Drug-Free Treatments for Inflammation Pain in Your Neck

Even occasional twinges in your neck can interfere with your day. If you have persistent pain due to inflammation in your cervical spine, or neck, you may not need medications to relieve it.

Experienced chiropractor, Bryan Weddle, DC, knows how frustrating chronic inflammatory neck pain can be, and he offers a variety of solutions to relieve neck pain without increasing your dependence on certain drugs.

Why your neck hurts

Your neck has a lot of flexibility and strength, able to support the weight of your head and allowing you to move in a wide variety of ways.

For many, inflammatory pain in the neck starts with everyday movements and poor posture. If you sit for long periods of time, especially over your phone or computer, your muscles can become strained and irritated.

In other cases, a fall, car accidentwork-related injury, or other type of direct trauma, can cause long-lasting inflammation in your neck, resulting in chronic pain and limited range of motion.

If you have a herniated disc or a degenerative spinal condition like arthritis or degenerative disc disease, your neck may lose mobility, and pain can become debilitating.

Tackling neck pain without drugs

There are several drug-free treatments available at DMC Healthcare for both acute and chronic neck pain. Dr. Weddle takes the time to evaluate the root cause of your pain before recommending which treatment is best for you.

Some drug-free treatment options for neck pain include:

Massage therapy

Massage therapy is highly effective at increasing blood circulation to reduce inflammation and tension in the muscles that support your neck and spine.

Myofascial release techniques using an electrical stimulation machine known as a TENS unit can provide you with immediate and long-lasting pain relief.

Spinal manipulation

Spinal manipulation involves gentle movements to manipulate the structures of your cervical spine to release tension and reduce inflammation in your neck.

Through manual manipulations and spinal decompression, Dr. Weddle ensures your entire spine is in proper alignment to prevent irritation of nearby nerves that can also cause persistent pain. This type of chiropractic care is also effective in stimulating your body’s natural healing abilities.

Physical therapy

Depending on the cause of your pain, you can receive a referral to a physical therapist to learn exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles in your neck. Physical therapy not only relieves existing pain, it can prevent the development of additional painful neck problems.

In addition to physical therapy sessions, the DMC Healthcare team can recommend exercises you can do daily at home to relieve neck tension and improve your overall health and wellness.

Focusing on prevention

Following your chiropractic treatment, Dr. Weddle can provide you with resources to help you prevent the return of neck pain based on your job, your lifestyle, and your existing condition.

Some quick tips for reducing the frequency of neck pain and inflammation include:

You should also be more aware of your posture when you’re sitting and standing. Keep your shoulders down and back and your head straight to reduce strain on your neck.

If you’re bothered by recurrent or chronic neck pain, don’t delay an evaluation with Dr. Weddle. Call DMC Healthcare to schedule an appointment or use the online booking system. 

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