Upper cervical Pain
Upper cervical pain is a common condition that affects 80% of people at some point in their life, and up to 50% experience reoccurring symptoms. At Clayton Chiropractic, our chiropractor can help reduce your acute or chronic neck pain without prescriptions or complicated surgeries.
What is Upper Cervical Pain?
The cervical spine or the neck is a series of vertebrae that support the weight of the head, and the muscles follow the same route from the base of the skull to the upper back. Most often, the pain comes when these muscles are inflamed. Many things can lead to neck pain. Common causes include whiplash from motor vehicle accidents, poor posture, sitting for prolonged periods in the same position, and aging. As people get older, changes to their spine can lead to neck and back pain.
Are There Other Symptoms that Accompany Neck Pain?
People with neck pain often experience headaches and debilitating mobility problems that prevent them from turning their head in one or all directions. The lack of mobility is painful, can cause patients to lose time from work, school, and leisure activities, and can be dangerous when driving. Additionally, pain and mobility issues can disturb sleep and reduce recovery times because much of the body's healing happens while you're sleeping.
How Can a Chiropractor Treat Neck Pain?
There are more than 100 different chiropractic techniques. However, the most common is cervical spinal manipulation and mobilization. The spinal manipulation is more forceful, reduces pain, and improves motion, and mobilization is a softer, more gentle approach that uses a rocking motion and distraction to restore function to the neck and head. To prepare you for the adjustment, our chiropractor may use heat or electrical muscle stimulation to relax your muscles. They can also use these methods after to accelerate healing.
Do Patients Get Immediate Relief?
Depending on the severity of the pain and how long the patient's been experiencing issues, complete relief may take several appointments. Some people can experience some pressure release during their first appointment. Medical studies show that many patients get significant relief from chiropractic adjustments, and results can last up to 12 weeks following the last appointment for anyone with chronic neck pain.
Following each adjustment, some people have sore muscles, which is common and should resolve itself within 24 hours. You can reduce that time by applying an ice pack for 20 minutes a few times throughout the day. If the pain persists after a day, contact our office.
Are You Experiencing Upper Cervical Pain?
Call Clayton Chiropractic today at 919-514-1258 to schedule a comprehensive exam with our chiropractor and get relief for your neck pain.