Addressing Your Pains with Chiropractic Care
Neck pain, stiffness and discomfort can be common and is also commonly helped by chiropractic care in Australia.
Neck pain is an extremely common form of musculoskeletal pain. According to a study from the European Spine Journal, almost 50% of individuals experience neck pain at some point during their life. In order to reduce the impact of this pain on your everyday life, and decrease the intensity of the pain, chiropractic treatment may be able to help.
Contact us or keep reading to find out how we may help you with your neck pain concern.
What are the Causes of Neck Pain?
Typical reasons for neck pain issues stem from our sedentary and technology-heavy lifestyle. Think about our daily lifestyles: we are not designed to sit all day and look at computer screens or mobile devices for the majority of our time. Going home to look at television screens or spend more time on phones and tablets doesn’t help either.
This lifestyle puts a great deal of stress on our neck, and it can often cause posture issues – all of this often can further contribute to neck pain.
Your neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and is made up of seven vertebrae. Your cervical spine supports the full weight of your head.
In the case of poor posture, your head may sit forward or jut out, meaning your body has to work harder to hold your head up right. Forward head posture contributes to increased stress, tension and pressure along your spinal column and down into the thoracic region of your back.
Common causes of neck pain include:
- Pinched nerves
- Herniated discs
- Bone spurs
- Degenerative joints
- Muscle strains, often from postural deviations
- Injuries, such as from sports or auto accidents
Common Neck Pain Treatments
Treatment for neck pain depends on the diagnosis. At Our Family Chiropractor, we may recommend the following treatment options, depending on your case of neck pain:
- Chiropractic care and other forms of manual therapy
- Exercise or stretching home therapy
How do Chiropractors treat Neck Pain?
Chiropractors use chiropractic neck adjustments to help address neck pain and related mobility issues. A Chiropractic neck adjustment can be of the manual type, or apply a more gentle approach. Both techniques are designed to loosen up the joints of the cervical vertebrae in the neck.
We find that both approaches may reduce pain caused by pinched nerves, muscle spasms, strains and other common contributing factors for neck pain.
Sometimes, neck problems can cause discomfort in other locations too. Pinched nerves can commonly radiate throughout the shoulder and down the arm. Chiropractors may often help relieve the cause of these discomforts by repositioning the bones, relaxing the muscles, and reducing the pressure on nerves.
In conjunction with your chiropractic treatment plan, at Our Family Chiropractor, our chiropractors often provide stretching and home exercises to ensure you can actively stay in the process of helping your neck pain and posture too.
Neck Pain FAQs
Is a chiropractor good for neck pain?
Yes. Neck pain is one of the top three reasons that people seek a Chiropractor in Australia. In fact the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel comments that neck pain can generally be successfully treated by chiropractors.
Is massage or chiropractic better for neck pain?
Both massage and Chiropractic care can be helpful for neck pain. Chiropractic care involves a thorough assessment of the cause of neck pain and an accurate diagnosis which allows us to address the cause of your neck pain specifically.
Can a chiropractor fix a pinched nerve in your neck?
Chiropractic adjustments are designed to decompress and elongate the spine which allows the discs to have more room. This can often relieve pressure of a herniated disc which is pressing on a nerve.
What causes forward head posture?
There are many reasons for forward head posture. The key in determining the cause of an individual’s forward head posture is a thorough assessment which allows us to look at nerve function, muscle engagement and overall postural muscle engagement. Once the specific cause of your forward head posture has been found, the treatment often involves Chiropractic adjustments, exercises and stretches along with lifestyle advice.
At Our Family Chiropractor, Dr. Kerry Falzon (Chiropractor) is experienced in addressing neck pain problems and similar issues. Get in touch by calling us at (02) 9527 6492 or visiting our clinic at Suite 6/17 Surf Rd, Cronulla NSW 2230.
Dr. Kerry Falzon (Chiropractor) is the principal chiropractor and founder of Our Family Chiropractor. Kerry studied a Bachelor of Chiropractic Science degree and followed this up with a Master of Chiropractic. Kerry has a passion for natural healthcare, particularly helping her clients achieve optimal nervous system health and spinal function. Areas of clinical interest include care for pregnant women, paediatric care, newborns, mums, dads, grandparents & athletes.