Sunday, February 17, 2013

Chiropractic & Exercise Better For Neck Pain !

A new study shows Exercises and Chiropractic care beats drugs hands-down for neck pain. According to the study, which was published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, medication is not the best option for treating neck pain and its subsequent association with headaches. After following neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, they found that those who used a chiropractor and exercise were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication. Also there is good reason to explore the natural options available for relieving and correcting the cause of the pain before opting for medicated relief, as drugs carry a significant risk for side effects.

Neck pain is the third most common type of pain according to the American Pain Foundation.  It is estimated that 70% of people world-wide will experience neck pain at some point in their lives but research into effective treatments is surprisingly limited. And let's not forget previous research has proven 80% of all headaches stem from vertebral misalignments in the neck. So, if you visit a conventional physician for neck pain, there's every good chance you'll leave with a prescription for a medication, as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen and even opioids (OxyContin, Vicodin, etc) which are the go-to-treatment for pain in our modern, drug-addicted, world. The better options, not only in terms of pain and inflammation relief, are those that help to treat the underlying cause of the pain in the first place so that healing can truly occur.

The researchers stated, ''Due to their comprehensive training in neuro-musculoskeletal management, numerous sources of evidence have shown that a chiropractor's treatments are much safer and often more effective than allopathic medical treatments, particularly for back and neck pain. Combined with exercise the chiropractic approach often leads to improved posture, range of motion and functionality. Researchers have also found that chiropractic spinal adjustments effect our bodies on a deep cellular level. What that means is the chiropractic care affects the basic physiological processes that influence oxidative stress and DNA repair, and the Immune system. So, in addition to addressing any immediate spinal misalignments that might cause pain, it can also address deeper dysfunctions in your body you wouldn't be aware of. By treating the underlying source of pain, you're helping in preventing a chronic degenerative neck structure from developing in the first place.

Exercise helps to prevent neck pain through a number of mechanisms including strengthening key supportive muscles and restoring flexibility, thereby maintaining your chiropractic corrections. Not surprisingly, repetitive strain injuries have become increasingly common as so many people spend most of their work days sitting in front of computers. Aside from computer work many types of neck pain can be traced back to poor posture at watching television, sleeping on one's stomach, and even during your commute to and from work. It's a vicious cycle as prolonged poor sitting posture leads to neck pain and once neck pain develops and pulls out neck vertebrae, it makes your posture and pain even worse. Research in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that specific exercises helped people with neck pain improve their ability to maintain a neutral upright cervical posture during prolonged sitting and break their poor posture/neck pain cycle.

The Way I See It....I have personally found that therapeutic massage added to the program of exercise and chiro-care offers clinically effective improvement as a whole. But in the meantime, while you are arranging to schedule that chiropractic appointment, you don't need to suffer unnecessarily. You can start your road-to-recovery by getting on to the following safe options that'll reduce your muscle and joint inflammation....though they may require some patience to allow your body tissues to adapt. Among the best are:
  • Start taking high-quality, Omega-3 fat like Krill Oil. The Omega-3 fats EPA and DHA are precursors to mediators in inflammation called prostaglandins. (In fact, that is how anti-inflammatory drugs work, they positively influence prostaglandins)
  • Eliminate or radically reduce most grains and sugars (including fructose) from your diet. Avoiding grains and sugars will lower your insulin and leptin levels. Elevated insulin and leptin levels are one of the most profound stimulator's of prostaglandin production.
  • Optimize your production of Vitamin D by getting regular appropriate sun exposure, with some backup supplementation, which will work through a variety of different body mechanisms to reduce your aches.
  • Take Astaxanthin daily: One of the most effective oil-soluble antioxidants known. It has very potent anti-inflammatory properties and in many cases works far more effectively than NSAIDs. Higher does are are typiclly required and one may need 8 mg per day to achieve benefit.


  1. The term “chiropractic” combines the Greek words cheir (hand) and praxis (practice) to describe a treatment done by hand. Hands-on therapy—especially adjustment of the spine—is central to chiropractic care. Chiropractic is based on the notion that the relationship between the body’s structure (primarily that of the spine) and its function (as coordinated by the nervous system) affects health.Chiropractor Shelton

  2. Right On Brother!! Health comes from the Old English word ''wholeth'' meaning the whole body is in balance and harmony. That's what chiropractors do every day, bring the body back into harmony with its environment.

  3. Thank you for sharing. At what age would you suggest a “healthy” person see a chiropractor? I think it is time I control over my health with chiropractic Beverly, MA.

    1. Hello, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. In answer to your question: As with dental, medical or even eye check-ups, any age will do, but the younger the better I advise. Primarily to see if there are early signs of distortion, misalignment or degeneration building up so the chiropractor can nip-it-in-the-bud before symptoms arrive. You know....''that ounce of prevention.....''

  4. I personally believe that holistic therapy is way better than any kind of medication. Many people are doubtful about chiropractic care and most of the time, they tend to seek drugs and medications than visit a chiropractor for their body aches. Chiropractic care usually correctly aligns our bones that gives us a good posture and remedies other body pains that we have.

    Gwen Knight

  5. “…medication is not the best option for treating neck pain and its subsequent association with headaches” - I totally agree! Medication alone is not always the solution for pain or headaches. Sometimes, our body is looking for a deeper treatment, or another approach that would better alleviate the pain or headache. Chiropractic care alone can do it. No matter how many medicines you take, if your body is not aligned right, your medicine can’t do anything about it. You need chiropractic treatment to adjust your body to its proper condition. #Willow Laflamme

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  7. Giving your best shot at work or at school is always admirable, but our body pains sometimes hinder us from doing so. Chiropractic care was introduced around that rationale, which aims to heal the sensory points of our body. With your reliable chiropractor, it's easy to heal joint, muscle, and body pains.

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