Self-care. That’s what we’d all like to do when we need pain
relief like neck pain relief when neck pain lasts for a seemingly long time.
Chiropractic Care knows its Chicago chiropractic neck pain patients
would love to take care of themselves if they knew how! Chiropractic Care admires
the independence and appreciates the opportunity to work alongside
Chicago neck pain patients seeking relief of their neck pain. The
goal of Chicago chiropractic care is a return to as normal a
lifestyle as our Chicago patients desire. It just takes a
team effort sometimes to set the plan to get there.
Chiropractic Care always appreciates the latest Cochrane
review as it reviews a large number of studies at once. This latest one reviews
all randomized clinical trials’ results published in 2014 about exercise for
relief of chronic neck pain and chronic headache sufferers. As far as neck
pain relieving exercises go, strengthening
exercises of the neck, scapulothoracic and shoulder help. What types of
exercise help? For neck pain patients, a moderate to large pain reduction with
cervicoscapulothoracic and upper extremity strengthening immediately after care
as well as at short term follow up. Cervical, shoulder and scapulothoracic
strengthening and stretching shows a small to large pain reduction long term.
Cervicoscapulothoracic strengthening/strabilization exercises improve pain and
function in the intermediate term. (1) What neck exercise does Chiropractic Care
recommend for our Chicago neck pain patients? That depends.
Chiropractic Care sets up an individual treatment plan for each individual
Chicago neck pain patient after careful consideration of the
individual’s needs. We will figure out what is best together.
Lastly, in a set of patients over age 65 years with chronic
mechanical neck pain, spinal manipulation (SMT) and home exercise and advice
give better clinical outcomes and save money compared with supervised rehabilitative
exercise plus home exercise and home exercise and advice alone. As a matter of
fact, spinal manipulation plus home exercise and advice was 5% less expensive
than home exercise alone and 47% cheaper than supervised rehabilitative
exercise and home exercise combined! And SMT plus home exercise and advice
produced greater reduction in pain over a year, too. (3) At Chiropractic Care,
the combined approach of spinal manipulation and home exercise is the approach
to neck pain relief. Chicago chiropractic neck pain patients find
this multipronged approach helps. The Cox Technic form of spinal manipulation
Chiropractic Care uses is gentle, safe and effective at reducing intradiscal
pressures in the cervical spine and returning motion to the spine. (4,5)Another study interviewed chronic neck pain patients who
exercised or performed Qigong therapy (an exercise system that integrates
physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention). The exercise
group was able to set up and stick to a routine of exercise that they felt
helped correct posture and release muscle tension. The Qigong patients
appreciated the calming and relaxing effects (2) Again, whatever works for
our Chicago neck pain patient gets our vote as the right approach
for Chicago neck pain relief!
Contact Chiropractic Care today for relief of neck pain that
incorporates and encourages self-care along with in-office, non-surgical spinal manipulation.
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