Neck Pain Treatment Jacksonville
According to a survey from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), chronic neck pain affects at least 15 percent of the population. Many individuals experience acute episodes of neck pain following illness or injury. Neck pain can arise from a slip and fall, auto accident, sports injury, work-related events, long periods of inactivity, or as the result of a sedentary lifestyle. Even prolonged periods of time sitting behind a computer or lengthy commutes can result in pain and stiffness in the neck.
Your neck contains seven vertebrae, small bones through which the spinal cord travels and emits signals to and from the brain. These vertebrae, also referred to as the cervical spine, work with your neck muscles to provide continual support for your head (about 12 pounds). The cervical spine is very flexible, allowing your head to move in virtually any direction. While that flexibility makes normal functioning possible, it also makes the neck especially susceptible to injury.
Sometimes neck pain can spread to the shoulders and upper arms or cause persistent headaches, which can interfere with work and other activities. Although many men and women may believe pain-killing medicines are the best way to treat neck pain, a recent study conducted by researchers at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Minnesota found that chiropractic care was more effective in treating neck pain than over-the-counter painkillers or narcotic pain medications.
Neck Injuries From Accidents
Many neck injuries occur as the result of accidents or activity-related injury, but neck pain can also arise when we spend long periods of time sitting – using a computer screen or machinery at work, staring at the road ahead during our commute to and from work, or watching TV for a long period of time in the evening. The subsequent immobility issues can cause neck muscles to tighten which add strain and stress to the cervical spine.
Chiropractic adjustment helps place the cervical spine back into alignment so your head is properly supported and muscle strain and injury are avoided. Coupled with massage, regular chiropractic care can help ensure your neck and the rest of your spine remains in good health. In addition to offering the most advanced neck pain treatment, Jacksonville chiropractor Dr. Brian Winkler and the staff at Beach Boulevard Chiropractic Massage Rehab provide a full array of health and wellness options, including nutritional counseling, lifestyle advice and corrective exercises as part of a whole-body approach to care.
We’re dedicated to providing treatment that’s tailored to every individual’s needs. To learn more about how we can help you get rid of your neck pain, call today to schedule a consultation.