Nobody wants to deal with pain in their neck or back--even minor aches can make it hard to complete daily tasks. From manual labor to poor posture, there's no shortage of things that can cause pain in these areas. According to Penn Medicine, 85% of people experience some sort of neck or back pain. Chiropractic care offers a unique solution to back and neck pain. A chiropractor can help realign the spine and reduce inflammation of the muscles and joints. The lack of invasive procedures and medications have contributed to the popularity of chiropractic care--in 2014, over 33 million adults in the U.S. visited a chiropractor!
Our necks do more than let us turn our heads--they support the weight of our skulls, and they protect nerves that transport sensory and motor information from the brain to the body. Thus, t's important not to ignore any sudden neck pain.
Necks consist of seven vertebrae that are made up of muscles and ligaments. When these muscles are irritated or inflamed, it can lead to mild or excessive pain. In some cases, you may experience a stabbing pain in one particular area of the neck, or an overall soreness. In more severe situations, pain may restrict your ability to turn your neck.
Some of the most common causes of neck pain include:
- Poor posture
- Poor support during sleep
- Labor-intensive activities (work, sports, heavy lifting)
- Whiplash (injury from quick back-and-forth movement of the neck)
- Health condition (tumor, infection, cervical spine condition)
Chiropractors offer a non-invasive method to address neck pain and relieve muscle stress. Chiropractic neck adjustments, or cervical manipulations, helps loosen the vertebrae and minimize the effects of muscle strains or inflammation. While the effects of chiropractic care vary amongst each individual, most patients start to see results between one to three weeks after beginning treatment.
I have met and worked with approximately a dozen chiropractors in the last 20 or so years, with many of them excellent professionals in the field. However, Dr. Schulz is far and away the best I've worked with.
I met Dr. Schulz in 2004 after a serious car accident. I was very fortunate in meeting him at that time because I believe he took months if not years off of my recovery. I have not met anyone as knowledgeable, skilled, dedicated or as caring as Dr. Schulz. With his help I am now back into tae kwon do competition.