Category: Neck Pain
How Can A Chiropractor Help With Neck Pain
Everyone feels pain in their neck from time to time…right?
You’ve probably felt that pain after getting up in the morning or after sitting too long at work.
It usually goes away after a few hours. A day or two at worst.
But for some reason it’s staying around a little longer than normal this time so you start the search on what you can do to help stop your neck pain.
When it comes to treatment there are so many options to choose from you just don’t know where to begin. Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, Doctor, Exercises?
The list goes on.
So when is the right time to see a chiropractor for neck pain?
How Does A Chiropractor Help With Neck Pain
Before knowing when to see a chiropractor for neck pain, understanding what a chiropractor does is just as important.
Chiropractors specialise in assessment and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Put simply they work on the interaction between the joints, muscles and nerves in the body and how they cause pain.
When you begin experiencing neck pain whether it’s happening for the first time or it’s happened time and time again there is always a change to the muscles and joints in the area.
A chiropractor can assess what’s causing the changes in your muscles and joints leading to your neck pain through a series of questions and examinations. This will help determine what the best treatment is to stop your discomfort as quickly as possible.
When To See A Chiropractor for Neck Pain
Getting professional help for any pain you have is always advised but is seeing a chiropractor the right choice?
Especially when you’re suffering with neck pain that won’t go away you’ll do just about anything that helps as long as you know it’s safe.
There are many symptoms of neck pain that a chiropractor can help give you relief from. These symptoms include:
– Pain that is progressively getting worse
– Pain that continues to come and go
– Neck pain with tingling or electric pain into the arm or fingers which may be from a pinched nerve or neck bulging disc
– Neck pain on one or both sides of the neck that is limiting your movement
– Pain that is reduced by medication but comes back again when the medication wears off
– Neck pain that comes on with headaches (cervicogenic headaches)
What a Chiropractor Does For Your Neck Pain
The most important thing a chiropractor will do for you is diagnose your problem.
If any practitioner be it a doctor, physiotherapist or chiropractor begins treating you without a diagnosis make sure you get a second opinion before you go any further.
A chiropractor will ask about your symptoms to find the underlying cause of your pain. This will allow them to come up with a number of diagnosis which are confirmed through a series of examinations which include various movement tests of your neck to come up with a final diagnosis.
Treatment is then based specifically on your diagnosis…IF it’s determined as safe to treat you.
Chiropractic treatment for neck pain will generally include:
That cracking noise you hear at a chiropractor can be pretty nerve racking.
If you like a lot of other people are hesitant to go to a chiropractor because of the cracking noise you hear put your mind at ease.
Neck adjustments involve a gentle movement of the joints in your neck that are restricting your necks movement. This help reduce tension and increase mobility in your spine.
While neck adjustments are extremely safe, if it’s something you don’t feel comfortable with there are various other techniques which can be used to still effectively get you out of pain. Communication is always key so let your chiropractor know if you’re ever feeling uncomfortable with anything.
Soft tissue work (Muscle releases and Massage)
Have you noticed how tight the muscles around your neck and shoulders get when you experience neck pain?
The muscles around your neck tighten up to protect your neck from movements that will cause it more pain. Funnily enough it can be the tight muscles around your neck because of poor posture which lead to your neck pain in the first place!
A chiropractor will assess which specific muscles have tightened up and perform certain muscle releases and soft tissue work to reduce the tension in your neck. Along with adjustments this can give you the best results for your pain.
I know…neck pain exercises and neck stretches are the last thing you want to do when you can barely move your neck.
A chiropractor can help perform these exercises and stretches with you and combine them with specific rehabilitation to not only stop your pain but hopefully keep it away.
The exercises and stretches performed for your neck pain are specific to your problem to reduce tension in certain areas, increase the length of tight muscles and increase strength in weak muscles.
Seeing A Chiropractor For Neck Pain Can Help Give You Relief
A study by (Bryans. R, 2014) showed that chiropractic treatment which involved a combination of adjustments, manual therapy, soft tissue work and exercises had strong evidence for acute and chronic neck pain and was beneficial in giving effective neck pain relief.
When a chiropractor assesses, diagnoses and treats your neck pain it can be extremely helpful in finally helping you move your neck freely without pain.
If you are experiencing neck pain and think chiropractic neck pain treatment can give you relief call us today or book online to see if one of our Chiropractors in Sydney CBD can help you.
Do You Have One Of These 5 Common Neck Pain Symptoms
Do you wake up with a stiff neck in the mornings?
Or find yourself turning and tilting your head from side to side after a few hours of being at work to get rid of that discomfort in your neck?
While your neck is such an important structure in controlling your movements, supporting your head and protecting your spinal cord the discomfort you feel can literally be:
The most annoying pain to put up with.
So why do you experience neck pain and are the neck pain symptoms you’re having something to be worried about.
What Are The Neck Pain Symptoms Causing Your Discomfort?
Because the neck is so complex, the neck pain symptoms you experience really depend on the underlying cause of your problem whether that be changes to the joints, muscles, nerves or a combination of all three.
Your muscles are there to support movement and in the case of your neck…to hold your head up!
Over time some muscles become overused, usually because of bad posture.
Think about the strain your neck muscles go through if you’re sitting with your head and shoulders hunched forward for most hours of the day.
Since these muscles become tight they can lead to pain in your neck where you usually have to massage it to make it feel better only for the pain to come back a few hours later.
