Managing Neck Pain

Managing Neck Pain Between Chiropractic Visits

How to Manage Neck Pain Between Chiropractic Appointments

If you are seeking chiropractic care for neck pain, effectively managing this pain between visits is frequently a concern. Depending on the cause and extent of injury it may be recommended that you perform light stretches or even limit activities that lead to aggravation of the pain. Each case is different, so be sure to ask your chiropractor or health care physician what treatment options are right for you, and how to do them to maximize their benefits and reduce risk of injury.

Neck Pain is the 3rd Most Common Chronic Pain Reported

After back pain and headaches or migraines, neck pain is one of the most commonly reported type of chronic pain among our patients. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this type of pain is rampant throughout the United States. One survey revealed that as many as 20 percent of people live with chronic neck pain to some degree.

Ways to Manage Neck Pain Between Visits

Chiropractic patients are fully evaluated and often it is suggested that they do what they can between visits to avoid aggravation of the neck and to maximize the benefits of treatment. We see patients with neck pain caused by everything from serious accidents to sleeping wrong, and even chronic conditions such as arthritis. Depending on the cause, and extent of the injury we will typically suggest, describe and even show our patients how to work the area, or not, between visits. Here are some of the most common ways we suggest to minimize neck pain between chiropractic adjustments.

Limit Activities That Aggravate Your Neck Pain

If your daily routine includes a worsening of your condition from the beginning of the day to the end it may be that you are aggravating your neck. This rarely means to do nothing, as that may result in a weakening of the muscles and ultimately cause more pain. But, with patient’s input, we can determine which activities are causing pain and slow those down. At least until your neck feels better.

Light Stretches to the Muscles & Soft Tissue

Only recommended to chiropractic patients in a limited number of circumstances, light stretches can help loosen up the muscles which may be contributing to neck pain. One stretch is a corner stretch which is performed in the corner of a room and is suggested to be performed 3 to 5 times a day. Another is the scapula stretch which may be performed while sitting or standing, and helps to reduce the tenderness of the muscle attached to the shoulder blade.

Applying Hot or Cold Compresses

Again, the type of pain and cause of injury will indicate whether to apply hot or cold compresses. Depending on your specific circumstances or condition, compresses may help to reduce swelling, lessen pain and even relax stiffness. In general, it is suggested that compresses be applied for 20 minutes, then removed for 40 minutes before reapplying. It should be noted that compresses should never be placed directed against the skin. You should always buffer them with a folded towel to prevent potential external damage caused by compresses themselves.

Paying Attention to Your Posture

No, this isn’t meant to sound like your mom telling you to sit up straight, but believe it or not poor posture can be a contributing factor to neck pain. Placing more focus on your posture while sitting, walking and even standing can sometimes help. The awareness that it brings could provide a multitude of benefits well beyond chiropractic care. For instance, if you notice that you are leaning or sitting hunched over when you sit or walk, correcting the alignment and retraining yourself to have better posture throughout the day could minimize neck pain, but also other types of pain, and ultimately give you a better quality of life.

Neck pain may be the third most common type of chronic pain, but that doesn’t mean that you have to live with it. Synergy Chiropractic has a goal of helping our Henderson and Las Vegas chiropractic patients become and live a pain-free life. If you are dealing with chronic pain, have an injury, or just want to live a pain-free life, make an appointment today and have an evaluation. Contact us at (702) 816-5111