What is the most valuable thing in the world to you? As the great physician, Hippocrates once said, “A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession.” We agree. All of the cars, watches, and bitcoin in the world has never improved anyone’s health. That is why we are so passionate about helping you get well and stay well with chiropractic care. And we aren’t alone. A recent study in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine showed that chiropractic care had an extremely high perceived value for people suffering from neck pain. In other words, people loved getting adjusted!
Believe it or not, many people are nervous to start chiropractic care. The truth is that chiropractic care is safer than many medications, and has far less risk than surgery. Safety is first. Not only is “do no harm” part of the oath that doctors take, but it is also a pretty good principle for all of us to live by. But, no matter how safe you are, there are times when you get hurt or injured. And finding the healthcare option that is safe, provides excellent results, and has high patient satisfaction can be tricky. Or is it? In 2007, SPINE (one of the world’s most respected research journals) looked at data from over 50,000 chiropractic adjustments given to nearly 20,000 patients. And they found chiropractic care to be incredibly safe and effective.
- Up to 85% of people with acute neck pain found relief with chiropractic adjustments
- 94% of people receiving adjustments reported high patient satisfaction
Chronic neck pain can rob you of the things you love. Enjoying your hobbies, taking a few moments to relax, and time with your family can all be affected. But neck pain, or headaches, don’t have to be a part of your daily life. You know that feeling. The one where you start to feel a headache coming on. For many people, headaches often begin in the neck and shoulders. That’s right, tight muscles around your neck can result in tension headaches. And if you sit at a computer all day then your posture may also be contributing to a decreased range of motion, premature degenerative changes in your spine, and headaches. But there is good news! There are a few simple steps you can take to help you feel less pain, increase your energy, and fend off those degenerative changes.
New evidence-based guidelines strongly recommend a combination of exercise, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments can help reduce neck pain, headaches, and muscle tension. Your habits and lifestyle can make a huge impact on your health. Start reducing neck pain today by taking breaks every 45-60 minutes and stretching out your neck and shoulders. Take a brisk walk during lunch or hit the gym a few times a week to increase your activity levels. And finally, don’t forget about getting adjusted. It’s exciting that research has continued to showcase that you are in charge of your health!
Neck pain and headaches often go hand-in-hand, but neck pain can cause much more. Cervical radiculopathy is the medical term for when a spinal disc in your neck is irritating or compressing a nerve root, causing pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm and hand. Specific neck movements, like twisting or bending, may increase the pain. This can happen because of injury, or degenerative changes in the spine as we age. Fortunately, most people do not require risky surgery or dangerous drugs to find relief. Over 95% of people get well with natural healthcare such as chiropractic.
A pinched nerve in your neck can cause a lot of pain, and it can be tempting to reach for medications to find relief. But research shows us you may want to contact your chiropractor before reaching for any pills. The Annals of Internal Medicine found that chiropractic adjustments provided more pain relief than medications for people suffering with neck pain. And the relief was long-lasting. The patients in the study experienced “statistically significant” relief up to 1 year after the initial treatment!
Chiropractors are trained to help people live a healthy, active lifestyle, using safe, natural treatment options. So call us to schedule your appointment today!
Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain- A Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, Volume 156, 2012
Safety of Chiropractic Manipulation of the Cervical Spine. SPINE, Volume 32, 2007
Evidence-Based Guidelines for the Chiropractic Treatment of Adults with Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. Volume 37. 2014
Outcomes from Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Confirmed Symptomatic Cervical Disk Herniation Patients Treated with High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude Spinal Manipulative Therapy. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2013
Risk of Vertebrobasilar Stroke and Chiropractic Care. SPINE, Volume 33. 2008