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Neck Pain & Stiffness Treatment
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Many of us spend hours in front of our computers or on mobile devices. This sedentary and technology-reliant lifestyle can strain our neck and make us feel uncomfortable. For instance, some of us may experience neck pain and stiffness after a stressful day at work or browsing social media for prolonged periods.
Typically, cold packs can help relieve a stiff neck. Changing your pillow or adjusting your sleeping position can also help. Moreover, doing a few exercises can provide relief. However, serious neck pain and stiffness will feel debilitating and persistent.
There are various reasons behind this. For instance, the neck or cervical spine may have weakened from poor posture. It may also have tightened because of whiplash or worn out due to age. A severe neck injury, in particular, can prevent you from doing daily tasks such as driving safely. After all, simply moving your neck to look over your shoulder could cause severe pain and discomfort.
Chiropractic care or physical therapy can help you manage neck pain. LifeClinic aims to restore, maintain, and optimize your neck’s function. After conducting a thorough examination, we will identify the root cause of your neck problems so that we can provide the appropriate treatment for your condition.
At LifeClinic, our team is dedicated to helping you manage discomfort and providing you with relief. We’ll ensure that you’ll get the best chiropractic, physical therapy, or rehabilitation service for a full recovery.
Treat Neck Pain & Stiffness with Chiropractic Care & Physical Therapy
LifeClinic uses different methods to help you manage pain and discomfort. Take a look at how our chiropractors and physical therapists help you recover from neck pain.
Chiropractic Treatment for Neck Pain and Stiffness
Our chiropractors will recommend a specific type of treatment for your cervical spine. The different types of neck conditions we treat include:
- Chronic neck pain – Persistent neck pain is usually a sign that your cervical spine needs better support.
- Cervical Myelopathy – Cervical myelopathy can be caused by the wear and tear of the spine. It is usually common among those between 50 to 70 years old and can include symptoms like neck pain and stiffness.
- Cervical Muscle Strain – Neck muscle strain is usually a result of whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury caused by the sudden and rapid movement of the head and the neck.
Manage Your Pain Through Chiropractic Treatment
Our treatment approach may vary, depending on your condition and medical history. We can perform the following:
- Cervical Spine Manipulation – Commonly known as the high-velocity low-amplitude (HVLA) approach, cervical spine manipulation involves using specialized tables and chairs to locate and adjust problem areas.
- Cervical Spine Mobilization – This approach is characterized by the absence of cracking sounds or cavitation that usually occurs during HVLA. Cervical spine mobilization involves gently moving or pulling the neck to stretch the cervical spine and reduce tightness.
Physical Therapy for Neck Pain
Our physical therapists will ask about your medical history and lifestyle to identify the appropriate treatment. Several imaging tests may also be conducted to ensure an accurate diagnosis. Some benefits of our treatment methods include:
- Reduced pain
- Improved posture
- Restored mobility
- Strengthened cervical spine
Reduce Pain and Stress with Physical Therapy
Our team can perform a combination of active and passive therapy, depending on your needs.
- Active Physical Therapy – We can teach you exercises designed to strengthen your neck tissues and improve your posture. This can also include stretching activities that target muscles that support your cervical spine.
- Passive Physical Therapy – Passive physical therapy includes hot or cold therapies as well as deep tissue massages that can reduce swelling or loosen stiff neck muscles.
Frequently Asked Questions about Neck Pain & Stiffness
A stiff neck is usually caused by a muscle strain. People usually get this type of strain from awkward sleeping positions, slouching or poor posture, and persistent stress. It can also be caused by injuries or conditions such as arthritis. Moreover, performing repetitive movements such as turning your head from side to side can cause a neck stiffness.
Your neck may hurt because of pinched nerves, whiplash, degenerative conditions, or a herniated disc. Your doctor may conduct imaging tests such as an X-ray or a CT and MRI scan for a proper diagnosis.
Mild neck pain and stiffness often subside and heal on their own within a few days. However, performing home remedies like applying ice packs can also provide faster pain relief. Moreover, you can alternate between using cold and warm compresses to reduce swelling. Taking ample rest and using a firm mattress or pillow that provide proper neck support when sleeping can also relieve stiffness and muscle strain. You may also want to take over-the-counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen.
If the pain is persistent, consider seeing a doctor to receive the specialized care necessary to treat your condition.
Chiropractors and physical therapists can recommend the right treatment to help address neck pain and stiffness. These can include techniques that restore mobility and function.
For instance, cervical spine manipulation and mobilization techniques can provide relief from chronic neck pain and discomfort. Exercises, posture correction, and other treatments may also help relax the muscles, decrease inflammation, and provide cervical support.
LifeClinic: Your Partner for Recovery
LifeClinic offers chiropractic, physical therapy, and rehabilitation services for neck pain and stiffness. Our team can help you find the root cause of your pain and create a treatment program that restores mobility, maintains health and wellness, and optimizes overall body function. Schedule an appointment with us today.