Imagine a Taekwondo tournament. You’re competing, and a sharp
move of the neck leaves you with limited movement of the cervical spine.
What do you do? In a case study just released, this lucky athlete had a team
chiropractor onsite who assessed and determined
spinal manipulation was appropriate. The athlete’s range of motion returned,
and he finished the tournament. (1) How positive an event! Spengel Chiropractic
knows that immediate relief is not always noted nor can it be expected for all
patients (older McHenry neck pain patients, chronic back pain
patients, etc.), but it’s possible! (Plus, we all respond more quickly when we’re
young!) McHenry chiropractic care is targeted to each individual
patient and his/her unique neck pain issues.
In reference to the above patient/athlete scenario, the
authors of the paper note that the chiropractor is always careful in deciding
whether to treat in such a situation. They offer recommendations for their
chiropractic colleagues like your McHenry chiropractor at
Spengel Chiropractic to consider before making the decision to treat or not that
make sense in the athletic setting as well as clinical setting. Things like a
pre-existing doctor-patient relationship and the patient/athlete’s prior
experience with spinal manipulation are certainly in the mix. (1) Spengel Chiropractic
appreciates these insights as acute (like this athlete) and chronic (long term)
neck pain conditions are treated.
The cervical spine and its neck pain that some
McHenry patients experience may result from athletics, accidents,
overuse and misuse. The cervical spine structures are quite delicate. The typical
average cervical spine canal diameter is 14mm. The spinal cord at its largest
at C5 is 7mm, and soft tissues like ligaments, dura and veins take up 3mm. (2)
These account for 10mm of the 14mm canal! The C2 dorsal root ganglion is the largest DRG
in the whole spine and takes up 76% of the foramen between C1 and C2. (3) The
cervical spine is an intimate setting that can cause a human pain which
chiropractic often can relieve. Spengel Chiropractic is well aware of this and uses
the gentlest, research-documented protocols to relieve neck pain.
Cox Technic is the gentle chiropractic protocol
Spengel Chiropractic often uses. Its application is guided by the patient’s
response to tolerance testing, making it as safe as possible. Its use offers
significant relief of pain in patients with spinal stenosis – single level and
multilevel – when that 14mm spinal canal space is filled with a disc herniation
or reduced by disc degeneration or other such cervical spine pain condition.
For example, a 60 year old male who had pain and limited motion in his neck
with pain and weakness in his shoulder and arm due to multilevel spinal
stenosis has significant relief of his subjective and objective complaints with
chiropractic care. (4) Its effectiveness in dropping intradiscal pressures is
documented in a National Institute of Health grant-funded research project. (5)
Spengel Chiropractic prides itself on offering such research-proven spine care.
Contact Spengel Chiropractic if you experience neck pain or
related arm pain, if you’re an athlete or an avid walker or a whiplash injury
survivor. Spengel Chiropractic is ready to care for all our McHenry neck
pain patients with a McHenry chiropractic treatment plan based on
the latest research recommendations.