Chiropractic care combined with physical therapy are one of the most efficient and effective ways to decrease neck pain. Many cases of neck soreness and pain involve sprained or strained joints in the neck. Damage to the tendons and ligaments across the joint trigger muscle spasms to guard and protect the neck joints from further injury. The neck muscle spasms prevent excessive motion and additional damage to those tendons and ligaments.
Chiropractic care involves increasing and restoring normal joint motion and movement. There are different types of chiropractic adjustive or manipulative techniques to increase neck joint motion. Activator technique utilizes a spring-loaded device to gently tap the joints. Thompson Drop Technique uses specific tables that drop to give the chiropractor a mechanical advantage to adjust the joints without straining or rotating the neck. Most people are familiar with manual manipulation, in which the chiropractor will use his hands to gently adjust the joint with a controlled push. Manual manipulation uses a controlled and skilled thrust to "open the joint back up." Learn more and see examples of Chiropractic Adjustive Techniques .
Restoring normal motion and movement within a joint shuts off the pain mechanisms and signals being sent to the brain. The adjustment will immediately decrease stiffness, dull pain, and sharp pain felt by the patient. In most cases, improved range of motion is immediately produced, people can look further over their shoulders or tip their head down before experiencing neck soreness.
Multiple studies have shown the effectiveness of chiropractic adjustments for decreasing neck pain. Chiropractic treatments are also one of the most cost effective treatments for decreasing neck pain and the overall recovery time. Millions of people utilize chiropractors every year to manage and decrease neck pain because it is safe and effective.
Chiropractic treatments for stiff and sore necks are often complemented with physical therapy exercises and stretches. Therapeutic exercises are performed the same day, in a pain-free manner, to increase joint range of motion. Flexion, extension, rotational, and lateral flexion movements are enhanced with physical therapy treatments. Light stretching decreases muscle spasms and improves neck muscle flexibility.
Often recommendations for ice or heat therapy are given. Additional therapeutic modalities include electric, ultrasound, cold laser , and massage therapy and may be included in your treatment to decrease neck soreness. Chiropractic adjustive techniques can help quickly and effectively reduce your neck stiffness and soreness.