If you’ve ever woken up with pain or stiffness in your neck, you are not alone. By some estimates, nearly half of American workers suffer from some degree of neck pain. Although neck pain usually improves in a few days and is rarely an indicator of anything serious, there are some things that are helpful to know when dealing with that pain in the neck.
Many times neck pain is due to nothing more serious that bad posture or sleeping in a strange position. Stress and anxiety, seemingly ever present in our society today, also play a part as stress tends to make us tense our muscles, leading to pain. When neck pain is due to these types of things, hot or cold packs and relaxation techniques will likely do the trick to chase away the pain.
More serious cases of neck pain may be brought on by sports injury, whiplash, migraine headaches, conditions such as frozen shoulder or even spinal problems. People who experience pain due to these types of conditions may require a higher level of care to alleviate the pain. And of course, anyone who experiences prolonged or severe pain should always reach out to their health care professional to be examined.
In the case of chronic pain, more and more people are seeking out drug-free care. While neck pain, like other types of pain, has historically been treated with drug therapies, including narcotics, the risk of side effects, addiction and even death are not worth any benefits the drugs may have. In addition, drug therapies only temporarily mask symptoms, certainly not what sufferers of chronic pain need. As an alternative to traditional drug therapies, more and more patients are seeking out drug-free care and chiropractic neurology fits the bill.
With an in-depth understanding of the brain- nervous system connection, Chiropractic Neurologists are experts in their field, highly trained and qualified to treat a wide range of neurological disorders using non-invasive and drug-free therapies. While each patient is unique, treatments for neck pain may include chiropractic care, neurological rehab, cervical decompression therapy, strengthening, stretching, muscle stimulation and more. Treating the root cause rather than masking the symptoms allows patients to return to optimal health.
Whether you are suffering from chronic pain or injury, the team at Georgia Chiropractic Neurology Center is here to help. For more information about how Chiropractic Neurology can help you, please contact us today.