tips for dealing with neck pain
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tips for dealing with neck pain

Neck pain can be simply unbearable at times. It makes it difficult to sleep, walk, sit and do just about anything comfortably. I know this because I had dealt with it for nearly two years before I found any relief. It was not until I began going to a chiropractor that I found that life did not have to be so painful. The chiropractor made regular adjustments each week and helped me learn what I could do to make myself more comfortable. I have included everything that my chiropractor taught me on my website to help others going through the same struggles as I did.


tips for dealing with neck pain

How To Get Rid Of The Pain In Your Neck And Back After An Accident

Vicki Jones

It can start from a slip and fall or from a simple car accident when someone taps your car from behind. If your neck and back are jarred with enough force, you can develop pain several days after an accident. When this happens, get to your chiropractor and start treatment. The pain will likely not go away on its own, so you could have a back and neck ache for some time.

The Aftermath of an Accident

The initial swelling of soft tissues in your neck and back is your body's response to injury to bones, muscles and nerves. The inflammation cushions those structures to prevent further damage. As the swelling goes away, damage to spinal bones and muscles puts pressure on the nerves in that area. This nerve irritation can cause a number of symptoms:

  • upper back and neck pain
  • headaches, often in the temples
  • pain radiating down one or both arms

Chiropractic Services for Treatment of These Pains

Your chiropractor will look for specific soft-tissue damage and focus treatment there. Some of the areas involved can include:

  • one or more vertebrae in your neck that are no longer aligned due to the accident
  • a rupture of one or more of the discs between each vertebrae that cushion your spine
  • over-stretching of muscles surrounding the upper spine

Depending on the type of injuries, your chiropractor may recommend one or more of the following procedures:

  • Manual manipulation - This technique is used to ease the vertebrae back into their natural alignment. This takes the pressure off of the nerves and reduces the pain.
  • McKenzie exercises - These are exercises that your doctor will show you how to do at home to help realign the affected vertebrae.
  • Active release techniques - These are specific massage techniques that gently cause the muscles in your neck to relax and assume their natural positions. It helps stretch out tense muscles where scar tissue has prevented them from relaxing.
  • Physical therapy and stabilization exercises - This is used to retrain muscles in your neck and upper back to support your spine correctly. Muscle groups will often take over from other muscles that have been damaged. As your body heals, muscle groups may need to be retrained to assume their original functions.
  • Electro-stimulation - This uses small amounts of electrical current to relax tense muscles. This is especially useful on muscles in your neck and back that have spasms.

You don't need to put up with the pain in your neck and upper back. A trip to a chiropractor like those at the Dimond Chiropractic Center to begin treatment of injured bones, muscles and nerves will get rid of the annoying pain.