Neck Pain & Adjustments
Neck and back pain are things I treat on a daily basis in the clinic. Condition can range from headaches, stiffness, sprain/strain, disc herniations, or nerve pain. For some people, having your neck adjusted can be a very vulnerable experience. While neck adjusting is safe and effective for neck pain, it is not the only tool I use, and I will ALWAYS respect your decision if you feel apprehensive or nervous getting your neck adjusted.
You are in the drivers seat when it comes to your body. I will always offer my clinical opinion on if I think an adjustment would give better results that soft tissue work or rehab alone, but at the end of the day this care is collaborative!
Some other options for care include, Graston, Cupping, active release, low grade joint mobilizations, and other rehab exercises.
Here is some research for those of you interested in seeing some data before you make an informed decision!
A systematic review of 47 randomized trials found that cervical manipulation is safe and effective:
* An effect in favor of thrust manipulation plus exercise compared to an exercise regimen alone for a reduction in pain and disability.
* Of the 25 studies (that evaluated adverse events), either no or minor events occurred.
Coulter ID et al. Manipulation and Mobilization for Treating Chronic Nonspecific Neck Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis for an Appropriateness Panel. Pain Physician. 2019 Mar;22(2):E55-E70.