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The Sitka Back and Neck Pain Relief Wave

For many, seeing and hearing ocean waves is calming. For Sitka back pain and neck pain patients, feeling the wave of healing pain relief can be the same if they are aware of it. For those who do not understand that pain will come and go while healing, the wave of healing can be saddening. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka helps our patients understand the wave of healing, recognize the research behind our relieving treatment plan, and celebrate the pain relief they experience.


Since back and neck pain experiences are filled with fluctuations of symptoms as they heal, researchers have worked on a system to classify neck pain patients and their pain patterns by studying 1208 neck pain patients. They came up with 16 subgroups! Wow. The largest subgroup was “mild persistent fluctuating” with 25% of the patients in it rating their pain as a 3.4 out of 10 (10 worst pain). The “moderate episodic” group had 24% with a pain rating of 2.7. “Persistent fluctuating” pain patients were those bothered more by pain than the others. (1) Instead of just describing and rating pain, researchers had patients describe their pain using a visual picture scale about their pain intensity and symptomatology over a year. The patient responses were quite similar in defining the pain intensity but not so much for the symptoms and their characteristics. (2) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka finds that everybody feels pain in slightly different ways and that they find certain types of pain more annoying than others do. All of our Sitka chiropractic patients are unique!


For 12 months, another study tracked 1124 neck pain patients who saw a chiropractor. Neck pain patients having “persistent pain” – 75% to 63% over the year - and very minor pain stayed relatively stable. Those who had “episodic pain” – 21% to 24% over the year – had greater changes in their pain patterns. (3) This is the reason we inform our back and neck pain patients that recovery is more wavelike than a straight line. While healing, pain ebbs and flows. Going away more than it comes is a solid sign of healing and pain relief. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka repeatedly tells our Sitka neck pain and back pain patients to not be discouraged along the way. We’ll get there together!


Research such as explained here about the patterns of neck pain and back pain sufferers emphasizes the on-going need for them to have team members like their chiropractors as well as general practitioners to manage it, understand it, and care for it. A researcher described how a patient who underwent spinal surgery 30 years ago now experienced neck pain and cervical arm pain due to adjacent segment disease a condition often seen in spinal discs above and below a spinal level that underwent back surgery - was treated with cervical manipulation, flexion distraction decompression (Cox®), soft-tissue mobilization, and therapeutic ultrasound for pain relief. (4) Again, pain relief is rarely sudden, but rather systematic with treatment, coming/going pain intensity, patience, and appreciation for the relief gotten be it 50%, 70% or 90% as explained by the 50% Rule of Cox® Technic.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. John Murray on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents patient cases that were complicated and yet attained relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management with time.

Schedule your Sitka chiropractic appointment now. Together, we’ll work toward the calming wave of healing and celebrate the pain relief.

Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka rides the wave of healing pain relief with our neck pain and back pain patients.  

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