In our busy modern world our bodies are placed under increasing amounts of stress. That may be from rushing around getting in and out of our cars or conversely a failure to keep mobile in our increasingly sedentary jobs.
When we do ourselves an injury many of us reach of the painkillers and that’s fully understandable, but a piece of medical research caught my eye recently that may change your mind, particularly when dealing with neck pain. It appears that in fact, medication is not the best option in such cases.
The research suggests that choosing regular neck exercises and/or regular chiropractic treatment will have better outcomes than reaching for the pills. In the study only 13% of patients became pain free after taking medication, whereas 32% of patients became pain free following chiropractic and 30% following exercise.
I have always advocated prevention is preferable to cure and this research reinforces that belief. By combining regular chiropractic adjustment with frequent, specific exercise you can not only help with neck pain problems but prevent them too.
I can help with the adjustments but it’s down to you to do the exercises. Here’s what I recommend. There are many exercises that are useful but I’ve concentrated on those that keep you upright. Remember to use appropriate weights, do the movements slowly and always watch your technique.
Upright Row: Still upright, put the hand weights in front of your thighs, with arms slightly bent. Then pull both arms towards you, pushing elbows out to the sides, keeping them high. Then lower the weights slowly.
Try and do these exercises as part of your gym routine or buy some hand weights to use at home and do them about three times a week. If you find the exercises too easy, increase the weight but as always be careful if you do so and don’t overdo it.