relaxing reflex effect, by stimulating the sensory neuronal receptors in joint capsules.

3) It can affect surrounding neurological structures in certain parts of the spine such as the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, which can have beneficial effects on the digestive system, cardiovascular system, and other body systems, not typically thought about when seeking chiropractic care.

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Joint manipulation is not new, as it can be traced back to as early as 400 BCE. The profession of chiropractic began in the late 1800’s and has grown in popularity ever since.  There’s now an overwhelming body of evidence that supports spinal manipulation as both a safe and highly effective treatment for neck and back pain, headaches, and many other maladies.

It’s important to note that there are many different types of manual therapies that chiropractors utilize when caring for neck pain patients. There are low velocity, low amplitude or non-trust techniques that do not produce the crack that is frequently associated with chiropractic adjustments. The term mobilization is often used when referencing these non-thrust methods and this often incorporates a combination of manual traction or pulling of the neck with left to right and front-to-back gliding moments, usually starting lightly and gradually increasing the pressure as tolerated. In many cases, a Doctor of Chiropractic will utilize a combination of manipulation and mobilization as well as trigger point therapy or applying sustained pressure over tight knots in muscles depending on a patient’s needs.

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  1. Shellie on December 12, 2017 at 3:21 am said:

    What the difference between something like this and a message therapy? Beside the cost. Speaking of how much would something like this cost? I could really use this but it’s a need not and necessity. I been living this long with back ache and pain of some sort.

    • Massage therapy works on muscles to help them relax and increase circulation and flexibility. Chiropractic works by restoring motion to dysfunctional/injured spinal joints, which resolves inflammation, increases range of motion and restores normal nerve activity. Both are useful for relieving neck and back pain. The longer an injury goes untreated, the longer it takes to heal once treatment begins, which is primarily what drives the cost. Most insurance covers chiropractic (I’m not sure about massage), which can help with the cost of care.

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