Many patients will run to a chiropractor in Vancouver, WA at the first sign of pain in the neck, shoulder or back. In his article for Everyday Health, Dennis Thompson, Jr. explains why it is important to establish the source of one’s pain before consulting a chiropractor.
Popular Treatment for Pain
People in the United States have experienced chiropractic care more than other alternative therapies such as yoga, massage and acupuncture. No wonder there are more than 60,000 licensed chiropractors in the country; patients swear by the effectiveness of the treatment.
How Neck Pain is Treated
For neck pain in particular, a chiropractic in Vancouver WA applies neck adjustments called cervical manipulation to loosen up the joints of the cervical vertebrae in the neck, which can reduce pain caused by pinched nerves and muscle spasms. They deftly use their hands to twist the neck sharply and snap the vertebrae back into alignment. By restoring your joints’ mobility, chiropractic offers neck pain treatment that aims to fix the source of the pain rather than just treat its symptoms.
Other Health Benefits
Chiropractic, however, does not only involve a straightening of the spine to improve one’s posture. Instead, practitioners believe that by re-aligning, or fixing the subluxations, the nervous system is able to better function, allowing the brain and the organs to communicate better.
With communication lines improved, it is believed that the body can then perform better and more holistically.
Before heading off to a chiropractic, however, make sure that it is something that can be treated by them. Note that not all neck or back pains will require chiropractic treatment, but rather, emergency medical attention. Such instances would include neck pain accompanied by fever, headache, or vomiting. These symptoms may indicate that you may have meningitis, a serious infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
At the end of the day, your health should be your primary consideration when you seek viable treatments for your condition. A chiropractic practitioner, such as those in Forgey Chiropractic, should be able to properly assess and determine whether or not this is the appropriate treatment you need, and what kind of plan should suit you best.
(Article excerpt and image from “Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain,” 07 May 2009, Everyday Health)