3 Ways To Relieve Neck Pain
Discomfort in your neck can occur when there are strained muscles, pinched nerves or misaligned vertebrae. Neck pain may arise after an accident, such as a fall or a car crash. The severe jerking of the neck, or whiplash, associated with these events over strains the muscles and ligaments in the neck. Pain can also be caused by degenerative disc disease, severe tension, poor posture and deteriorating cartilage.
A healthy cervical spine is important for supporting and turning your entire head. Experienced individuals at Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy know neck pain is a common ailment and often apply their knowledge to provide neck pain relief. Here we share three steps you can take to relieve neck pain.
1. Gentle Stretching
If you wake up with a stiff neck, there are a few exercises you can do to loosen it up. Slowly lower your chin down toward your chest. Raise your chin back up, and carefully tilt your head toward your right shoulder and then your left shoulder. These slow movements stretch the muscles and ligaments important for daily neck function. You can also ice and then heat the affected area. If the pain does not subside, you should have the region evaluated by a professional.
2. Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation
With a proper evaluation that considers physical and neurological symptoms, a chiropractor can identify the underlying cause of your neck pain. After checking your overall alignment and reflexes, he or she may order an x-ray, EMG, MRI or CAT scan to further evaluate potential bone, tissue and nerve damage.
One common chiropractic treatment for neck pain is spinal manipulation. The neck is supported by a region called the cervical spine. During a cervical manipulation, the chiropractor applies force to a joint to realign it to a proper position. Afterward, the patient may experience an improved range of motion, ease of head manipulation and decrease in soreness. This type of treatment sometimes involves follow-up appointments to monitor and realign the affected area.
3. Lifestyle Changes
Based on observations of posture, range of motion and alignment, a chiropractor may suggest some lifestyle changes that can help relieve and prevent neck pain:
Improved posture: Proper sitting posture means your earlobes are aligned with relaxed shoulders, which are in turn in line with your hips. The lower back is supported, and feet are flat on the floor.
Increased daily exercise: Increasing overall muscle strength with an emphasis on the abdominal muscles that support the upper body is important. A chiropractor may recommend some location-specific exercises to increase the muscle regions that support the neck.
With proper chiropractic treatment, you can relieve your neck pain without scheduling an operation or filling a medical prescription. If the underlying cause of pain is beyond conservative care, meaning there are signs of a bone fracture or neurological disease, the chiropractor can advise on the next specialist you should visit. We are offering a New Patient Special at Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy. Take the first step toward pain relief today and contact Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy by calling 855-276-6664.