There is a reason the phrase “a pain in the neck” is so commonly used. Those who have never experienced neck pain are few and far between, and this vexing condition can range from mildly irritating to downright debilitating. No matter where you fall on the scale, neck pain chiropractic treatment has the power to bring immense relief.
One reason neck pain is so universal is that this part of the body has a lot of work to do every day. Consider the odd angles and contours it employs, granting your head and spine a wide range of movement at all times. Supporting your head—which probably weighs at least ten pounds! —is a difficult job in and of itself. Because of the neck’s crucial yet susceptible nature, any level of pain is something to take seriously.
Causes of Neck Pain
The causes of neck pain are many and vary widely. From poor posture to harmful habits, some of the most common are even incorporated into our daily routines.
Stress, although often unavoidable, is a silent perpetrator of neck pain. Varying degrees of anxiety will manifest in muscle tension, particularly in our neck and shoulders. Feelings of worry, irritability, and depression can all lead to stress-induced neck pain.
Heavy lifting and excessive weight placed on your upper body may also be causing you discomfort. Burdens such as large backpacks and overweight bags pull on the body’s neck muscles, causing them to strain, spasm and induce pain.
Injury can also result in neck pain. Whiplash, for example, is one of the most common neck injuries and can affect your muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Throwing these fundamental body parts out of whack—even accidentally—can be troublesome for your neck.
When to See a Chiropractor
Untreated neck pain can lead to chronic pain or more serious neck and back problems in the future. That is why one should seek neck pain chiropractic treatment from the first signs of continued discomfort.
Some might notice neck pain after an uncomfortable night’s sleep, extended periods of sitting or being hunched over a cell phone, tablet, or other device. When this happens, at-home remedies like light stretching or applying ice may take care of minor, irregular aches.
However, if neck pain persists or worsens, it is likely that chiropractic treatment is the only sensible remedy. Similarly, if a specific injury or incident caused your neck pain, it is best to seek chiropractic care right away.
How It’s Treated
Drs. Adam and Amanda Apfelblat will take an individualized approach in manufacturing a treatment plan that fits your needs. Understanding when and how the pain started, the conditions under which it manifests, and the precise symptoms that are specific to you are all part of their specialized care.
Because the neck is the uppermost part of the spine, treating the pain means a spinal adjustment is necessary. As experts of these vertebrae and joints, Michigan Chiropractic Specialists are especially effective at treating not only the symptoms but also the underlying causes of neck pain.
A neck adjustment (or cervical manipulation) performed by your Michigan Chiropractic Specialists will improve the neck’s mobility and work to correct the spine’s alignment. This alone should provide relief, and repeated adjustments are meant to support long-term alleviation.
In addition to this core chiropractic technique, massage, stretching, and strength exercises are other effective tools to treat neck pain. These approaches focus more on loosening the muscles and keeping joints limber, which will also work as preventative methods. Michigan Chiropractic Specialists will give the best comprehensive care to tackle even the most persistent pain.