Reduced Movement In Your Neck
The less you move your neck the more discomfort it will cause in the future
Imagine sitting down and looking at your computer or phone for 20 minutes straight. What about one hour or even two…
Do you even need to imagine it? Chances are you’re already doing it on a daily basis.
Holding your neck in certain positions leads to stiffness and pain which over time causes a reduction in movement in your neck. This pain which eventually becomes normal because you’re so used to it limits you from looking up, tilting from side to side and even fully turning over your shoulder.
Pain in Your Shoulder, Arm & Fingers
If you’re experiencing pain that goes down into your shoulder arm or fingers that may start with or without neck pain then this is a symptom of neck pain you have to watch out for.
As if neck pain isn’t bad enough pain in the arm usually suggests involvement of a nerve in your neck.
Two of the most common reasons for neck pain with pain in the arm are a neck bulging disc or degenerative change to the bone. Both of these can cause compression of the nerves in your neck.
Depending on which nerve is compressed will determine where you experience electric pain, pins and needles or tingling in your hands or fingers.
When this occurs its always best to see a health professional to get an accurate diagnosis of the problem.
If 1 + 1 = 2 than poor posture + neck pain = Headaches
Headaches are a very common symptom of neck pain since most of the muscles in the neck are used to hold your head up!
Cervicogenic headaches (Neck pain headaches) as they’re known are changes in the structure of the joints or muscles in your neck which cause referral to your head and give the feeling of a ‘headache’.
These structural changes often come about due to poor posture.
You might notice these headaches come about towards the end of the day especially after sitting for a long period of time because of tension build up throughout the day.
Neck Stiffness That Decreases With Movement
Your spine puts in a lot of hard work. Day after day. Year after year.
Walking, running, standing, sitting, bending and twisting. They’re normal things we do which lead to change over time. Like anything, with age, your spine undergoes wear and tear and gradual degeneration because of these stresses.
Your spine is made of bones which have discs in between them. These discs cushion your spine and protect it from these movements. Over time these discs wear out leading to degenerative change to both the disc and the bones of the spine.
Degenerative Disc Disease and osteoarthritis are both changes which cause the symptoms of a “stiff neck” when you wake up in the morning that goes away as you start moving.
Normally you’ll blame it on the pillow or say that you slept funny and get on with your day.
But the longer it continues coming and going for no apparent reason its time to see a health professional to see exactly whats going on.
What Can You Do About Your Neck Pain?
Your neck pain symptoms may be similar to the ones we just talked about or they may be very unique to you.
Two people may be suffering from identical symptoms but the causes of their symptoms may be completely different. Neck pain not only interferes with your day to day life but can also be an indicator of potential, long term health issues.
If you feel that your neck pain symptoms aren’t going away or are starting to get worse call us today or book online to see if neck pain treatment from a Spine and Posture Care Chiropractor in Sydney CBD can help you.
3 Simple Neck Stretches To Ease Your Pain
Do you go through days where neck pain or stiffness bothers your daily routine?
As much as you try to massage it, sometimes it just won’t go away.
Your neck pain usually comes about due to poor posture because of continued sitting or standing over the course of a day. Not only that but it can end up leading to mid back pain and cervicogenic headache (neck pain headaches).
Here are 3 simple neck stretches you can use to ease the pain you’re feeling and are useful stretches even when you’re not in pain!
Neck Stretches Can Give You Relief
Lateral Neck Stretch
- Tilt your head so that your left ear goes towards your left shoulder.
- Using your left arm, bring it over your head so that your left hand is touching the right side of your head.
- Gently pull down on your head so that you bring you ear closer to your shoulder.
(You should feel a stretch on the right side of your neck)
- Hold for 10 seconds and relax. Repeat 5-10 times
- Repeat on the opposite side.
Diagonal Neck Stretch
Turn your head so that your nose is in line with your left armpit.
- Bring your left arm over your head so that your hand is placed on the back of your head slightly towards the right hand side
- Gently pull down to bring your head closer to your left armpit.
(You should feel a stretch on the right side and back part of your neck)
- Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 5-10 times
- Repeat on the other side.
For the 2 stretches above utilise the following 2 tips for a bigger and more specific stretch:
- For a bigger stretch sit on your hand before attempting.
- Ensure you keep your shoulders down and relaxed when trying the stretch
This stretch is great for reducing pain in the neck as well as helping in specific cases where bad posture may cause your head to poke forward.
- Start by sitting as tall as possible in a chair.
- Make an L shape with your index finger and thumb and place your index finger on your chin with your thumb pointing towards you.
This is done to prevent your head from poking further forward when doing the exercise.
- Focus on a spot out in front of you and slowly pull your head backward making sure your chin doesn’t tilt up or down by continuously focusing on the spot.
You should feel a stretch in the back of your neck going up to the base of your skull.
- Hold the position for 5 seconds and relax. Repeat 10 times
Neck Pain Diagnosis is key
These neck stretches are useful in both reducing and preventing common neck pain symptoms you may experience.
In saying that, it is important to make sure you have a proper diagnosis for your problem so that you can perform exercises that are specific for the particular cause of your neck pain because in some cases such as a bulging disc in your neck stretches can do more harm then good.
The more specific the stretches are to your problem the better it is for you in the long run.
This will speed up your recovery as well as treating any underlying issues which may be causing your neck pain.
To see if neck pain treatment can reduce your pain call us today or book online to see if we can help.