Many individuals with neck pain will have also been diagnosed previously with a more serious musculoskeletal condition including migraine headaches, low back pain, or herniated disks. In fact, poor posture (especially if constantly sitting down) can put too much stress on the neck and upper back. As such, chiropractic treatments can often help alleviate these conditions to a great degree. Not only is this good for the health of your spine and neck, but it can also improve overall health and wellness.
One particular technique that is frequently used by chiropractors is known as “subluxation.” Essentially, a subluxation occurs when one or more vertebrae move elsewhere in your spine. When this happens, pressure is placed on an adjacent organ, usually your appendix bile duct. This can cause symptoms such as bloating, pain and/or pressure behind the head, and even difficulty breathing. For this reason, chiropractic treatment can be very beneficial in the first half of a patient’s spine, and very harmful in the second half.
Typically, the treatment plan begins with chiropractor may perform spinal manipulation to realign the spine. After this has been done, your chiropractor may begin to administer spinal manipulation using various hand positions and manual therapy techniques. If manual therapy is deemed not sufficient, your chiropractor may utilize other treatment plans in accordance with your treatment plan. Your treatment plan may include use of therapeutic exercises, chiropractic adjustments, steroid injections, and/or surgery. As stated above, a chiropractor may use any number of treatment plans in line with your needs and the severity of your neck pain.