Can Chiropractic Care Help
Your Neck Pain?
By Micah Hamilton, DC
Approximately 70% of the population will experience neck pain in their lifetime (3). Neck pain can happen for many reasons, but what is the best option for getting rid of neck pain?
If you find yourself not getting anywhere with that nagging neck pain, it may be time to take a look at some alternative solutions.
Many Americans will try and decrease their pain with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which include names such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc. Yet is that the safest option to treat your neck pain?
Research has shown that NSAIDs increase the risk of heart disease, cause over 200,000 hospitalizations and between 10,000-20,000 deaths each year (2). With these alarming statistics many people are seeking a natural alternative, rather than medications, for treating their pain.
To understand how chiropractic can help with neck pain it is important to understand what chiropractic is.
Chiropractic is the largest drug-free health care profession in the world.
Chiropractors focus on the relationship between structure and function, meaning that they detect and correct specific misalignments of the spine and extremities that can be causing irritation, inflammation and malfunction of the nervous system. Many times this is done through a specific chiropractic adjustment, also known as manipulation. By applying a skilled adjustment to spinal vertebrae, the objective is to restore normal biomechanics while stimulating mechanoreceptors (sensory receptors) deep in the joint, which decreases the response of nociceptors (nerve cells) that are responsible for sending pain signals to the brain. These adjustments can increase joint range of motion and reduce pain.
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