The neck also referred to as the cervical spine, is one of the body’s most complex structures and holds many vital functions. The neck is responsible for stabilizing, supporting the full weight of the head— which weighs approximately 12 pounds, on average—and allowing it to turn and flex in different directions. However, the same flexibility that allows for the head’s movement is also what makes the neck especially susceptible to pain and injury.
If you’re experiencing neck pain, one of your best bets is to visit a chiropractor, who specializes in the alternative treatment of mechanical disorders of the spine. A chiropractor can perform adjustments to your spine, correct alignment problems, and ultimately leverage your body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Let’s take a closer look at the different treatment modalities that a chiropractor can administer to treat your neck pain.
Cervical Spine Manipulation and Mobilization
Chiropractic manipulation is a common technique employed by chiropractors on patients suffering from pain in the neck region or headaches and is a first-line treatment for a wide range of cervical spine conditions.
There are two general chiropractic manipulation approaches geared toward addressing cervical spine problems:
· Cervical Spinal Manipulation
Cervical spinal manipulation—also known as high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) technique)—is deemed as the oldest spinal manipulation technique. It involves the use of a quick therapeutic thrust over a brief duration within a joint’s anatomic range of motion.
Spinal manipulation has been shown to be effective and safe for addressing some forms of recent onset neck and back pain, as well as for chronic and recurring musculoskeletal disorders.
· Cervical Spinal Mobilization
Cervical spinal mobilization—also known as the low-velocity, low-amplitude (LVLA) technique—involves moving the spinal joint within a tolerable range of motion using less force.
A review of current literature indicates that LVLA is just as effective as HVLA for relieving neck pain and stiffness. Separate research evidence suggests that mobilization of the thoracic spine may also help soothe neck pain and stiffness.
Cervical traction essentially involves pulling your head away from your neck, thereby expanding the spaces between the vertebrae. Creating space between your vertebrae relaxes your muscles and ultimately relieves pain and stiffness in your neck.
There are two types used to stretch out the neck: manual traction and mechanical traction.
· Manual Traction
During a manual traction procedure, your chiropractor will pull your head away from your neck and reposition your head to achieve the best results, either by moving it to the side or gentle turning it.
· Mechanical Traction
During a mechanical traction procedure, your chiropractor will attach a harness to your head and neck as you lie flat on your back. The harness is hooked up to a machine that applies traction force to pull your head away from your neck to create an expansion, and consequently, relieve the compression and pain.
Proper Body Mechanics
In addition to providing pain relief using the modalities mentioned above, a chiropractor can spot any problems in your posture and help you correct them by recommending stretching exercises and those aimed at strengthening your core postural muscles.
Core postural muscles are muscles located deep within your abdomen, back, and pelvis; they act as a corset by preventing the force of gravity from pushing you forward, thereby helping you maintain an upright, balanced posture.
First-Rate Chiropractor in Grand Junction, CO
At WorkPartners Occupational Health, our licensed chiropractor Dr. Christopher Angello has two decades of experience in providing exceptional chiropractic care and has helped many of our patients achieve long-term pain relief and enjoy improved overall health.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Angello, call us at (970) 241-5585 or fill out our online appointment request form. In addition to our chiropractic services, we also offer occupational health packages that include treatment for work-related injuries, workers’ compensation, and preemployment physicals.