Chiropractic health care profession utilizes non-surgical treatment to cure disorders of the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. A chiropractor usually applies a gentle force that focuses on spinal manipulation and the treatment of surrounding structures.
What Causes Misalignment In The Spine?
Chiropractor back pain care corrects nerve interference caused by misalignments in the spine. This nerve interference, also known as a subluxation, alters the messages sent from the brain to every cell of the body. If left untreated, Subluxations can slowly undermine your health leading to sickness and disease. Misaligned vertebrae can occur for many reasons, including:
- Sometimes at birth subluxations can be introduced at the beginning of life, while learning to walk or skate.
- Subluxations in adults occur due to stress, alcohol or drug abuse, poor posture, auto, work or sports related injuries and poor eating habits. Sometimes consistently carrying heavy items such as briefcases or handbags can result in misaligned vertebrae.
What Happens During The Initial Intake?
When you visit a chiropractor for neck pain, the doctor will first interview you to understand your medical history and provide a general context for understanding why you are experiencing this specific symptom.
What To Expect During The Physical Exam
A physical exam will follow, as well as possible laboratory, diagnostic, or imaging tests. Rather than merely isolating the pain in your neck and dealing with it on its terms, a chiropractor will most likely seek to understand why you are experiencing the pain on your physical and psychological circumstances.
Chiropractic treatment for neck pain will vary depending on what is causing you to experience it. If you are experiencing neck pain due to a car wreck, the focus will be on diagnosing any damage that has been done to your neck and back. If your neck is bothering you because you work for long hours at a desk, it’s likely that you will be given instructions on appropriate posture and ergonomics, which is something your medical doctor would probably suggest, as well.
What Goes Into A Treatment Plan?
Unlike your family doctor, a chiropractic doctor administers treatment by making manual adjustments to your spine and by moving your joints around using controlled thrusts and other movements to improve the range and motion of your neck and head. He/she also advise you on proper nutrition and exercise that will help alleviate pain and restore your neck’s functionality. They also recommend a rehabilitation program that includes adjustments or other forms of therapy to move you towards your optimal health.