If your house was on fire and the smoke alarm was going, removing the batteries wouldn’t solve the problem, would it? So how does taking pain relief solve back and neck pain? Exactly it doesn’t. But what it does do is silence the symptoms.
Pain of any kind, at any age, is a sign that something isn’t right. Pain is the way your body signals that a limit has been reached or a problem has developed.
Causes of neck pain:
Daily Life: sleeping in a funny position, sitting too long at your desk, poor posture, obesity, playing sports-muscular strains, improper lifting/bending.
Growing Older: Age-related disorders such as osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease directly affect the cervical spine.
Injury and Accidents: falls, slips, and car accidents.
Symptoms of neck pain:
(There are a variety of symptoms for neck and back pain as there is a variety of causes, therefore symptoms are not just limited to the ones listed.)
How to treat neck/back pain?
You have a few choices when it comes to treating your back/neck pain, but what really works?
X – Ignore it (problems may get worse)
X – Bed rest – may prolong the problem
X – Medicine – numbs the body, therefore doesn’t treat the cause
Then how can I treat my back/neck pain you may ask!?
When it comes to treating neck and back pain, Chiropractic care has an excellent success rate. It’s drug free and non-invasive care is been much appreciated by patients.
Was Chiropractic care your first thought when you hurt your back/neck? It should have been!!
By performing an adjustment on the back/neck, a chiropractor can remove any interferences in the nerves caused by the bones of the spine putting pressure on the nerves of the spine, which then can alleviate your neck/back pain and other symptoms you maybe experiencing. (By returning the proper function of the nervous system this treats the cause, and not just numbs the body like medication can do.)
How many visits will it take to the Chiropractor to get rid of my back/neck pain?
The number of chiropractic adjustments required varies based on the nature of your condition-how long the problem has been there and the cause, the health of your spine and what the Chiropractor finds upon your first/second visit (The Consultation & Examination, and reviewing of the x-rays)
Tips to prevent back and neck pain
Most importantly see your Chiropractor regularly!
Resource: Muller R. & Giles, L. (2005) Long-Term Follow-up of a Randomized Clinical Trial Assessing the Efficacy of Medication, Acupuncture, and Spinal Manipulation for Chronic Mechanical Spinal Pain Syndromes. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 28(1), 1490-1502.