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Neck Pain

Our spine is the literal lifeline to our body’s vitality and overall health. The nerves that come out of the spine carry all of the information from the brain that allows every single cell in our body to thrive and produce healthy tissues and functions. Pain in the spine and the rest of the body can be due to a lack of communication between the brain and the body and Neck pain is no exception.

Neck pain has become one of the most common complaints that we see in our office on a regular basis. Research has shown that 1 out of every 3 people will experience neck pain at some point with the average length of time for those episodes being 7-10 days. As with many conditions once there is an initial injury the chances of experiencing future bouts of pain increase. Musculoskeletal pain is the number one cause of physical disability in America and yet there is no call to arms to eradicate the issue. Why is this such a widespread issue in westernized countries you ask? Because of our societal norms in the 21st century. How we drive, sleep, work, sit and the amount of exercise we get, (or lack thereof) can all have a great effect on our muscles, joints and nervous system. Our current day-to-day routine does not allow us to express the healthiest versions of ourselves.

While neck pain has become more common, it is nowhere near normal. Many people who seek care state that they’ve “had this pain before but it usually goes away after a couple weeks on its own.” This is where most people fall into the trap of “the absence of pain means the absence of a problem”. Multiple bouts of minor pain in the same area over a long period of time simply means that your body is just adapting its position, giving you warning signs that something worse is on the horizon. Having multiple episodes can also mean that you have a chronic issue that if not addressed can lead to permanent damage to multiple areas of your body.

Neck pain can also be brought on by acute trauma. Slips, falls, car accidents are all examples of things that can bring on acute pain. If these injuries go untreated and the body’s natural motion is altered for an extended period of time, the acute problem can develop into a chronic disorder. These chronic issues will almost always end in some form of physical disability or worse, a permanent change brought on by reconstructive surgery of one or more joints in the body.

How we Treat Neck Pain at Excel Chiropractic and Wellness:

Why A Comprehensive Consultation and Exam Is Necessary To Rid Your Body Of Neck Problems

Here at Excel Chiropractic and Wellness our goal is to get to the root cause of the issue and not to just treat the symptoms. We know that many people would not seek out Chiropractic care if they did not have some level of discomfort.

Getting our patients back to a healthy, normal lifestyle is our main focus but it should be a result of improved function that leads to healing and not just taking away the pain. We accomplish this with a comprehensive consultation, exam, and x-rays if needed. Then, if the results of the exam show that the patient is qualified to receive Chiropractic care, we develop a tailored treatment plan, customize a therapeutic exercise and stretching regimen, and educate the patient on how to prevent the disorder from happening in the future.

Advantage And Importance Of Diagnostic Digital X-rays To Evaluate Your Low Back Pain
(To See Is T Know, To Not See Is To Guess)

X-rays are invaluable when it comes to properly determining where your low back pain is coming from. Poor posture, arthritis, Imbalanced muscle groups and even birth defects an all lead to pain in the low back.

X-rays are used to diagnose the severity of the issue and in some cases used to determine how long the ailment has been around. Many patients are surprised to see abnormal finding such as improper alignment of joints, degeneration and even scoliosis with minimal to no pain in the areas of change.

At Excel Chiropractic and Wellness, we have the advantage of utilizing a digital x-ray unit. This means that we get instant results for our patients and the x-rays can be evaluated immediately, speeding up the process of getting on the raid to recovery.

Tailored Chiropractic Treatment Plan

After completing the Chiropractic, Functional, orthopedic and neurological exams, we are able to pinpoint the true cause of your neck pain. With that information we are able to tailor a plan that is right for you.

The main focus of any treatment plan is to yes, relieve pain, but more importantly, restore function. When an area of the body is not functioning properly it could be due to something called a subluxation.

While we don’t focus a great deal on this term in our office, we do want our patients to be aware of what we are talking about if they hear us using this word. Think of it as one end of a joint that is out of positions in comparison to the other end of the joint that can result in a possible loss of Proper function. Locating and identifying these areas of malfunction allows your doctor to customize a treatment plan that is right for you, getting on track to true health and wellness.

Importance of Functional Rehabilitation

Many people think that as you age it’s inevitable that you’re just going to have to live with decreased mobility and pain. However, with the latest research and practices that belief is quickly becoming something of the past.

If we are able to identify and rehabilitate the bodies inability to function, research shows that we can maintain up to 75% of our highest mobility through the age of 80 years old. Along with our patient’s tailored treatment plan, we believe that it is crucial to have a unique, customized functional rehab program to help transition our patients quickly and safely back into their daily routine.

After your functional assessment, this program may include minimally invasive interventional procedures, a customized stretching regimen and therapeutic exercises.

Active Release Technique

Active Release Technique or ART is a hands-on soft tissue technique used to address the soft tissues that support our joints. We feel that it is important to address not only the joint dysfunction we find in our evaluation but also the soft tissue dysfunction that is contributing to any specific condition as well.

We often us an example of a tower that is standing on one end straight up in the air. That tower (the spine in this case) would have to balance perfectly without any supporting structures. As you may imagine the chances of that happen are slim to none. But if we put guide wires on multiple sides with equal tension, all of the sudden you have a very stable structure. The guide wire are our muscles. Our muscle not only serve to support the joints but also, they create the movement of each joint. Just as with the tower if one side of the guide wires were to tighten or loosen the structure becomes less stable and over time there could be a problem.

In the initial phases of care treating the tissue with Active Release Technique can be not only expedite the healing process but it can also help to improve a persons overall function and help get the tissue ready to be rehabbed and maintained to prevent future injuries.