If you recently noticed that you’re slouching or you’re having poor posture, you’ve probably been doing it for years. If you’re just noticing it now its probably because you’re experiencing neck pain. The excessive tension we put upon our cervical spine can lead to chronic neck pain. Actually, more than a quarter of the population in the United States suffers from neck pain. 

man with chronic neck pain

Women Experience Neck Pain More Than Men

Women are more likely to suffer from neck pain stemming from cervical degenerative disc disease than men. This disease happens when the body’s natural shock absorbers are worn out and they start degenerating. Other conditions such as fibromyalgia and migraines also happen more in women than in men. Some of the reasons why this happens are because of hormonal differences between men and women. And, probably because of the fact that women are more likely to say they’re in pain than men.

Common Causes

The main reason why the neck tends to get injured is because of biomechanics. There are many activities that we do that affect cervical biomechanics like repetitive movements, and sitting for too long. Even normal aging contributes to it. Neck pain can be very annoying and it can a number of different causes.

Here are some of the most common causes:

  • Accidents: When there is a blow of force to the head in any direction, your neck rebounds in the opposite direction. This is whiplash. This whipping movement can injure the surrounding tissued of the neck. The most common cause of whiplash is car accidents.
  • Age: growing older can lead to degenerative disorders like arthritis and disc disease.
  • Everyday life: having a poor posture, being overweight, and having weak abdominal muscles can disrupt the balance of the spine. This will cause them to bend forward and compensate for it. Tension and stress cause muscles to contract to result in stiffness and pain.

Common symptoms of chronic neck pain include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Burning
  • Radiating pain
  • Stiffness

Chiropractic Treatment For Chronic Neck Pain

There is a wide range of techniques that chiropractors use to reduce and treat neck pain. Manipulating the cervical spine to improve its range of motion can provide relief for multiple symptoms. 

Neck Adjustments

Also known as cervical manipulation is a procedure made by hand to manipulate the cervical spine to improve its range of motion. This can provide relief for multiple symptoms. Patients typically report improvement of their ability to turn and move their heads, as well as pain and soreness reduction.

Instrument Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

This is a technique used to locate and treat a specific area of pain. It is done through hard-edged instruments, commonly known as HawkGrips instruments. In order to prevent future conditions is important to follow this technique with functional rehabilitation and corrective exercises.

Getting treated by a chiropractor can be a great way to relieve pain, swelling, and discomfort due to neck pain. Going regularly to a chiropractor provides you with a safe, non-invasive, and non-addictive alternative to traditional medicine.

If you want to know if chiropractic care is right for you, the chiropractors at Mauricio Chiropractic will give you a consultation on the first visit. Potentially an examination. Based on what they find in your chiropractic exam, they will explain to you how to treat your neck pain. They could also decide to co-treat your condition with massage therapists or physical therapists.

Neck Pain Treatment at Mauricio Chiropractic

If you want to learn more about how chiropractic treatment can help you with neck pain, make sure you schedule an appointment at Mauricio Chiropractic today and speak with a licensed doctor of chiropractic.