Not many people can strongly say that they have never been down with neck pain. It is quite common for a person to wake up for a night’s sleep with a stiff neck and an excruciating pain whenever he tries to move his neck. But bad posture is not the only reason that can give you neck pains.
Other causes might be excess stress on your neck, herniated discs, ageing, arthritis etc. Most of these cases, however, are physiological in nature and are not linked to diseases or other conditions. Hence, stiff neck & headache treatment requires a more physiological treatment rather than medicines.
Supporting our head on top of the spinal cord, the neck muscles play a pivotal role in maintaining our postures. Also, unlike other body muscles which get their share of rest when we are not doing any work, our neck muscles are always strained, in their attempt to keep our head upright. Hence, our neck muscles form an important part of our body and this is evident from the fact that we can continue our daily activities with a stomach ache or some other problems, but when down with neck pain, we prefer to take the day off.
Also, neck pain does not always remain restricted to the neck alone and often spreads to the head, hands and the back, and can cripple us for quite some time till the pains abate.
Hence, it is important to get a therapist specialized in chiropractic treatments to tend to those stiff muscles of your neck whenever you have neck pain. Being specialized in the job, a chiropractor knows the exact pressure point in the muscles and bones which can provide relief from the pain.
With the advent of technology, a chiropractor today uses facilities like X-ray, MRI and other screening techniques to gain an understanding of the patient’s musculoskeletal anatomy and also performs an analysis of the extent of his stiffness and the range of his motion to determine the therapy that would be best for him or her.
Chiropractic treatments often include specialized massages focused at relieving the stress in the muscles of the affected area, heat treatment to relax the muscles, electric stimulation or even laser therapies to abate the crippling pain. Chiropractic regimen, however, is a long term process and involves physiological rehabilitation for the patients in addition to the normal stretching or sometimes even the spinal decompression therapy.
Apart from the therapy, a good chiropractor can also guide you properly with exercises that will help you to keep your neck pain at bay and also advise you about how to maintain a good posture and thus prevent neck pains from occurring. Several pain relief centres offer chiropractic therapy to treat patients with neck pain rather than giving them medicines from the same.
All in all, when performed by an experienced and qualified person, chiropractic treatment is very effective in treating persistent neck pains and most importantly, does not have side effects like many medicines do