Sometimes all you need to alleviate neck pain is a warm bath or a few minutes relaxing in a Jacuzzi. But for pain caused by personal injury or as the result of a chronic condition, professional treatment may be warranted to ease your discomfort.
Neck pain is a common complaint, and if not always curable, it is generally treatable. Neck pain can be caused by a number of things, including muscle strain; bad posture; pinched nerves; personal injury such as an auto accident; a sedentary lifestyle; arthritis; disc injuries; or joint sprains. In most of these cases, the neck is stiff or achy, and you may experience a prickling pain with certain movements.
A chiropractor will give you a complete evaluation to determine what is causing your pain, looking for areas of tenderness, testing flexibility and range of motion, and studying your posture, walk and spinal alignment. Once your neck pain is diagnosed, a personalized treatment plan can be prescribed that may include any of a number of different techniques.
Cervical or spinal manipulation is a common treatment for neck pain in which the practitioner loosens the joints of the cervical vertebrae to reduce pain caused by pinched nerves and muscle spasms. In trigger point therapy, direct finger pressure is applied to a painful point of the muscle in order to relieve tension. For neck pain caused by whiplash or some other kind of personal or sports injury, therapeutic massage improves circulation to the injured area and alleviates pain.
One of the best treatments for neck pain is prevention. Maintaining proper posture, following the correct mechanics when lifting heavy objects, and engaging in regular exercise to strengthen your muscles will all improve your chances of mitigating or preventing neck pain.