Non-surgical neck pain treatment relieves
such cervical spine related pain. What does that treatment include?
Researchers and clinicians struggle with that question all the
time. What is the answer? With you, the neck
pain patient, the arm pain patient. The chiropractic treatment plan from the passive pain-relieving
treatment to the self-management tools are molded to each
individual neck pain sufferer. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is the neck pain sufferer’s
partner in the path to Sitka neck pain relief.
NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OF NECK PAIN STAGES
A group of experts in the conservative management
of cervical radiculopathy (neck-related arm pain) gathered to set
a list of effective non-surgical treatment modalities at different
stages of pain (acute, subacute, chronic). The stage matters.
In the acute stage, more passive pain-relieving interventions – spinal
manipulation, patient education, specific foraminal opening exercise,
pain-relieving position - were thought important. As
patients progress through subacute (increased
physical activity, supervised motor control, specific exercise, and neurodynamic
mobilization) to chronic (general aerobic exercise, strength training), more individualized
physical activity and self-management were stated as important.
(1) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka agrees with this individualized plan and understands
there is a delicate balance between passive treatment and active
exercise for optimal outcomes.
HOW MUCH TREATMENT FOR NECK PAIN?
Thirty-seven experts attempted to determine the proper dosage and type of motor control and
segmental exercise was optimal for chronic non-specific neck pain. They converged
in agreement most that there were 3 dosage variables: intensity,
frequency, and reps. As for which exercise, dosage, procedure, progression,
etc., they agreed that prescribing exercise was complex and
must be individualized, acceptable, and feasible to the patient. (2)
Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka fully agrees! We work with our
Sitka neck pain patients to ensure the exercises
work for them and their spinal condition and willingness to do the
ACTIVE CARE OF NECK & ARM PAIN: Exercise
Exercise recommendations for chronic
non-specific neck pain have not been well stated. A review of published studies on this topic revealed
that (A) many exercise programs reduce pain and disability in
the short term, (B) pillar exercises reduce pain and disability
in the intermediate term, and (C) motor control plus segmental exercises produce
moderate to great pain decrease overall. Long term pain reducing
exercise recommendations have not been analyzed. (3) Another
aspect of exercise for neck and arm pain patients is the respiratory aspect. Neck
pain and forward head posture as seen in smartphone users
were addressed in a comparison study: control, routine
therapeutic exercise, (combined) routine therapeutic exercise with respiratory
exercises. At 8 weeks, the combined group had significant
differences in diaphragm muscle activation, respiratory balance, and number of
breaths. (4) Pain and breathing can be compatible when done
the right way. Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka works with each patient to see
what exercises are most appropriate for each patient’s stage of pain
to improve each one’s condition.
CONTACT Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Adam
Propper on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates
The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management integration
and exercise to help with neck and arm pain.
Make your Sitka chiropractic
appointment soon. We make a non-surgical treatment
plan with a combination of active exercise and passive care to assist
each of our neck pain patients in getting the relief they want each of
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