From improper sleep position to fender benders to staring down at your smartphone, there are many ways that neck pain can develop just from day to day living. Having neck pain can leave you scrambling to find relief.
These remedies are often recommended for people with neck pain:
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as Advil or Tylenol
- Apply ice or heat. Ice is usually recommended for the first 2-3 days, then heat beyond that timeframe.
- Perform slow movements to bring your neck through its natural ranges of motion – nod up and down, look side to side, and bring your ear to your shoulder on both sides.
- Massage for sore, painful areas
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Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Lasting Relief
While the recommendations above are good for the very occasional episode of mild neck pain, if your neck pain doesn’t seem to want to go away then there’s an underlying reason. Usually, there is some type of spinal misalignment that is preventing normal motion of the neck and impairing your body’s ability to heal properly. Of the seven vertebrae in your neck, the uppermost one (C1 or the atlas) is the most freely movable. Because of this, it is also the most likely to shift out of alignment. When this occurs, it can affect all of the cervical vertebrae below it and even cause problems further down the spine.
If you have chronic neck pain and have not been checked by an upper cervical chiropractor for an atlas misalignment, then that could be the missing piece of the puzzle to start feeling better. Our analysis is very thorough, and we will be able to determine if an atlas misalignment is contributing to your neck pain. If so, then we are able to customize gentle, specific adjustments that will realign the atlas and restore normal alignment. When your cervical spine is aligned properly, it will function better and you, in turn, will feel better.
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