Neck pain can be extremely aggravating, especially in its acute state, leading to time off work and limiting your ability to perform simple tasks such as driving a car or caring for children.
The neck is very susceptible to injury as it is highly mobile (in fact it’s the part of the spine that has the greatest range of motion) and thus less stable compared to other parts of the body.
Neck pain is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide and is a huge cost to the healthcare system.
Mostly, there is no disease or severe pathological basis for neck pain and predominantly can be classified as mechanical in nature which varies widely in type such as: torticollis, joint injury/dysfunction, muscle strain or ligament sprain, nerve compression from disc bulges or degeneration of bone, and physical trauma or whiplash.
Neck pain often presents as sharp or dull, aching pain. Usually there is stiffness and limited range of motion in the neck.
Neck pain can refer into the head and cause or contribute to various headaches such as tension headaches, cervicogenic headaches, and migraines. Also, neck pain can present with shooting pain or numbness and tingling into one or both arms.
MOST COMMON CAUSES OF NECK PAIN:
At Kirsh Chiropractic we see many causes of neck pain. Pain may come from the following:
- Poor posture: forward head carriage
- Direct trauma: motor vehicle accident or sporting injury
- Sitting poorly or prolonged use of handheld devices (phones)
- Emotional/psychological stress
- Poor sleeping setup
- Underlying pathology
HOW TO MANAGE NECK PAIN:
Once any serious disease or pathology has been ruled out then the problem can be deemed mechanical in nature.
The root cause of neck pain is poor posture.
This is often exhibited as forward head posture. Poor posture results from bones shifting off proper alignment resulting in abnormal stress and pressures on body tissues.
TREAT THE PAIN AND SYMPTOMS or CORRECT THE CAUSE?
There are two ways people look to help neck pain:
1. Treat the pain and symptoms:
Medication is often a ‘quick fix’ method for helping neck pain, along with many other therapies that solely focus reducing the symptoms. While this may help remove the immediate pain, it is a short-term solution and does not correct the underlying cause of the problem, your spinal alignment.
The problem is likely to return.
Pain treatment, without ever addressing the root cause of neck pain, can result in an ongoing and increasing need for medication. As you age, the ability to turn and use your neck and upper body freely can be severely impacted, and ongoing neck pain can decrease quality of life.
2. Correct the cause of the problem:
Imagine being able to identify the cause of your neck pain and resolving that issue!
Treatment with ABC™, through real and immediate correction of the body structure results in improved spinal alignment and posture. Over time this process will both improve the symptoms and lead to long term resolution of the structural cause of neck pain.
HOW ADVANCED BIO-STRUCTURAL CORRECTION™ HELPS NECK PAIN:
Our Chiropractic method, Advanced Bio-Structural Correction™ (ABC™) is a hands on therapy that corrects spinal alignment and posture.
ABC is a therapy that looks at the body as a whole and not just individual parts operating separately from each other. By acknowledging that the body is a single, whole functioning unit, we can get to the root of your body issues and truly correct them while preventing issues from developing in the future.
Correcting your structural alignment from top to bottom takes pressure off the muscles, ligaments, discs, and nerves in your back. Removing these pressures helps the body to heal naturally.
ABC™ consists broadly of manoeuvres such as spinal stretches, hands on adjustments of the spine, ribs, and lower extremities which result in consistent and predictable results in postural correction.
Correcting your spinal alignment with Advanced Bio-Structural Correction™ helps you get real and immediate relief from neck pain, as well as preventing the problem from returning in the future.
In short, ABC™ is a holistic healthcare system aimed at not only improving symptoms but helping bodies to function and feel their best. By improving posture through this therapy, one will notice ease in breathing, clarity in the head, and often a sense of balance in the body.
POSTURE AND NERVOUS SYSTEM FUNCTION:
The nervous system is our communication pathway between our body and brain.
It helps to regulate and control every action in our body. It is extremely important that our nervous system is working at its optimum if we want to function well and live a healthy life.
As our structural system (mostly skull and spine) encloses and protects our nervous system, it can have a direct influence on how well our brain, spinal cord and its peripheral nerves are functioning.
If the alignment of the bones in our structural system, especially our spine start to lose their ideal shape or become dysfunctional it can impact the nervous system adversely.
By improving spinal alignment and posture, pressure and tension can come off your nervous system. In turn, this helps your body to function and feel its best while reducing the likelihood of encountering injuries and greater problems in the future.
At Kirsh Chiropractic our goal is to fix bodies and help prevent injuries from returning. Ultimately, we want to make your body work well so you can enjoy life uninhibited by pain. Once posture is corrected, it is recommended to keep it in good shape. This is best managed through a protective adjustment periodically, along with our advice around day to day living.