Chronic Neck Pain
is a common complaint that patients present with when they realise that they have been experiencing unpleasant symptoms for a prolonged period of time. Sometimes a patient will recall the action or injury which produced the original symptoms. Often, though, patients have long since forgotten the actual onset as it was many months or even years earlier. Sometimes a patient will say there is no reason for their pain/symptom. However the body usually has a good reason for any symptoms it produces. It’s up to us to discover the ‘why’, and then to treat it.
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 chronic 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.