Suffering with Neck Pain?
Thousands of people suffer with neck pain. Most patients never receive the care they need even though chiropractors have been helping people with this condition for more than 100 years(1). This article from our Chiropractic team located in Porirua and Wellington is here to help you understand the benefits of chiropractic care.
Understanding Neck Pain
Do you have:
- Muscle tension in the neck and base of the skull
- Stiffness with turning head
- Posture shows head tilt
- Pain is relieved temporarily with stretch, massage, or heat
- Potential headaches or arm pain
Neck pain can be a ‘pain in the neck!’ Necks are designed to be mobile, so if yours isn’t chances are that it’s out of balance and it’s unlikely to get better on its own. While most people reach for over-the-counter pain medications to get rid of the pain, at Chiropractic Balance we ask: ‘What is the cause of your neck pain?’
Frequently the cause of neck pain is an imbalance of the spine and nerves (subluxation) and it’s not going to get better on its own(2). Medication may reduce the pain but it often doesn’t solve the underlying problem.
Chiropractic Care is Very Effective for Neck Pain
The good news helps is at hand: Spinal imbalance is what our Chiropractors specialize in identifying and correcting. Several studies have shown that chiropractic care can help improve both acute and chronic neck pain disorders(3)(4).
We want to get you out of pain and keep you like that so you can do the things you enjoy.
If you have neck pain, at your first visit we will review your history and do a thorough examination to see if the imbalance is causing your neck pain. If it is, we will begin working on correcting it. But we don’t stop there, we examine the rest of your spine and body to see if it's contributing to your imbalance and look at your lifestyle for what might have caused the imbalance in the first place. We help you focus on making supportive changes that can include exercise, nutrition, posture, and well-being.
(1)Herman, P. M., Edgington, S. E., Ryan, G. W., & Coulter, I. D. (2019). Prevalence and Characteristics of Chronic Spinal Pain Patients with Different Hopes (Treatment Goals) for Ongoing Chiropractic Care. Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.), 25(10), 1015-1025. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2019.0247
(2)Chiropractic.org.nz. 2020. Vertebral Subluxation » New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association. [online] Available at: <https://www.chiropractic.org.nz/about-chiropractic/vertebral-subluxation/> [Accessed 15 April 2020].
(3)Bronfort, G., Evans, R., Anderson, A., Svendsen, K., Bracha, Y. and Grimm, R., 2012. Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain. Annals of Internal Medicine, 156(1_Part_1), p.1.
(4)Bos, I., 2003. Cost-effectiveness of physiotherapy, manual therapy, and general practitioner care for neck pain: economic evaluation alongside a randomized controlled trial. BMJ, 326(7395), pp.911-911.