The neck (cervical spine) consists of vertebrae that extend from upper torso to the skull. The bones, muscles and ligaments of the neck support the head and allow for motion. Inflammation, injuries and any other abnormalities can cause neck pain or stiffness. Key signs of neck pain include muscle tightness and spasms, headaches, decreased ability to move the head and pain that is often worsened by holding the head in one place. One of the alternative treatments for neck pain is chiropractic care.

The word chiropractor comes from Greek words for hand (cheir) and action (praxis). Chiropractors use their hands to treat joint, muscle and nerve pains by adjusting the spine and joints. Chiropractic adjustment entails applying controlled, but sudden force to move a joint. This is usually done to loosen up joints that move painfully or poorly because of scarring or tissue damage. Here are the three commonly used chiropractic techniques used to treat Neck Pain in Ferguson.

Cervical Manual Traction

In this method, the patient may sit or lay down facing up. The chiropractor will pull on the neck; stretch the cervical spine at different angles between the flexion (forward) and (extension) backward. Depending on the patient’s comfort, they search for the correct angle to efficiently minimize the strain. This chiropractic technique is used together with the cervical mobilization method.

Cervical Mobilization Technique

During a cervical mobilization, the patient lays on their back while the chiropractor moves the vertebra in the neck right to left at varying degrees. They also move the head forward, backward, to the side and in the rotation. This is a smooth non-thrust type of stretch. Its goal is to reduce to reduce fixations in cervical spinal segments.

Cervical Drop Technique

In a cervical drop technique, the patient to lays down on their stomach, on top of a special table where the head drop piece is lifted into a set position. The chiropractor then places their hand over the spinal segment to be adjusted. A non-thrust increasing pressure is then applied to the drop section (headpiece on the table) until it moves a short distance. The main aim of this technique it to reduce restricted motion of the cervical vertebrae.

These are just some of the major chiropractic techniques for relieving Neck Pain in Ferguson. For additional details about chiropractic treatment for neck pain, Contact Back And Neck Care Center.