When Should You See A Chiropractor For Neck Pain?

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While there are several things you can do at home to help relieve your neck pain, it’s important to know when it’s time to see a chiropractor for neck pain.

Chiropractors specialize in treatment for neck pain. After a physical exam and X-rays, they help to restore motion to stiff joints through a chiropractic treatment plan that usually includes chiropractic adjustments, specific neck exercises, and physiotherapy.

See a chiropractor for neck pain if:

  1. Your neck pain or stiffness does not improve after a few days.
  2. You cannot look to the right or left without severe neck pain.
  3. You feel like you must use over-the-counter pain medications just to make it through the day and are using it regularly to treat your neck pain.
  4. You’re worried that your neck pain may have a serious cause.
  5. Your neck pain started in the neck but has moved to numbness or tingling in your hands or wrists.
  6. Your neck pain started within a few days of a car accident.
  7. Your neck pain is worse when you first wake up in the morning but then begins to feel a little better as the day progresses.

We will conduct a thorough consultation and examination, asking you questions about your symptoms, the history of your neck pain, what types of movement make it worse and which things make it feel better.

During the exam, we will check to see how well you move your neck. We will look for tenderness or numbness and tingling in your arms or hands.

Seeing us at Oasis Chiropractic for neck pain is always a good choice if you are aware of a specific movement (abnormal motion) that resulted in neck pain such as lifting, falling or a whiplash injury.

Injuries resulting from abnormal motion often cause muscles to become overextended and the vertebra in our neck to shift out of alignment.

Through chiropractic therapy, we can realign your vertebrae and restore normal motion in your neck.

General Chiropractic, Sports, Extremity, & Auto Injury

Why YWTL Exercises?

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The object of these exercises is to pull your shoulder blades together as much as possible. Many people develop forward head posture and rounded shoulders after sitting at a desk too long. Here are some simple exercises to prevent and correct poor posture. Hold each pose for a count of five deep breaths, moving directly from one pose to the next. This strengthens the upper back to combat slouching and forward head posture.

Try to do this exercise four times per day or on your breaks.

– Lift your arms up in a “Y” shape (with your thumbs pointing backward), pulling your shoulders back without arching your back.

– From the “Y” position, bring your elbows down until your arms form a “W” shape. This will bring your shoulder blades even closer together (thumbs still pointing back).

– From the “W” position, straighten your arms so that they are flat out from your shoulders forming a “T.” (Feel the muscles down the center of your upper back contract even more.) Keep your hands flat, palms up.

– Finally, bring your elbows down from the “T” position so that each arm forms an “L” shape coming out from your body at a 90-degree angle. Keep your palms up. This position will bring your shoulder blades very close together.

For more information or for a handout on this exercise, please call our office at 651-458-5565.

Chiropractic Rehabilitation, Family Health & Wellness