Neck pain is one of the biggest reasons why millions of people see chiropractors every day. But, it’s also one of the reasons why many are still so afraid to see a chiropractor. Having someone handle and manipulate your neck can be a scary thing. But it’s important to remember that chiropractors are professionals who not only have a lot of training behind them, but also lots of experience too. They know what they are doing, and are extremely effective at treating things like neck pain. But, if you’re still hesitant, or just thinking about seeing a chiropractor and are interested in what they’ll do, here’s how chiropractors treat neck pain.
The treatment that a chiropractor will use for neck pain is called cervical manipulation. This treatment usually needs to be performed when spinal vertebrae in the neck have moved out of position, or are pushing on another vertebrae or a nerve. During the treatment a chiropractor will use a hands-on approach to gently twist the neck and push the affected vertebrae back into their proper spinal position. Cervical manipulation can also be very effective at treating muscles that commonly spasm.
In addition to any cervical manipulation technique that’s necessary, chiropractors will also often teach their patients neck exercises that can both help the current injury as well as ward off any future injuries.
It’s important to note that a chiropractor will not prescribe you any pain medication or neck pain, or even recommend that you use them. Chiropractors are doctors of natural and alternative medicine and so, they don’t use prescription pain medication. What they will be able to do is give you tips such as how to use proper posture, and what to avoid in order to also avoid future neck pain.