Neck Pain Study: chiropractic & exercise beat drugs

neck painThe Annals of Internal Medicine published a new study this month reporting chiropractic care and light exercise relieve neck pain better than medication.

This includes over-the-counter and prescription pain meds.

Seventy percent of us will experience neck pain at some point in our lives. It’s one of the most common reasons we see a doctor, according to The New York Times.

Although 33-65 percent of people recover from neck pain within a year, relapses are common. Typical patients are females in urban rather than rural areas of high-income countries. People who work in offices on computers suffer more than others.

Check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program to lengthen and strengthen neck muscles.

Try these simple steps at home to relieve neck pain:

  • Set your showerhead to the “pulse” setting then let really warm water massage your neck.
  • Put two tennis balls in a sock. Lie down on a hard surface, then rest your neck on them.
  • Sleep on a good firm pillow to support your head.
  • Check ergonomics to see what you can do at work.
  • Keep your head up while checking smartphones to prevent text neck.

Robert W. Ferguson, D.C., F.I.A.M.A., state-licensed chiropractor and acupuncturist, sees patients at 2250 W. 86th Street, Ste. 100, on the north side of Indianapolis by Le Peep restaurant. Just look for the orange sign.

Chiropractic Rehabilitation & Acupuncture now accepts Healthy Indiana Plan for chiropractic services, and most insurance for chiropractic therapy and acupuncture.

 

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