Neck pain is often thought of in isolation but the neck is considered part of the back. Headaches may sometimes accompany neck pain or headaches may occur without neck pain. We have good results with headaches including in some cases migraine headaches. Many times the state of the lower back plays a role in neck pain. An unlevel foundation (pelvic drop/pelvic torque) will affect everything above it. Pelvic drop puts an added and asymmetrical stress on the muscles and joints. This can manifest as neck or shoulder pain in the absence of overt lower back symptoms.
Chiropractors treat what we call subluxations. Subluxations are joints that are functionally impaired. Subluxated joints produce a neuromuscular abnormality that prevents normal pain-free motion. In addition to bony components (“bone out of place”) there are generally muscular components like muscle weakness or muscle hypertonicity (“tight muscle”).
After a through history and exam we identify the subluxations that need correction. Your posture provides important information about how your body has responded to and compensated for the stresses you have experienced in your life. In this regard your history can be important such as injuries new or old and the type of work you do or have done. This background helps us determine how frequently we need to treat and how long it will take to get you out of pain and fully functional.
Ice or heat may be appropriate and simple exercises may be started early in treatment to begin the process of normalizing nervous system response. For those who are motivated to further rehab their spine we will teach core strengthening and stretching exercises in depth.
Chiropractic subluxations are corrected utilizing Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique®. Dr. Floyd Miñana is Advanced Proficiency Certified in Activator Technique. Activator utilizes an precision instrument to move the bony segment (“the adjustment”) and has numerous research studies proving its efficacy. We also use soft tissue therapeutics to, for example, reduce trigger points and relax tight muscles.