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Neck Pain

The neck has to support our 5-6kg heads for most of the day. That is an impressive feat in its own right but then add to that the movement the neck provides to the head and you can quickly see how trouble can happen.

Common causes for neck pain

Common causes of neck pain include trauma such as in car accidents or falls. Then there are the issues with arthritis as we age. There are also a few rare disease processes like spinal stenosis.

More common causes of neck pain are related to our daily life activities. The incidence of neck pain seems to be on the rise with more and more people using devices such as smart phone and tablets. More and more jobs are moving into sedentary fields as well meaning we are moving even less and staying in stressful positions for longer increasing the likelihood of neck pain.

Firstly, the most important thing to do is find the cause of the pain.  This is done with taking a history and performing an examination.  In some cases an X-ray, CT or MRI may be necessary. 

If the issue is deemed to be one that can be treated with chiropractic care then a plan will be recommended that will usually involve neck adjusting, exercises, stretching, massage and postural education.

Neck adjusting is either done by hand or with an adjusting instrument.  It is a precise manoeuvre to provide better mobility in the neck and to restore range of motion.  This can also provide stretch to local muscles as well.

Patients typically notice improved ability to turn and tilt their head and decreased neck pain, soreness and stiffness.

How does chiro help?

What does the research show?

One of the most recent reviews of scientific literature found evidence that patients with chronic neck pain enrolled in clinical trials reported significant improvement following chiropractic spinal manipulation.

As part of the literature review, published in the March/April 2007 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the researchers reviewed nine previously published trials and found “high-quality evidence” that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal manipulation. No trial group was reported as having remained unchanged, and all groups showed positive changes up to 12 weeks post-treatment.

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