Most people have experienced neck pain at some point, whether it is from sleeping in an odd position or an injury that they have sustained. While some of the discomfort may fade with time, neck pain can be debilitating, making it difficult to drive, work, and perform your typical daily activities. One of the best ways to regain mobility and strength in the neck is to visit a skilled chiropractor. In fact, one of the most common reasons that people visit a Bozeman chiropractor is to address neck pain. The gentle adjustments performed by Dr. Cary Gentry can lead to relief from pain and a reduced risk of further pain in the future.
There are a large number of factors that can contribute to neck pain and it may be hard to know the root cause of your particular discomfort. Many of us suffer from dull, aching neck pain as a result of sitting at a desk all day, straining to look at a computer, or leaning down to look at our phones. The posture we adopt to look at electronics actually puts strain on our neck, adding about 10 extra pounds of weight in order to keep the head stable as we scroll. This is such a common cause of neck pain that it has been termed “tech neck” by chiropractors and is an increasing cause for concern.
Neck pain can also be a result of specific injuries and movements. Twisting and turning the wrong way can cause neck pain, as can sports injuries or car accidents that may lead to whiplash. In order to properly address your pain, chiropractors will perform a physical exam and possibly imaging to understand the root cause of your discomfort.
Most people will respond to neck pain with medication that can offer temporary relief. While this can be useful in a pinch, these medications do not address the cause of neck pain, nor do they do anything to correct what’s causing it. This can lead to sustained use of medication, which comes with unnecessary side effects and risk. Rather than turning to symptom management, Waypoint Chiropractic believes in relieving neck pain in a safe, effective, and natural way through gentle chiropractic adjustments.
When Dr. Cary Gentry performs an adjustment, spinal misalignments are corrected in such a way that neck pain can be relieved quickly. When vertebrae shift out of place, they need to be guided back to the proper alignment, which may take several adjustments to allow your muscles time to adapt. Regular and routine visits are important to both correct these issues and prevent them from recurring.
Many case studies show that chiropractic care relieves neck pain and is a long-term solution for those suffering. In one instance, a young boy with severe muscle spasms and torticollis used thrice-weekly adjustments to regain full range of motion in his neck and eliminate his pain. In his case, it took 12 visits to a chiropractor to achieve results, although the average for most patients is 17 visits to fully resolve neck pain.
If you are suffering from neck pain and seeking relief, Dr. Cary Gentry at Waypoint Chiropractic can help. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment and begin finding relief!
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