Columbia, MO Chiropractor Treating Neck Pain
Did you know that Chiropractic Care can offer fast relief from your neck pain?
The cervical spine, which we refer to as our neck, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine is incredibly flexible and gives us a large range of motion. However, it can be prone to injury. This is because the weight of the head (around 12 lbs) rests on the cervical spine, and the bio mechanics of the joints makes the neck susceptible to injury. Some events can have negative effects on cervical spine biomechanics. These include: extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear and tear. Neck pain can range from irritation all the way to debilitation. Regardless, chiropractic treatment can ease this pain.
Here is a list of some things that can cause neck pain:
Injury and Accidents:
A sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction and the resulting movement in the opposite direction is known as whiplash. The sudden change in direction injures the surrounding and supporting tissues of the neck and head. Muscles react by tightening and contracting which leads to muscle fatigue, direct trauma, pain and stiffness. Severe whiplash can also relate to injuries in other structures of the body such as intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, muscles and nerve roots. Car accidents, falls and sports injuries are the most common cause of whiplash.
Muscle Fatigue due to repetitive use:
One common cause of muscle fatigue is working a desk job. We don’t typically think of this as a strenuous activity. However, when we force our neck into one position for a long period of time, our bodies tend to compensate. This compensation is the tightening of the shoulder and neck muscles which in turn puts immense pressure on our cervical spine. While less traumatic than a whiplash injury, a repetitive injury such as this can be a huge problem without proper care.
Research Supporting Chiropractic Care:
One of the most recent reviews of scientific literature found evidence that patients with chronic neck pain enrolled in clinical trials reported significant improvement following chiropractic spinal manipulation.
As part of the literature review, published in the March/April 2007 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, the researchers reviewed nine previously published trials and found “high-quality evidence” that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal manipulation. No trial group was reported as having remained unchanged, and all groups showed positive changes up to 12 weeks post-treatment.
If you or someone you know is suffering from neck pain or headaches call us today at (573) 999-7805.
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