Neck Pain Treatment: A Boise, ID Chiropractor’s Perspective

Neck pain is one of the most common conditions we see in our office.  Neck pain is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of factors.  Getting to the root cause of the problem is critical in order to design an effective treatment plan for long-term neck pain relief.  Muscle tension – due to poor posture, stress, or a bad sleeping position – pinched nerves from a cervical subluxation, or arthritic joint deterioration are all possible causes of neck pain. 

We use a variety of techniques to relieve pain and tension, re-establish balance and alignment to the body, and restore normal function to the spine.  One of the benefits of chiropractic care is that it is a drug-free treatment option. There are many benefits to chiropractic care making it one of the best options for neck pain treatment. 

How We Treat Neck Pain in Boise, ID

Consultation and Exam

A thorough consultation and exam will allow us to get a better understanding of your condition and how chiropractic care can help. We want to understand your full health history and how the pain and dysfunction are affecting your life.  We will conduct a physical examination of your neck and spine, and take X-rays as needed, so we can get the full picture of what is going on.  This will help us to identify the cause of your neck pain and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

Chiropractic neck pain treatment focuses on restoring the alignment of the spine and relieving tension in the muscles and ligaments. This can help to reduce inflammation and pain. We will most likely also recommend exercises and stretches to help you manage your neck pain.

Specific Chiropractic Care

Specific chiropractic adjustments are the most powerful tool available to a chiropractor.  Neck pain is often caused by subluxations, misalignments in the cervical vertebrae.  These adjustments to the spine will realign the vertebra to help reduce inflammation and pain.  Subluxations interfere with the nervous system which is the main corridor for communication between the brain and the body.  When the two can’t communicate, your body doesn’t function properly and can even begin to break down.  Pain is the warning signal your body turns on to let you know that something is wrong.  Correcting misalignments ensures clear communication and proper function.  

Adjustments can also help to restore proper muscle function.  When the structure of the spine is unhealthy that causes muscle tension and imbalance which can lead to pain.  When the spinal structure is healthy, our muscles and ligaments can do their job without strain.  

Custom Therapeutic Exercise Plan

A custom therapeutic exercise plan will include specific exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles in your neck. These exercises will be designed specifically for you based on your functional assessments and physical evaluation.  Strengthening the muscles that support the neck will help keep the spine in its proper structure, protecting against subluxation and muscle tension.  These exercises help to improve your range of motion and reduce inflammation and muscle spasms. Proper exercise will also improve any postural problems which is a major source of neck pain.  

 

Massage Therapy and Soft Tissue Work

Muscle tension or a muscle strain or sprain is common in neck pain cases due to poor posture, repetitive movements, or overuse.  Tension in the neck can travel to the upper back and shoulders and even cause tension headaches.  Massage therapy works to relieve muscle tension at all levels by increasing circulation and improving range of motion.  Patients who receive massage in conjunction with their adjustments usually see better, longer-lasting results.

Spinal Decompression

One of the most common chiropractic treatments for neck pain is cervical spinal decompression. Cervical spinal decompression is a treatment that uses gentle stretching and traction to decompress the spine. This treatment can help to relieve pain and improve mobility.

By providing a gentle, sustained stretch on the neck, cervical spinal decompression can help to relieve pressure on the discs and nerves. It also creates negative pressure within the disc, which allows for the disc to be pulled back to its normal position between two vertebrae. Along with chiropractic adjustments and corrective exercise, spinal decompression can help to alleviate neck pain and provide a stable foundation to prevent the problem from happening again.

Deep Tissue Laser

Deep Tissue Laser is a non-invasive procedure that uses a laser to penetrate the skin and stimulate energy at the cellular level.  This energy helps to reduce inflammation and accelerate the body’s natural healing process.  A quick, usually taking only 5-10 minutes, painless, only a gentle warmth is felt by patients, and effective neck pain treatment, deep tissue laser is a staple of our chiropractic care for neck pain. 

Common Causes of Neck Pain

Subluxation is one of the main causes of neck pain. It occurs when one or more vertebrae become misaligned, which can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This can cause a wide range of problems, including neck pain, headaches, and fatigue. In our office, we use a variety of techniques to correct subluxations and relieve pain. After a thorough exam, we will be able to identify if a subluxation is what’s causing your neck pain. And from there, we will be able to treat it properly and effectively with spinal manipulation and adjustments.

Tech Neck

Tech Neck is a term that has been coined in recent years to describe the pain and discomfort that can be caused by the increased use of technology, like laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Tech Neck is caused when we stare down at these devices in an unnatural position for extended periods. This can lead to pain and stiffness in the neck, as well as headaches.

If you are experiencing neck pain, there are a few things that you can do to help alleviate the discomfort. First, make sure that you are taking breaks regularly to move your neck and stretch your muscles. You can also try using a pillow or other support to keep your head in a more natural position while using technology devices. If the pain is severe or persistent, it is best to consult with us for treatment.

Bulged or Herniated Cervical Discs

Neck pain is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of factors, such as bulged or herniated cervical discs. A bulging or herniated cervical disc occurs when the inner gel-like nucleus of the disc pushes through the outer ring of the disc. This can cause compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots. The cartilage can be damaged due to stress from poor posture or repetitive movements.  When the nucleus pushes through the last layer of cartilage, the disc has herniated into the space where spinal nerves are located. This causes inflammation, which brings intense neck pain that can radiate down into the arms. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to fix a disc herniation, so it is important to address the problem as quickly as possible to avoid unnecessary surgery.

Osteoarthritis

Neck pain is a common problem that can be caused by a variety of factors, such as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects millions of people in the United States. It is a condition where the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones in a joint wears away causing pain, stiffness, and loss of movement. Chiropractic care and exercise are essential for managing osteoarthritis and slowing down its progression.

Whiplash

Whiplash is a type of neck injury that can occur when the head is jerked violently forward and then back again. This can happen in car accidents, sports injuries, or any other incident where the head is suddenly moved. Whiplash causes pain, stiffness, and headaches as it injures the muscles, ligaments, bones, joints, and discs in the neck.  Many patients suffer from chronic neck pain for years because they didn’t address whiplash from a previous accident.  Chiropractic is a very effective way to treat whiplash which should be addressed as soon as possible to avoid long-term damage and suffering.