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Neck Pain, Posture and Headaches

You know that feeling – the one where you start to feel a headache coming on. For many people, it is a daily occurrence and often begins in the neck and shoulders. That’s right – tight muscles around your neck can result in tension headaches. What’s more, if you sit at a computer all day, your posture may also be contributing to a decreased range of motion, premature degenerative changes in your spine, and headaches – but there’s good news! There are a few simple steps you can take to help you feel less pain, increase your energy, and fend off those degenerative changes. New evidence-based guidelines strongly recommend a combination of exercise, stretching, and Chiropractic adjustments to help reduce neck pain, headaches, and muscle tension. 

Chronic neck pain can rob you of the things you love. Enjoying your hobbies, taking a few moments to relax, and time with your family can all be affected. However, neck pain and headaches don’t have to be a part of your daily life. By understanding the latest research, you can take massive action to improve your health. Check out the next steps below to find a few tips to help you take your life back from pain. 

It’s exciting that research has continued to showcase that you’re in charge of your health. Your habits and lifestyle can make a massive impact. Start reducing neck pain today by taking breaks every 45-60 minutes and stretching out your neck and shoulders. Take a brisk walk during lunch or hit the gym a few times a week to increase your activity levels. Finally, don’t forget about getting adjusted. Research proves that Chiropractic adjustments are a smart decision! 

Neck Pain Basics

Neck Pain, Posture and Headaches.pngBottom Line: Neck pain is one of the top three reasons people visit our practice. Acute neck pain and cervical radiculopathy can be debilitating. They can keep people out of work, slow down their social life and can even lead to depression.

The bottom line is that Chiropractic has been shown to be more effective than medication, extremely safe and to have high levels of patient satisfaction.

Why it Matters: Top research publications like SPINE, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics have all recently published studies supporting the use of Chiropractic adjustments for neck pain.

Recent research indicates that over 85% percent of patients who had Chiropractic care were found to have statistically and clinically significant improvement in their neck pain and radiculopathy. What about medications? Well, Chiropractic was found to be more effective in both the short and long term that pharmaceuticals.

There is no reason everyone shouldn’t make Chiropractic their first stop to find relief from neck pain. Your weekly Research That Matters handouts will help you educate, entertain, and entice your patients to share the message of Chiropractic with their friends and family.

  • Research has shown Chiropractic care to be extremely safe.
  • Of the nearly 20,000 patients examined by SPINE, none reported complications

    while receiving Chiropractic care.

  • Of people receiving adjustments, 94% reported high levels of patient satisfaction.
  • Similary, those having just received a Chiropractic adjustment reported their pain

    was reduced by up to 75%.

  • Of people receiving Chiropractic adjustments for neck pain, 85% experienced significant improvement.

Can Your Neck Cause Arm Pain? 

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Bottom Line:

Have you ever had a “dead arm”? It’s an uncomfortable combination of pain and numbness from sitting or sleeping in an awkward position that thankfully goes away after a few minutes. If you have cervical radiculopathy, that same feeling of pain, numbness, and weakness in your arm isn’t likely to go away on its own. Intense pain, numbness, or weakness in your arm and shoulder is commonly caused by a neck injury. If a disc, bone or ligament irritates or compresses a nerve root in your neck, it can create symptoms in your arm and shoulder. The nerves that exit the spine in your neck are responsible for the sensation and strength in your arm, and when those nerves become aggravated, it can result in pain. 

 

Why it Matters:

Cervical radiculopathy is often misdiagnosed. It would seem as though the pain in your arm would be an “arm problem,” not a neck problem. Arthritic and degenerative changes slowly change the structure of your spine. Add in any sports injuries, poor posture, and the effects of gravity, and you quickly create a situation where your biomechanics, or how you move, is less than ideal. Over time this can result in destructive changes to the bone, disc, and ligament which in turn irritate the nearby nerves. Fortunately, exciting new research has showcased that Chiropractic care may be one of the safest and most effective conservative care options to help you recover from cervical radiculopathy. 

– The nerves in your neck travel down your arm and hand to provide strength and sensation.

– Arm and hand pain or weakness can originate from the nerves coming from your neck.

– Research has shown Chiropractic care can provide more relief than many commonly prescribed medications and injections.

Next Steps: 

Be sure to attend our next workshop which will help give you practical tips to avoid neck and arm pain. The care we provide is specifically designed to help you find lasting relief and regain your quality of life, and in this complimentary workshop, you will discover all the natural ways cervical radiculopathy can be prevented and treated. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Science Source: 

Spine Manipulation Post-Epidural Injection for Lumbar and Cervical Radiculopathy: A Retrospective Case Series. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. September 2004 Chiropractic Treatment of Cervical Radiculopathy Caused by a Herniated Cervical Disc. JMPT 1994