Neck pain is a common problem that can prove uncommonly debilitating, with some 45 percent or the working population is struggling with it in any given year. If your neck is depriving you of sleep, productivity and sheer quality of life, you're probably searching for solutions that don't involve major surgery or mind-numbing painkillers. Here at Unity Chiropractic and Wellness Center, we're happy to serve as your source of natural neck pain relief.
Understanding Why Your Neck Hurts
The neck is a complex system of spinal vertebrae, nerves, muscles and connective tissues. This means your pain could stem from such diverse causes as:
- Whiplash - Whiplash is named for the whip-like head motion that may occur in a forceful impact. This causes the neck to extend and flex beyond its capacity, leaving you with soft tissue damage, cervical subluxation, herniated discs and pinched nerve roots. Whiplash may occur in conjunction with an auto accident, sports injury or another personal injury.
- Degenerative cervical spinal problems - Like other parts of the spinal column, the vertebrae in your neck are prone to degenerative ailments. Bulging discs, for example, can affect the spacing between vertebrae, which in turn irritates the vertebral joints. Osteoarthritis, stenosis and other degenerative conditions can all cause neck pain.
- Ongoing postural and alignment problems - If the weight of your head is even slightly unbalanced on your neck, you may experience chronic muscle aches and neck fatigue without knowing why. Poor posture at work can also produce chronic neck pain. If you're constantly tilting your head downward to read your smartphone or computer monitor, you can develop an overuse injury known as "text neck."
Non-Surgical Whiplash Treatment and Other Effective Remedies
Our chiropractors, Dr. Cantwell and Dr. Jelen, will evaluate your cervical spinal condition and ask you about your symptoms to determine the underlying cause of your neck pain. We can then administer immediate whiplash treatment and other acute or chronic neck pain care. Chiropractic adjustments can bring your cervical spinal components back into normal positional alignment, relieving herniated disc pain and restoring joint mobility. These adjustments can also ease chronic muscle strain by permitting your head to maintain a balanced position on top of your neck.
Other natural, non-invasive treatment options can also prove extremely helpful for relieving neck pain. If you're suffering from soft tissue strains, for example, acupuncture can stimulate your body's own natural painkilling responses, allowing you to steer clear of drugs. Myofascial therapies can also relieve neck pain by manipulating connective tissues in the neck, freeing long-held tension and helping those tissues to heal more normally. We can even recommend lifestyle changes at home or at work to help you maintain a straighter, healthier neck posture.
Our Beaverton Chiropractor Is Ready to Help!
Don't let your life turn into one gigantic pain in the neck. Call (503) 747-3388 for a consultation with our Beaverton chiropractor! We look forward to meeting with you!