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Do you suffer from recurring neck pain? Whether your pain is due to a whiplash injury or poor posture, chronic neck pain can have a serious impact on your quality of life, affecting your ability to be productive at work, enjoy your favorite activities and even sleep through the night. Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, effective alternative to medication and surgery for neck pain relief.
You do not need to be in a major car accident to sustain a whiplash injury, which is a leading cause for neck pain. Even a minor fender bender at speeds as slow as 5 mph can “whip” the neck backwards and forwards, causing a cervical spine misalignment. When the cervical spine is out of alignment, pressure from the misalignment can compress nearby nerves and muscles, triggering neck pain, headaches, and other health problems. If the RCPM muscle is compressed, for example, this can trigger recurring headaches. Symptoms of a whiplash injury include neck pain, fatigue, dizziness, jaw pain and difficulty sleeping at night.
If you are suffering neck pain from a whiplash injury, our West Los Angeles and Westchester chiropractor will create a custom treatment program to naturally manage this pain. The first step for effective pain management is to identify the root cause. Our chiropractor in West Los Angeles and Westchester will conduct diagnostic tests to determine the extent of your cervical spine misalignment. Next, we use hands-on chiropractic adjustments to gently decompress the spine and create space between the vertebrae, alleviating pressure on the nerves and providing long-lasting pain relief.
In addition to chiropractic adjustments, patients may also benefit from complementary therapies, including massage therapy and therapeutic exercises. Massage therapy can be very beneficial for releasing tension trapped deep within the fascia, allowing the body to relax while also boosting the level of pain-killing endorphins. Corrective care exercises are also beneficial for restoring mobility to the neck after an injury. If your neck is stiff or sore, our corrective exercises are a safe way to bring back a natural range of motion without risking injury.
While neck pain is frequently due to a whiplash injury, poor posture can also be a primary contributing factor. When you hunch over a keyboard to see your computer screen or slump back in a chair with the laptop on your knees, your spine is placed in a “C” position. This pushes the head forward while the hips tip back, causing spinal compression. Now imagine assuming this position for eight hours every day while at work – it’s no surprise that chronic neck pain is one of the most common workplace complaints. Our West Los Angeles and Westchester chiropractor can help you make simple ergonomic adjustments to relieve this pain.
Our chiropractor in West Los Angeles and Westchester has substantial experience providing drug-free neck pain relief. Through our integrated approach to neck pain management, we combine chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy and therapeutic/corrective exercises for long-lasting effective relief without the need for drugs. Contact our Santa Monica chiropractor today: 424-800-2488.