Acute Neck Pain

is a common presenting complaint when a patient suddenly experiences intense pain brought on usually by a known circumstance.  The pain can be severe enough to alter a patient’s posture and/or prevent them from performing simple normal movements, and it can be relentless.

Nerves can cause pain by being compressed (trapped),  being stretched and/or having their chemistry or temperature upset.  When a nerve is interfered with it can cause pain, pins & needles, numbness or weakness; all equally important to a chiropractor in making a diagnosis.

We often treat acute low neck pain with spinal adjustments/manipulation, soft tissue therapy (massage, manual or mechanical), dry needling (a form of acupuncture – see our ‘News’ page for more on Dry Needling) and rehabilitation.

An acute pain which is not investigated and treated can become a chronic pain as the nervous system tries to suppress the symptoms.

The spine

The spine plays a key role in protecting an essential part of the nervous system. In addition to helping keep us upright, the most critical function of the spinal column is to encase and protect the spinal cord and the multitude of nerve roots.

As the spinal cord descends from the brain, ‘nerve roots’ branch away from the spinal cord at each vertebral level, exiting through an opening in the respective vertebrae, before leading off to the various organs and other parts the body.

When there is an interference or irritation to a nerve, the messages or nerve impulses
travelling along that nerve can get interrupted or confused.

Some signals become only slightly altered, while others may completely fail to reach their destination. Such interference or irritation can easily be seen to occur when one or more of the vertebrae are even just slightly out of alignment. Also the misalignment of any other bones in the body can result in discomfort and/or malfunction.

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Our Chiropractors

Many Chiropractors refer to these misalignments as subluxations. Chiropractors are specifically trained to help correct subluxations and improve general biomechanical function of the spine and extremities. The result is to permit optimal function of a body’s nervous system function, reduce or eliminate pain and restore the health of the patient.

Many chiropractors refer to their treatments as adjustments, or manipulations, emphasising the specific nature of the procedure.

  • We live our lives largely through an efficiently functioning nervous system – it is the master
    system and controller of our bodies
  • Through good Chiropractic care we can optimise our well-being