Are you experiencing neck pain? If so, then you may need to book an appointment with a trained, qualified chiropractor.
How do you know if you need to go to a chiropractor?
If you are struggling to cope with persistent, severe neck pain and need relief fast, then it could be a sign that you need to go to a chiropractor.
Chiropractors for neck pain use a variety of adjustments designed to help correct the source of the problem and help relieve chronic pain.
Here are some of the signs that you need a chiropractic visit:
- Persistent, intense pain in the neck that is making it difficult for you to achieve a reasonable quality of life
- Neck pain that has lasted for more than six weeks
- Pain radiating down into your back and legs
- Unintentional weight loss
- Evidence of swelling in the affected region of your neck
Chiropractors use a variety of therapies to help you correct the issues that are causing your pain. It is a myth that chiropractors “crack” your neck and back to relieve pain. Instead, they use a variety of techniques based on anatomical structures, designed to promote alignment and overall postural health.
What are the risks of chiropractic neck adjustments?
While chiropractic adjustments are safe in the hands of trained specialists, amateurs pose a risk.
Incorrect adjustments, for instance, can lead to a worsening of disc herniation, compression of the nerves, and a form of stroke.
If you are experiencing general neck pain but do not have any other health problems, then you will experience the most benefits from chiropractic interventions. People with cancer in the spine, an increased risk of stroke, severe osteoporosis, and numbness in the limbs, however, may not benefit. Always speak to your chiropractor first about any preexisting medical conditions. Never seek treatment from a chiropractor who is not qualified.
Do chiropractors really help?
Many neck pain patients find that chiropractic manipulation helps them feel better quickly, but is there any real evidence behind it, backing it up as a legitimate medical intervention?
It turns out that there is. Data from a 2010 review of the literature found that chiropractic therapy could help to alleviate whiplash pain, migraine headaches, and other symptoms related to neck pain. More than 74 percent of people with pain in the neck and back have sought chiropractic care at one point or another.
Data from other studies found that spinal manipulations are useful for both acute and subacute neck pain, especially when used in combination with exercise. Chiropractors for neck pain may also be able to help people with neck-related headaches without any additional training.
Can chiropractors cause neck pain?
Before you receive any chiropractic therapy, you and your chiropractor will run through the goals of treatment. One of the main goals will be to stop your neck pain from returning in the future. Chiropractors seek to adjust the body, particularly the spine, to reduce pain and prevent the need for surgery.
Many people worry that chiropractors cause neck pain, but cases of this are rare and usually happen when a patient goes to an unqualified practitioner. While chiropractic care is “hands-on,” trained professionals know how to make adjustments while avoiding neck injuries. Practitioners who have not had the training put you at a higher risk of injury.
At your initial visit with the chiropractor, you’ll discuss your health history and the problems that you’ve been having with neck pain. This stage of the treatment is an ideal opportunity to discuss the events that might have led to your discomfort (such as being involved in a car accident).
Next, the chiropractor will perform a physical exam of your neck and spine and, if necessary, perform other diagnostic tests, like an X-ray.
During the therapy, the chiropractor places you on a specially-padded table and begins to manipulate your body. Most often, chiropractors use their arms and hands to perform the manipulation, using the minimum required force to get the job done. You may hear joints in your neck, popping back into their correct position as you receive therapy.
After the procedure, you may feel a new sense of wellbeing, now that your body is in the proper position. You may also experience a reduction in pain, even after the first session.
Most people require several sessions with the chiropractor to alleviate neck pain. Following the session, you’ll receive a treatment plan and a set of goals designed to improve your neck pain. Interventions might including strengthening exercises, stretches, and massage.