Neck pain is a common complaint. Poor postures like hunching over the workbench or leaning over your computer can cause the neck muscles to strain.
Sometimes, neck pain is a result of a fall, injury, whiplash, or contact sports. One of the most common causes of neck pain in recent times is the frequent forward tilting of the head and neck to stare at your phone. It is also known as Tech Neck or Text Neck.
Many patients often try to eliminate the pain on their own with medications, pain relief patches, ointments or pain-relieving gels, massage, etc. In other cases, they simply ignore it, hoping that it will go away. Why don’t these remedies truly work in the long run? Because your pain is not the actual problem. The real problem is causing the pain.
The real problem is not that pain has shown up, but that you’ve lost normal function. When you’ve lost normal function for enough time, your body can no longer compensate. As a result, your body lets you know it has had too much, and it’s time for you to get some help.
Although it is wiser to get checked BEFORE you get to this point, most humans won’t take action until they experience pain. It is just human nature. Don’t wait. Take action NOW! Call Dr. Franson and get the help you need.
Getting Better with Individualized Care Plans
There are two basic types of neck pain – acute and chronic. Acute pain is a symptom that has just started recently, like the type you experience from an injury. Chronic pain is a symptom that typically has lasted for more than 12 weeks.
Acute pain tends to be more intense but with a short duration and is the NORMAL and CORRECT response by your body to address the injury. Acute pain can also be of a lesser intensity from stress encountered in a typical day. For instance, after working on a computer for too long, sleeping in an awkward position, or exposure to a cold draft can cause acute pain. These types of pain are usually short-lived, meaning they last for a few days and resolve themselves spontaneously.
Most people will buy a variety of pain-relieving remedies, apply them for several days, and then when the pain goes away, the remedy gets the credit. However, if they didn’t do that, the pain would typically go away in the same amount of time. Then your healing ability gets the credit.
So, which makes more sense? At Franson Chiropractic, we do our best to help you understand how your body works. Thus, you can make wiser decisions for your health care, and save money and time in the process.
When the symptoms last longer than three months, then your pain is chronic. This type of pain suggests that there is an underlying dysfunction which you should address rather than superficially treating the symptoms. Here, Dr. Franson’s Chiropractic approach has had the most benefit for so many patients.
Chronic pain can begin to affect not just your physical patterns, but your psychological patterns as well. Chronic stress can lead to chronic pain, therefore addressing what is going on with you mentally and emotionally is just as important as dealing with your physical challenges.
A Unique Approach
Dr. Franson works beyond the physical pain and helps you deal with the underlying problem. He treats your body as a whole, comprising emotions, history, belief systems, experiences, and postural and behavioral habits. Your body and mind communicate with each other through your nerves. A large portion of the nerves are inside of and intimately connected to your spinal column. When there’s a functional loss in your spinal column, there can be a corresponding ‘disconnect’ between your brain and body. As a result, it leads to further dysfunction, and your health spirals downward.
Dr. Franson’s approach restores your lost function and helps you regain your body’s harmony using result-driven, gentle, and effective procedures.
You will start noticing results immediately as you get off the table, and as you go through the process, your results will continue to improve as well. All you have to do is show up and let Dr. Franson guide you along the way.
What Are the Main Causes of Neck Pain?
Although there are many causes of neck pain, postural and psychological stress are probably the most common, and an ever-increasing cause of concern amongst the younger generations. Technology has made our lives more comfortable, but it has also led to new and different stresses on our bodies, which many times result in neck pain.
Weak and Overused Neck Muscles
Sitting at work, staring at a computer for hours a day can wreak havoc on your neck. Look around, and you will see more and more people staring down at their phones nowadays. It has become a real issue in our society. Holding your head and neck in a flexed position for extended periods leads to overworked muscles in the back of your neck, and weakened muscles in the front. This imbalance can be an active contributor to your neck pain.
Herniated discs are a common cause of neck pain, as well as radiating symptoms towards a shoulder or down your arm. The most common types of injuries causing pain are motor vehicle accidents, even those that seemed minor and happened many years ago. Although the disc may not have herniated during the accident, you may have lost normal function as a result of the accident. It causes abnormal motion of your neck structures, putting unusual stresses on those tissues. Over time, this can lead to a collapse of the discs resulting in herniation.
If the herniated part presses on a nerve, the pain can be unbearable and radiate into your arm and even to your fingers. In some cases, you might require surgery to repair the damaged disc. However, in many cases, precise and persistent chiropractic care can help your body function better. In fact, it can even compensate for the disc injury so that your pain reduces, or is even eliminated in many cases.
Schedule a consultation today to see if you qualify for conservative chiropractic care for your neck pain at Franson Chiropractic.
Repetitive stress causes your body to respond by flooding it with stress hormones and also promoting the tightening of your muscles. Due to constant pressure, the muscles can become sore, overworked, weak, or damaged. Dr. Franson calls this state of your body a Chronic Adaptive Pattern, which further affects your wellness and distorts your body.
Most people are walking around with some form of Chronic Adaptive Pattern. It makes your body functions inefficient, which may be the reason why your energy levels are just not where you would like them to be. By helping you to free yourself of these patterns, and becoming aware of them, you can establish better, healthier habits. Plus, not only can you become free of your pain, but also improve your overall energy levels. This approach is of primary importance in Dr. Franson’s methodology.
In conjunction with this, he also helps you overcome some of your stresses with time-tested techniques that you can implement right away and utilize at home or work.
Sports injuries, auto collisions that result in whiplash, or fall injuries can strain the soft neck tissues and lead to pain. In many cases, the joints of the spine can get ‘locked up,’ much like a toe can get jammed when accidentally kicking a bedpost at night. Chiropractic care is exceptional at unlocking stuck joints that result from various types of injury.
Watch out for these symptoms, which may lead to neck pain:
Mild loss of ability to turn or lean your head and neck fully
The tightness of neck or shoulder muscles
Urge to massage or rub neck and shoulder muscles
Sensitivity to touch and pressure around the neck
The heaviness of the head
Steps in Your Treatment:
Franson is an expert in asking the right questions to help you find answers to your pain and stress issues. His ‘Whole-Person’ approach involves a deeper understanding of you as a human being, how your body works, how your mind and emotions affect it. More importantly, what we can do not only to help you but to help you help yourself in your future.
During the comprehensive exam, the doctor conducts a thorough assessment of your neck and spine to identify the areas of involvement and ultimately, the source of your pain. The doctor will also check your posture, balance, strength, and will uncover the areas of restricted movement.
Once the diagnosis is complete, Dr. Franson prepares a customized chiropractic plan that will alleviate the symptoms and help you restore bodily function
The spinal adjustments will relieve the pressure on your neck muscles and nerves and promote overall health.
The doctor also suggests postural and behavioral changes to help you be active in your progress and to utilize these changes for the rest of your life.