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.
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