Do you suffer from recurring neck pain? If you have never tried chiropractic care, it might be time to weigh your pain relief options and consider the benefits of chiropractic neck adjustments. These all-natural treatments are designed to help your neck heal and provide long-term relief. But why, exactly, is this an ideal treatment option? And what about those recent headlines about neck adjustments?
At Ringer Chiropractic, we want every patient to be fully informed and prepared for their chiropractic care. If you have seen headlines or heard rumors about chiropractic safety risks, we take those concerns seriously, and we want to help restore your peace of mind. Fortunately, our whole wellness philosophy is designed to minimize risks and avoid the complications associated with traditional treatment approaches. Your safety always comes first.
So, why is chiropractic safe as a treatment approach for neck pain? Let's take a look at your treatment options.
All-Natural Benefits and Risks of Neck Adjustments
Neck adjustments are all-natural alternatives to surgery and pharmaceuticals, and only a chiropractor is qualified to perform them safely and effectively. These physical manipulations may involve special instruments or a traction table, or they may simply involve your neck and your chiropractor's hands. During each neck adjustment, our chiropractors apply thousands of hours of classroom learning and years of hands-on clinical experience to manipulate the vertebrae in very strategic, safe ways. They apply localized force to specific parts of the neck, in an effort to:
- Restore proper alignment of the neck and vertebrae
- Relieve pressure and tension
- Reduce muscle inflammation
- Restore range of motion
- Eliminate tension or restriction in neck muscles
While chiropractic care has risks like any other human discipline, most of these risks are mild, rare, or both. For example, some patients may experience some soreness or stiffness the day after their adjustment, as their muscles recover and readjust to the sudden movement. This is the same kind of soreness you experience after a good workout. Other immediate complications, such as arterial injuries, are simply associated with high-velocity neck movements in general and are more likely to occur in the car or shower than the chiropractor's office.
Health Risks of Other Neck Pain Treatment Options
If you care about risk factors, it is important to compare chiropractic neck adjustments to your medical treatment options. Prescription and over-the-counter painkillers merely mask the source of your symptoms while introducing new risks, and neck surgery is an invasive procedure with its own risks and recovery requirements.
When we weigh chiropractic risks against the following medical risks, the difference is clear.
Addiction – Opiates are highly addictive painkillers that only offer short-term relief from neck pain while increasing your risk of addiction and other pharmaceutical side effects. If you rely on strong painkillers for your neck pain, it is very important to get effective corrective care.
Pharmaceutical Side Effects – In fact, even over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatories may cause side effects that range from mild (dizziness or fatigue) to life-threatening (internal bleeding and organ damage). If you use OTC pills long-term for neck pain, it is another good sign that the source of your neck pain isn't actually being treated anyway.
Surgical Complications – Surgery may not be necessary after chiropractic intervention, which is important because surgery mistakes and complications carry far more serious consequences. Sometimes complications actually occur afterward too, because the neck muscles can't be used during recovery. Deconditioning, atrophy, bone mineral loss, and other side effects may slow down your healing time and reduce your neck's function.
Post-Op Infection – Invasive surgery exposes the body to infection risks as well, especially if you get neck surgery in a hospital environment.
Anesthesia Risks – Anesthesia is necessary for invasive neck procedures, but anesthesia carries its own medical risks, especially for patients with cardiovascular conditions.
Our Commitment to Chiropractic Safety
At Ringer Chiropractic, our integrated team of medical doctors, chiropractors and therapists are all committed to the safety and satisfaction of each patient. Our goal is to help you achieve your own wellness goals, with all-natural and low-risk treatment techniques that encourage your body to heal. Serious complications from neck adjustments are very rare, but immediate pain relief and long-term healing are very common.
Contact Ringer Chiropractic for Neck Pain Relief
If you have neck pain because of an injury or recurring condition, call Ringer Chiropractic today at (209) 835-2225to make an appointment with one of our Tracy chiropractors.