Keeping your head steady and balanced is the primary role of the neck. As a result, it’s especially vulnerable to wear and tear. At North Andover Chiropractic in Andover, Massachusetts, John Broderick, DC, and the team use modern chiropractic treatments to relieve the root cause of neck pain. Treating neck pain can help improve your overall quality of life by eliminating tension headaches, jaw pain, and more. Call North Andover Chiropractic or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
The neck is a flexible structure that carries the weight of your head. Over time, the muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and joints in your neck can become strained or deteriorated, leading to pain and discomfort.
Some of the most common causes of neck pain include:
Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes persistent joint inflammation. It can interfere with the range of motion in your joints, which slows your mobility. Arthritis in the neck can lead to chronic pain and stiffness that makes it difficult to rotate.
Whiplash is a common auto accident injury that occurs when the head moves back and forth quickly and forcefully.
In between each of the vertebrae in your spine are small discs that provide cushion and flexibility. While the outside of the discs are hard, the center is soft. Cracks and deterioration in the outside of these discs can cause the soft center to push through and irritate surrounding nerves.
Strained muscles in your neck can negatively affect your range of motion, which can cause pain when you turn your head.
To effectively treat neck pain, the providers at North Andover Chiropractic need to determine the root cause of your condition. At your initial visit, the team reviews your medical history, asks questions regarding your pain, and performs a comprehensive physical exam.
Blood work and imaging tests, such as X-rays or an MRI, may be necessary to accurately diagnose your condition.
North Andover Chiropractic performs several effective treatments for neck pain, including:
The Activator Method is a spinal adjustment technique in which an electrical device delivers rapid pulses into damaged muscles. The electric pulses are fast enough that the muscles don’t have enough time to contract or resist the treatment. As a result, your tense neck muscles can relax.
Flexion distraction uses a motorized table to manipulate your spine and relieve pressure from herniated or building discs.
Soft tissue therapy is a hands-on technique in which your provider applies targeted pressure to your damaged soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. This technique carefully moves the tissue to release pain and tension.
Cold laser therapy uses low levels of light to repair damage to your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. This treatment stimulates your body’s healing response to accelerate healing.
To learn more about treating neck pain, call North Andover Chiropractic or schedule an appointment online now.