Many of my patients come to see me because they suffer neck pain. It’s not surprising because in fact, around 70% of people will suffer neck pain at some time in their lives. Often, this is accompanied by severe headaches too. I’ve found that a course of adjustments, sometimes coupled with exercise, has beneficial effects, alleviating the pain and eventually removing the causes of it. There is some scientific evidence to support this, including a study in 2012 by the respected Annals of Internal Medicine. 272 patients with neck pain were given one of three treatments: medication, exercise, or chiropractic care. After 12 weeks of treatment, patients in the chiropractic and exercise groups experienced the most pain reduction. When compared to the medication group, both exercise and chiropractic had more than doubled the likelihood that participants experienced complete relief of their pain. For chiropractic patients, these benefits lasted for at least a year, demonstrating that chiropractic can provide long-term relief.
It helps if you can do a few things to avoid these problems:
- Use an orthopaedic pillow and try to sleep on your back. If you sleep on your side then never use a high pillow that causes your neck to be in an unnatural position.
- If you use a computer frequently, try to keep the screen at eye level.
- Exercise your neck muscles – frequent stretching keeps your neck supple.
- As with all spinal care, keep yourself hydrated.
- Maintain good posture. Slouching forward puts huge strain on your neck.
You may never be able to prevent neck pain due to a number of factors: lifestyle, accidents and so on. But if you follow these guidelines you are minimising your chances of suffering from debilitating pain. Remember, if you do find yourself suffering with neck pain and/ or headaches associated with it give us a call and we should be able to help.