When these sites are affected other symptoms can arise such as reduced range of motion and referred pain to other areas of the body, particularly in the neck headaches are common.
Spinal misalignment and abnormal spinal motion can contribute to neck pain. The nerves in the upper neck supply the head and face so when they are irritated they can often refer pain into these areas. Spinal misalignment puts additional stress on the spinal joints, discs ligaments and muscles. When this extra stress is persistent, pain can often be felt. Other common causes include trauma to the neck such as whiplash injuries, falls, sporting injuries and sleeping in unsupported positions. Postural alterations are another consideration for neck pain, especially those who work on computers for extended periods of time.
What we do?
Your chiropractor will examine your entire spine for spinal misalignment, along with a thorough range of motion assessment, orthopaedic testing, posture analysis and neurological testing. The more misalignments that you have the more stress on your body, which decreases its ability to function at its maximum capacity. A chiropractor correct these spinal misalignments with what is termed an adjustment. In regards to neck pain, posture training, neck exercises/strengthening are advised where applicable. We also have a range of pillows which we recommend for optimal head, neck and body positioning during sleep.
How can we help?
Chiropractic treatment may reduce or resolve neck pain, however this is purely dependant on each individual and what their chiropractic issues are. Unfortunately, most people have misalignments in their spine and don’t realise it until they experience pain. Treatment success is dependent on many factors such as how long the problem has been there, the amount of wear and tear (degeneration) is present, whether there is referred pain, posture, occupational stress and social stresses all have an impact on the outcome.
To discuss your neck pain and to arrange an appointment for treatment please do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment to get you back to your best.