As chiropractors in the Fairhaven area one of the most common reasons people come to us is to alleviate neck pain. Neck pain is very common in our sedentary technological world. The neck is there to support our head which weighs about 10-11 lbs. Holding up your head can become a serious problem when we are looking at screens all day. This condition has been named Tech neck. Tech neck is an example of a process called microtrauma where changes in your posture and biomechanics become a chronic degenerative condition. Sports injuries , car accidents, and falls are all examples of an acute injury that are easy to understand why we might need treatment for the injury. These acute injuries often turn into chronic neck pain if they are not addressed and treated quickly. At Barley Wellness we will take the time to listen to your condition, perform a comprehensive exam and provide you with a multi faceted treatment protocol that will ensure the quickest, least invasive and longest lasting results. Chiropractors are doctors that are specially trained to restore the delicate balance of the neuromuscular skeletal system.
Specific Chiropractic Care In Fairhaven, MA
Many times, neck pain is due to a condition called subluxation. Subluxation occurs when a bone or section is misaligned and becomes stuck out of its normal position. This causes pressure and irritation to nerves, which can cause symptoms such as neck pain. Subluxations also affect how well your spine is able to move. If they are not corrected, over time they can cause degeneration to the joints and lead to a condition called arthritis.
As Chiropractors in Fairhaven Ma. We perform specific adjustments to the spine, which remove pressure from the nerves and allow the joints to move easier. Subluxation can be resolved through chiropractic care, but it can take time, especially for a chronic problem. By removing subluxation from the neck, proper function can be restored to the nerves and symptoms like neck pain can diminish. If the root cause of your problem is coming from a subluxation in the cervical spine (your neck) you will continue to have symptoms until it is addressed. That is why Chiropractic is so crucial to eliminating neck pain.
Common Conditions Related To Neck Pain In Fairhaven, MA
Sports Injuries & Whiplash
Both these conditions are traumatic or acute injuries that require initially minimizing the inflammatory process followed by rehabilitative or subacute care . While conventional care will focus on the pain and soft tissue repair, chiropractic will look further into the injuries’ effects on the joints and nerves. It is critical to start treatment early to minimize the long term effects of the injury.
We talked about micro trauma over time and tech neck is the prime example.This condition if left unchecked will lead to the next to conditions of osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. Treatment requires unraveling some suluxations affecting the involved levels of the spine and supporting the corrections with specific exercises to strengthen and support a new taller posture.
Many people feel that a diagnosis of osteoarthritis is untreatable. Patients need to realize osteoarthritis is a continuing process. Chiropractic and a multifaceted approach including Diet and rehabilitative exercises can halt osteoarthritis’ progression in its tracks.
Degenerative and herniated discs
The intervertebral discs combined make up one quarter of your spinal height. The discs do not have a great blood supply, it takes proper motion in a spinal unit to receive nutrients. So if a part of your spine is stuck the disc is starving. Chiropractic treatment is critical to creating normal biomechanics and restoring the disc’s nutrient supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Neck Pain
Is a chiropractor In Fairhaven MA good for neck pain?
Absolutely! Chiropractic should be your first call when it comes to neck pain. The Chiropractors at The Barley Wellness Center inFairhaven MA have helped thousands of people with all different types of neck pain, and would be happy to help you with your neck pain.
When should you see a chiropractor for neck pain?
The best time to see a chiropractor when you have neck pain is as quickly as possible. By the time you are experiencing neck pain, the problem has usually already existed for some time. So, it is important to address the problem now before it turns into a more severe issue later on.
Is it okay to pop my own neck?
It is not recommended that you pop your own neck. Doing so can cause damage to muscles and ligaments in the neck due to excess force being used and can create hyper mobility in the spine, meaning it moves more than it is supposed to. Chiropractors are the only doctors who are trained to specifically and gently adjust the neck to alleviate neck pain.
Are chiropractors covered by my insurance for neck pain?
Chiropractic care is covered by most insurance plans. BarleyWellness is happy to check your insurance benefits. We are in network with most major insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Healthlink, Health Alliance, Coventry, Medicare and more. Your doctor will discuss your coverage with you in detail as it pertains to your care.
How should I sleep with neck pain?
The best thing you can do for neck pain while sleeping is keep the spine in a neutral position. Sleeping on your back or side is recommended with adequate pillow support. Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended at all, especially if you are experiencing neck pain.
What type of pillow should I use?
It is important to support your neck while lying down. You do not need an expensive pillow for this to happen. The pillow is not the problem if you have neck pain when lying down. You will need to address the condition of your neck. We would love to help.