It is that time of the year – spring has arrived, plans for graduations, and final exams. Exam time is an understandably stressful time for students. While there is often an emphasis on the importance of diet and exercise during this time, students may find themselves also mindful of their posture. They realize prolonged sitting and studying can be painful. We know our patients spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or leaning over while writing or researching on the internet, leading to poor posture, and searing neck pain.
If our patients aren’t jotting notes or hunched over a textbook, we find they are often hunched over gazing at their favorite electronic device. Hruby Chiropractic encounters hundreds of patients whose response to neck pain is to take medication to cover up the problem. Patients mask the problem (aspirin, analgesics, pain pills) or treat its symptoms (muscle relaxers, massage, hot packs).
But constant neck pain is not caused by a lack of aspirin or medications. Our approach to neck pain is to locate its underlying cause, beginning with a complete case and thorough examination.
How does most neck pain come about? Neck pain comes from stress and tension from prolong sitting at work, computers, phones and devices. Patients begin to hear the term text neck syndrome.
Now that we’ve mentioned text neck syndrome, let’s define it. Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long. Using a mobile device often can lead to poor posture and symptoms of text neck.
After meeting a new patient, Hruby Chiropractic begins with the foundation, giving special attention to the structure and function of the spine, and how it affects the nervous system.
Here are some of the things we consider during our initial examination:
- Is the proper spinal curve present?
- Are the nerve openings between each pair of spinal bones free and clear?
- Is the head balanced?
- Are the shoulders level?
In addition to neck pain, we also treat the associated symptoms of headaches like pain, numbness and tingling down into the arms, hands and fingers. Headaches sometimes bring sinus congestion and related issues.
We take these issues into consideration and use them to create a plan of specific chiropractic treatments to help improve the motion and position of the spine. With improved structure and function, neck pain often diminishes or totally disappears without addictive drugs or harmful side effects!
We’ve came across a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. It found that patients who received chiropractic care reported significant improvement in their neck function and a reduction in their neck pain whereas those taking pain-killers did not.
Do you find it is difficult to look over your shoulder? Is there a constant pulling and throbbing pain in your neck? Patients often talk about a “grinding” sound as they turn their head. Hruby Chiropractic has a 95% success rate with no drugs, injections, or surgery. Consult with us before enduring constant neck pain. Schedule now and pick your new patient appointment time.
Before you reach for that bottle of aspirins, run to the drug store to pick up a hot pack, or schedule a massage, consider an appointment with Hruby Chiropractic. We aren’t looking to limp along the issue with small term solutions, we like to eliminate the root of the problem, and with that, eliminating the possibility of its return.