Until you have neck pain, you probably won’t realize how much you move your neck during the course of a day. If you do have neck pain, you’ll be only too aware of the limitations it causes as well as the discomfort, but Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, in Grand Island, Nebraska, can help. the team has exceptional skills in using chiropractic adjustments to relieve the causes of neck pain. Call Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, today to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.
Neck pain most often occurs because of damage to the cervical (neck) vertebrae, soft tissues, or discs. Stress and tension are common causes of neck pain, as they make your muscles tighten and can lead to the development of knotted muscle fibers. Some other common causes of neck pain include:
Any misalignment of the vertebrae in your neck or pressure from inflamed tissues can cause nerve compression due to the numerous nerves branching off from the central spinal cord. Nerve compression is a frequent source of neck pain, as well as tingling, numbness, and loss of function in your hands and arms.
In order to treat your neck pain effectively, Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, needs to find what’s causing the pain. The practice has convenient on-site digital X-ray facilities and also cooperates with local radiology groups to provide CT and MRI scans.
These diagnostic imaging tools, together with a physical exam and review of your symptoms, should enable your provider to diagnose the cause of your neck pain.
Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, uses multiple methods to treat neck pain, including:
They combine in-office treatment sessions with exercises and teach you how to exercise at home as well for the best results. You may also benefit from electrical muscle stimulation, cold beam laser, and therapeutic ultrasound.
The practice has specialist expertise in treating problems caused by herniated discs, which are a common cause of neck pain. They can eliminate disc pain using natural methods that can help you avoid the use of prescription painkillers or the need for spinal surgery.
As so many causes of neck pain relate to how you use your neck and look after it, there are many ways in which you can prevent neck pain.
Bad posture is a common problem, so thinking about how you hold your neck and not falling into bad habits is an excellent place to start. If you’re carrying anything, spread the weight evenly across your shoulders, and don’t overload your purse or shoulder bag.
Try to avoid bending your neck into an awkward position, like attempting to hold the phone between your ear and your shoulder or sleeping with your head at an odd angle. Keeping everything in line and avoiding strain on your neck stops soft tissue damage and prevents the vertebrae from becoming misaligned.
Don’t forget the importance of stress management to stop muscle tension, which can cause headaches in addition to neck pain. Exercising your neck to keep it strong and supple can also help prevent injuries. Activities like yoga and Pilates can achieve both these goals.
The team at Grand Island Chiropractic Center, PC, can help and advise you on how to look after your neck. Call today to find out more or request an appointment online.