How We Treat Chronic Neck Pain at Family Chiropractic
Chronic neck pain can be incredibly debilitating – it can impact your daily life, making it difficult to perform even the simplest of tasks (like sitting upright at a desk during your shift at work!). It can cause tension headaches, muscle spasms, and reduced range of motion. Rather than rely on over-the-counter or prescription medications to mask the pain, at Family Chiropractic, we believe in treating chronic neck pain at its root: in the neuro-musculoskeletal system.
The spinal cord comprises an immense part of the nervous system, and when it’s subluxated (misaligned), it can lead to all kinds of chronic pain. Neck pain is no exception.
Neck Pain from Injuries
Injuries, particularly those related to sports or accidents, can lead to a condition known as whiplash, which is characterized by a sudden jerk or strain in the neck muscles, causing acute neck pain. This can result in the misalignment of the vertebrae in your neck, known as cervical subluxation. This, in turn, can irritate the nerves, discs, and muscles in the neck, leading to chronic neck pain.
Neck Pain from Poor Posture
Poor posture is another significant contributor to chronic neck pain. When we maintain an unhealthy posture – like hunching over a computer or craning the neck to look at a smartphone – there is an excessive strain placed on the neck muscles and ligaments. Over time, this sustained strain could lead to the misalignment of the spinal vertebrae, specifically the cervical vertebrae of the neck, a condition known as cervical subluxation. This misalignment may cause irritation and inflammation in the surrounding nerves, muscles, and discs, resulting in chronic neck pain. It’s essential to pay attention to posture, particularly when engaging in activities that require prolonged sitting or standing, to mitigate the risk of developing such discomfort.
Neck Pain from Lifestyle Factors
Lifestyle factors significantly contribute to the development and exacerbation of chronic neck pain. Sedentary behaviors, such as prolonged sitting at a desk or excessive screen time, can lead to poor posture and increase the strain on the neck muscles. Lack of exercise can also weaken the neck and back muscles over time, making them more susceptible to injury and pain. Poor sleep habits, including the use of unsupportive pillows or sleeping in awkward positions, can exacerbate existing neck pain. Additionally, high-stress levels can cause muscle tension and tightness in the neck. It’s important to maintain a balanced lifestyle, incorporating regular physical activity, proper ergonomics, and stress management techniques, to prevent and alleviate chronic neck pain.
The Gonstead Technique
The Gonstead technique is an advanced chiropractic technique that is used to locate and address subluxations in the spine. Subluxations occur when there is a misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine, resulting in nerve interference and pain. At Family Chiropractic, we use the Gonstead technique to locate and correct these subluxations, providing you with long-term relief from chronic neck pain. The technique includes instrumentation, static palpation, motional palpation, and x-rays to ensure that we identify the root cause of the pain and address it accordingly.
Spinal adjustment is another technique we use to treat chronic neck pain. It involves applying controlled force to the spine to restore proper alignment and mobility. During a spinal adjustment, patients may hear a “pop” sound, which is simply the release of trapped gas in the joint. This technique is highly effective in reducing pain, inflammation, and improving overall range of motion. Drs. Amanda and Cotey Jordan will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that includes spinal adjustments to help alleviate your chronic neck pain.
Active Release Techniques
Active release techniques are soft tissue therapies that can be used to treat muscle tension in the neck. These techniques involve manual pressure applied by the doctor to release tension in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments around the neck. The active release technique helps to break up scar tissue and adhesions that may contribute to chronic neck pain. It improves muscle function and reduces pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Drs. Cotey and Amanda Jordan have extensive experience in utilizing active release techniques to help our patients find relief from chronic neck pain.
In addition to the above-mentioned chiropractic techniques, we also provide advice on lifestyle changes that can help alleviate chronic neck pain. Practicing proper posture, taking frequent breaks from work, avoiding screens before bedtime, and using ergonomic furniture are some of the lifestyle changes we recommend. These modifications can help prevent the recurrence of chronic neck pain and improve your overall quality of life.
End Your Chronic Neck Pain – Treat It at the Root at Family Chiropractic
Chronic neck pain can significantly impact the quality of your life if left untreated. At Family Chiropractic, we understand the root cause of chronic neck pain and implement effective chiropractic techniques to treat it. Drs. Cotey and Amanda Jordan use the Gonstead technique, spinal adjustments, active release techniques, and lifestyle modifications to provide you with a holistic treatment plan that addresses the multifaceted aspects of chronic neck pain. Book your appointment today, and let us help you find relief from chronic neck pain.