Chiropractic Treatment For Neck Pain

Today’s modern living often entails hours of driving and hunching over workstations, which can play havoc with our necks. So it is no surprise that neck pain is the second most common condition that we treat at Taunton Chiropractors.

Whilst neck pain is less common than low back pain, millions of people experience neck pain often in combination with related pain such as headaches, shoulder and arm pain at some point in their lives. As musculoskeletal specialists Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat various types of neck pain using various tried and tested techniques.

Neck Pain from Poor Posture

Chiropractors recognise that poor posture can contribute to spinal pain. Very often poor posture is a result of an existing muscle imbalance, pain or bad habits. A slumped posture causes increased musculoskeletal stress, which in turn may lead to conditions such as; headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, shoulder pain, numbness or tingling in the arms or hands & pain in the shoulder blades.

If you work in an office, sitting is part of what you have to do, but too much sitting is not good for you.

Sitting doubles the pressure on the discs in your low back. This static posture will also affect the muscles in the lower back, neck, arms and legs.

The muscles prefer to be used in dynamic rather than static activities. The reason being that they depend on movement to maintain normal tone.  The postural muscles are the ones that are most likely to suffer.

Prolonged sitting can cause muscles that support the spine to weaken and over time this weakness becomes significant. As our muscles fatigue it often results in the upper back being more slumped.

Over time a poor sitting posture and incorrect work ergonomics can damage spinal structures and become the cause of recurrent episodes of pain. Chiropractors place great emphasis on giving both postural and ergonomic advice as part of the chiropractic treatment.

Patients coming to Taunton Chiropractors with neck pain will have a thorough examination in order to establish the basis of their pain symptoms. A bespoke program of chiropractic care can then commence. This treatment program typically includes manual treatment (chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy) and medical acupuncture to reduce the symptoms. We also give clients postural advice and rehabilitation exercises help to re-establish a flexible, strong and pain-free posture.

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Neck Pain caused by Wear & Tear

Wear and tear, Osteoarthritis or Joint Degeneration occurs due to the accumulation of stresses over time. Throughout life the spine is required to withstand considerable weight bearing strain, purely as a result of the pressures of daily living.

The overall effects of degenerative changes of the spine, leads to a feeling of stiffness and reduced spinal mobility. However, just like any other part of the body, the better care that is taken of the spine, the less degeneration is likely to occur.

Chiropractic treatment can be very effective for the symptoms caused by wear and tear. It is never too late to take proper care of the spine and help slow down the ageing process.

Neck Pain caused by Trauma

Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head backwards and forwards or sideways, are referred to as “whiplash”. Whether from a car accident, sporting injury or an accident at work, whiplash or neck injuries warrant a thorough Chiropractic examination.

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