When we hurt, we usually want someone else to just take the
pain away. Do something for us to remove the pain. Does that work? Not often. Experience
teaches us – sometimes over and over – the lesson that we must be involved in
helping ourselves. This is truth when it comes to neck pain. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is
your partner on your journey toward neck
pain relief. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic is prepared to set the proper McHenry
chiropractic treatment plan for neck pain relief that combines the doctor
effort of spinal manipulation (and knowledge and diagnosis) and patient effort
of exercise (and appointment keeping and exercise).
So this combined effort of spinal manipulation and exercise
is a well-studied and continually studied topic in neck pain research. The
combination’s outcomes are measured for the amount of pain relief as well as
the amount of functional improvement/quality of life.
In one study, spinal manipulation was statistically
significantly better compared to medication for neck pain relief early on in
care (8 to 52 weeks) while home exercise was notably better at week 26 over
medication. (1) It seems that patients also appreciate supervised strengthening
exercise mixed with home exercise and spinal manipulation. (2) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
definitely sees the advantage of supervising our McHenry
chiropractic patients when they first start doing their neck exercises to be
sure they are doing them properly and setting up a proper routine that will
help them toward their goal of neck pain relief.
Studies report that a combination of manual therapy and
exercise for neck pain relief is common. The neck exercise program that is most
effective is always under debate and highly individualized. That’s where
McHenry neck pain patients can turn to and rely on their
McHenry chiropractor to help. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic has many options for
neck pain exercise approaches and makes sure the one for you is right for you.
Knowing that a comparison of two neck exercise approaches – stretching exercise
training and sling exercise training for stabilization – shows that both
effectively improve cervical spine range of motion while sling stabilization
improved cervical spine angles more may influence your prescribed exercise plan.
(3) Knowing that in a large scale review of the literature about the
combination of manual therapy and exercise for neck pain reports that together
is more effective for pain reduction and improved quality of life for chronic
neck pain patients may well also influence your individualized neck pain relief
exercise plan. Know that, even for whiplash patients, greater short-term pain
reduction is found with manual therapy and exercise versus traditional care
certainly will influence the McHenry chiropractic treatment plan set
for you. (4)
So how do you know which type of exercise or combination of
spinal manipulation and exercise suits you best for maximal neck pain relief
and maintenance of that relief? A chat with your chiropractor! Contact
OrthoIllinois Chiropractic. Together, your McHenry chiropractor and you will
design the proper exercise program for supporting and maintaining the pain
relief you attain with your chiropractic treatment plan for neck pain relief.
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