Improper cellphone, computer or tablet use is but a few of the many causes of neck pain. A thorough examination can reveal its likely cause(s) and suggest the best approach for optimal results.
Synergy Wellness Chiropractic & Physical Therapy in New York City can quickly diagnose with a variety of safe computerized diagnostic tests and over 20 years in chiropractic clinical experience at the same location on 14th street in New York City on the edge of union square, east village, and Gramercy Park neighborhoods. We start with a computerized muscle and nerve scan along with a history and examination.
Your neck is a vulnerable part of your spine. It supports your 10-15 pound head, maintains a gentle forward curve, and permits rotation, lateral bending, flexion, and extension also allowing the free flow of nerve impulses to the head, face, hands, and the rest of your body. Besides discomfort and annoyance, chronic neck pain is a sign that something is wrong. For every inch.
Usually, the problems start out as muscle tension or stiffness in the neck and shoulders. Many everyday things can cause your neck to hurt, such as using your computer, watching TV, falling asleep on the couch or an airplane, or reading a book. The temporary pain that results can resolve on its own when the aggravating activity is stopped. Thankfully our bodies learn to adapt to pain making it more tolerable.
A thorough examination can determine if you’re a good candidate for chiropractic care. These tests may involve your ability to bend and turn. Muscle tone is assessed by using computerized technology to read the supporting muscles in the neck and back. Diagnostic Digital imaging to reveal the underlying structure of spine may be requested if you’ve had trauma in the past or recently that has gone unchecked.
These and other tests are designed to identify the cause and location of your neck pain and develop a care plan that’s is best recommended for your neck condition.
The most common cause of neck pain is functional distortions in the spine resulting from vertebral subluxations or misalignments. These spinal subluxations are seen in cases of reversed cervical curves and whiplash injuries. The body responds by tightening muscles in the neck, splinting the joint to protect it from further harm. Chiropractic care can be helpful. A majority of the pain-sensing nerves in the neck are in the pair of facet joints positioned on the back side of each vertebra.
How long will I need chiropractic care?
Some patients see quick improvement and then immediately discontinue their care. They often suffer a relapse since muscles, and soft tissues have not had time to heal fully. Others discover that degenerative changes to their spines make periodic checkups a worthwhile investment. We’ll make recommendations, but how long you benefit from chiropractic care is up to you.
Why did the chiropractor take pictures of my Neck?
Many patients are surprised when their chiropractic examination involves digital X-rays of the involved area. These X-rays look closer at the hard tissue (spinal bones) and can help diagnose chronic conditions like arthritis, reversed or reduced cervical curves as well as subluxations. Synergy Wellness Chiropractic & Physical Therapy uses brand new digital x-ray using cesium plates which lowers the radiation for the patient and allows for immediate results and copies for the patient.
Care Improves Structure & Function
The smooth, interlocking facet joints surfaces permit you to bend your head up and down and rotate your head. If these joints become fixated or locked, neck pain results. Chiropractic care is the only healthcare profession that can directly help restore proper joint motion and function.
A more difficult problem for chiropractors to correct is the degenerative changes that result from neglect and trauma. Years of uncorrected spinal problems can cause bone spurs, disc thinning and other forms of spinal decay. These types of problem respond slowly, and some kind of on-going supportive chiropractic care is usually necessary.
Another common cause of neck pain is stress. Rush-hour traffic, Deadlines, Work pressure, over commitments, Family Obligations or financial burden.
Your cervical spine (neck) consists of seven small interlocking bones. Neck pain can be associated with a loss of forward curve.
While chiropractic care cannot reduce the stress of your busy life, it can help improve your ability to handle and tolerate it.
Without drugs or surgery!
Will I have to have a neck adjustment?
If your problem is the result of a subluxation; abnormal position or motion of spinal bones in the neck, then a cervical adjustment can be effective. There are many ways to adjust the neck, and Dr. Kulla has over 20 years experience to know what’s best for you. Years of practice make these spinal adjustments safe and effective. We also have methods for adjusting the neck without the cracking. Much safer than common aspirin or muscle relaxers!