Neck pain can bring your life and productivity to a screeching halt. Finding natural pain relief options is crucial to your quality of life and ongoing health. At Georgia and Thurlow Chiropractic, we help patients in Vancouver, British Columbia find pain management options without medication. Keep reading to learn more.
What Causes Neck Pain?
The neck is an extension of the spine. There are several spinal vertebrae located in the neck. These vertebrae are surrounded by soft tissue. Neck pain can be a result of problems within the vertebrae or with the soft tissues.
Between each vertebra of the neck, there are cartilage pads. These pads are intended to keep the bones of the vertebrae from rubbing against each other and from pinching the sensitive nerves housed there. If these pads become damaged or herniated, it can result in pain.
If the soft tissues of the neck, such as muscles and ligaments, are overworked, overused, or traumatized in some way, this can also cause pain.
Common injuries, such as whiplash, will cause a loss of mobility in the neck.
Can a Chiropractor Help?
It is very important to find all-natural, drug-free pain relief options for neck pain. Traditional medical treatment will often simply treat pain issues with pain medication. Although this does offer some relief in the short term, this is not a good long-term solution. Many pain medications have harsh side effects or addictive properties.
Chiropractic care, however, aims to get to the root of pain issues so that a treatment plan can be developed which will stimulate healing and long-term pain relief. When you visit a chiropractor, you will be evaluated for your overall health. Next, diagnostic tests will be conducted in order to pinpoint the exact cause of your pain. After this, a treatment plan will be developed for your particular condition.
What Treatments Are Available?
Treatments can include:
- Spinal adjustment: Spinal adjustment is considered the foundational chiropractic treatment. It is essential that the spine is in proper alignment in order to create a healthy environment for the spinal column.
- Massage therapy: Massage therapy can loosen up tight muscles in the neck. This helps to relieve pain and stress.
- Hot/cold therapy: Hot/cold therapy can redirect pain signals in the body for all-natural pain relief.
- Spinal decompression: Spinal decompression is useful when there is pressure between the discs of the vertebrae. Relieving this pressure helps to reduce inflammation and pain.
Contact Us Today
To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, contact Georgia and Thurlow Chiropractic today at 604-688-0077. We serve Vancouver, British Columbia, and the surrounding areas.