In most cases, patients who experience neck pain have sustained some form of muscle strain or sprain of soft tissues such as ligaments or tendons. These injuries can be the result of a traumatic injury or simply from years of minor neck strain brought about by poor posture, sleep positioning or workplace-related strain. Fortunately, the soft tissues of the neck receive a steady supply of blood, which helps promote the healing process. For some, however, chronic neck pain requires professional intervention in a chiropractic setting.
Whiplash injuries occur when a sudden force is placed upon the body, causing the head to snap forward and then back in a violent motion. Whiplash is most commonly associated with car accidents; however, any form of sudden movement can lead to whiplash injury. Examples include jolting on amusement park rides, sports injuries, and being subjected to punching or other forms of violence. Symptoms of whiplash include stiffness and pain that worsen with neck movement, a reduction in the normal range of motion, headaches or pain in the upper back, shoulders or arms, and tingling or numbness of the arms or hands. Patients who believe that they have sustained a whiplash injury should seek treatment immediately to address the issue and to avoid progressive worsening of symptoms.
Treatment begins with a comprehensive physical examination, which allows practitioners to determine the source of neck pain and create a customized treatment approach. In many cases, chiropractors use gentle techniques to relax muscle tension within the neck and to ensure the proper alignment of cervical vertebrae. One such technique is called cervical mobilization, which involves manually moving the vertebrae, head and neck to provide gentle stretching and improve the patient’s range of motion. Cervical manual traction is another approach, and it involves targeted gentle stretching of the cervical spine to reduce tightness and discomfort. Chiropractors often use both of these techniques interchangeably to help patients move beyond chronic neck pain.
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