Neck pain is one of the most common concerns we often attend to here at Perth Chiro Centre. As a matter of fact, it affects a substantial number of Perth’s population especially to those people who work in front of the computer in an aberrant postural stance.
Poor posture while spending hours in front of the computer without a break or incorrect lifting, extensive Ipad and mobile phone use are the most common cause of neck pain. it has become a real issue affecting many people for the past years up to the present.
Most of our patients are children who suffer from neck pain and headaches for chiropractic treatment. The most common cause of this is getting used to having poor posture while using their mobile devices. Stress can also cause significant neck stiffness and pain because it adds a lot of tension to the muscles associated with the neck. What are the causes and is there a chiropractic care for neck pain?
CAUSES OF NECK PAIN:
There are many causes of neck pain, though some of them are due to motor vehicle accidents resulting in whiplash-like injuries.
Other causes can be directly addressed and can be avoided such as poor posture and incorrect lifting. An appropriate measure such as correcting bad posture habits is great way to avoid neck pain.
The Common Causes of Neck Pain Include:
- Incorrect or incomplete rehabilitation of injuries in the past
- Facet joint syndrome
- Whiplash injuries due to motor vehicle accidents
- Improper ergonomics and workstation setup
- Exhibiting poor workstation posture
- Using gadgets or any kind of device with a poor posture
- Prolonged sitting
- Prolonged use of poor ergonomic equipment
- Excessive repetitive neck motions or repetitive overhead arm movements
- Sports Injuries
- Improper telephone techniques
CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT FOR NECK PAIN
Can a chiropractor relieve neck pain? Chiropractic doctors focus on treating musculoskeletal problems such as neck pain caused by facet joint dysfunction associated with muscle tightness. At Perth Chiro Centre, we identify and correct poor habits and poor postures to properly treat patients who are suffering from any type of neck pain.
At Perth Chiro Centre We Strive To:
IDENTIFY THE CAUSE OF THE NECK PAIN:
The first step we do in treating neck problems is to determine the main cause of the pain. We aim to obtain accurate diagnosis because there are many causes of neck pain and some requires different treatment protocols. We also make sure to identify the contributing factors. After this, we will design a treatment plan that includes eliminating any aggravating activities of daily living.
TREAT THE CAUSE OF THE NECK PAIN:
The treatment depends on the diagnosis we have gained from the patient’s test results. The available chiropractic adjustment methods we administer at Perth Chiro Centre include:
- Chiropractic Manipulation Therapy to Spine (Spinal Manipulation)
- Chiropractic Mobilization to Spine
- Soft Tissue Therapy (e.g Trigger Point Therapy, Dry Needling, Cross friction Massage, Graston Technique, and Stretching).
- Flexion-Distraction Therapy Using our Flexion Distraction Tables
- Home Stretching and Strengthening Programs
- Referral to appropriate healthcare professionals for necessary treatments or co-management as deemed appropriate.
IDENTIFYING BAD HABITS AND MAKING APPROPRIATE CHANGES
During the chiropractic treatment for neck pain, it is very important for each patient to learn proper postural habits and have correct ergonomics at their workstation. Proper posture needs to be practiced consistently because it mainly contributes to the overall health of the neck and back.
Daily activities and work can significantly contribute to the development of neck pain. This includes proper lifting techniques, posture whilst on the telephone and avoidance of bad postural stances and repetitive motions in general. At Perth Chiro Centre, we can teach you the correct postural stances and correct ergonomics of your workstation to effectively help you relieve pain in your neck, shoulder and back. The effectiveness of your overall treatment will depend on your willingness to apply the plan specifically designed for you.
DAILY TIPS FOR REDUCING NECK PAIN:
- PRACTICE GOOD POSTURE, CORRECT LIFTING AND WORKSTATION ERGONOMICS
Practicing correct posture, lifting techniques, and ergonomics are the areas that you need to focus on if you want to reduce your risk of having neck and back pain or injuries. Practicing these key areas every day will also play a key role in minimizing future recurrences of past injuries
- EXERCISE IN A REGULAR BASIS
Exercising on a regular basis keeps all our joints and spines moving and lubricated. It also keeps you mentally fit. Joints function well through proper movement and exercise. In your next exercise activity, involve your friends and family, it is a good way to keep your motivation levels high.
- UTILIZE STRESS MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES
Stress is often underestimated as a cause of neck and middle back pain. Stress is often carried in the upper traps of the shoulders and neck. While stress can’t be totally eliminated, controlling your stress levels is important for your overall health and can also help in treating neck pain.
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