Your neck does a lot of work – the average adult head weighs eight to ten pounds. It is also quite vulnerable to damage.
Whiplash occurs when the head moves violently first one way and then the other, causing sprains and strains of the tendons in the neck and possibly misalignment of vertebrae or of the skull on the neck. Neck pain can also be caused by degenerative disorders or poor posture. Headaches can also be a symptom of a problem in the neck.
Most people simply take painkillers for neck pain and carry on, but this does nothing to resolve the underlying situation – and many neck problems will only get worse over time. A Dallas GA chiropractic clinic will do a full examination to discover the cause of your neck pain. It is particularly important to get examined after a low speed auto accident, because whiplash injuries can be asymptomatic for several days.
Therapy will include cervical manipulation – an adjustment of the vertebrae in the neck, muscle stimulation or massage, therapeutic exercise and changes in lifestyle to improve posture and keep the neck in good shape. In most cases, the chiropractor will recommend a combination of these therapies. Massage can be particularly good after an accident as it can reduce anxiety and stress. If you have been in an accident, make sure to tell the chiropractor – some chiropractors will actually offer a free consultation to accident victims so they have something to take to their lawyer right away – and they will help make sure everything is recorded correctly for any claims.
Chiropractors do not just resolve symptoms but look at the entire situation, so any plan of care will be different, taking into account symptoms, underlying causes and lifestyle. If you have neck pain, then call a chiropractor today to find out how it can be resolved without drugs or surgery.