Simple Chiropractic Techniques for Neck Pain

Chiropractic techniques are a study of the various methods used in treating a patient and can include a variety of specific techniques with a particular goal of restoring function to a person’s musculoskeletal system.

However, we do not recommend chiropractic techniques without consulting a certified chiropractor to understand precisely what we are doing and why and to ensure the safest and most effective treatment.

That said, the goal of chiropractic is to find and treat the cause of the problem as quickly as possible, with as little disturbance to the body. Today, let's explore a few simple chiropractic techniques that can ease neck pain.

Here's what you need to know:

Cervical Mobilization

Cervical mobilization is a technique used to release tight muscles in the neck. Using a gentle but firm touch, the chiropractor will use their hands to move the bones and muscles of the neck and stimulate natural movement. 

Cervical mobilization is typically followed by a specific neck exercise performed at home, either a few times a day or multiple times per day, depending on the severity of the pain.

Range-of-Motion Exercise

When the body is healthy, it moves in many different directions. However, when the joint is “locked” or the bones are out of alignment, the range of motion is restricted.

Range-of-motion exercises are performed to improve the range of motion in the neck and the muscle tone in the area.

These exercises can be done at home in between treatments, at least three to four times a day, to relieve neck pain. They are also performed in conjunction with other treatments to relax the muscles and enhance response.

Cervical Extension

A cervical extension is a simple chiropractic treatment performed while seated in a comfortable chair.

In a cervical extension, the chiropractor will gently extend the head and neck backward and hold the position for a few seconds, then gently release. This practice allows the spine to move through its full range of motion, alleviating neck discomfort and promoting healing. The cervical extension should be performed at least three to four times a day.

Cervical Traction

Cervical traction is a gentle but effective treatment used to reduce pain and discomfort in the neck. The patient is placed on a table that delivers a gentle pull to the spine while the patient is lying down. With this gentle pull, muscle spasms are reduced, and blood flow is increased to the area, promoting healing.

An experienced chiropractor delivers cervical traction at 15-minute intervals. It is important to attend treatment frequently, as recommended by your chiropractor, at least three to four times a day.

Cervical Decompression

Cervical decompression is a technique used to remove pressure on the discs and nerves in the spine.

Using a unique table with a patented design, the chiropractor can adjust the pressure on the body to allow a natural healing response. This technique also delivers oxygen to the spine and relieves pressure on the discs, which can help relieve neck pain.

The Bottom Line

Once you and your chiropractor have determined which techniques are the best for you, it is important to attend treatment regularly to see the full benefit of these techniques. While these techniques and others can help relieve neck pain, you must consult your chiropractor to learn which technique or combination of methods may be best for you.

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