Neck pain is a common problem that affects millions of people every year. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, trauma, degenerative conditions, and stress. While many people turn to medication or surgery for relief, chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive approach that can provide long-term relief from neck pain.
At A Chiropractic Wellness Place, PC in Chelmsford, MA, Dr. Mark Chiungos specializes in chiropractic care for neck pain. In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of chiropractic care for neck pain, how it works, and what you can expect during your visit to Dr. Chiungos.
Understanding Neck Pain
Neck pain is a common condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, muscle strains and sprains, nerve compression, arthritis, and trauma. The symptoms of neck pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion. Some people also experience headaches, dizziness, and tingling or numbness in the arms or hands.
In most cases, neck pain is not a serious medical condition and can be treated with conservative measures such as rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers. However, if the pain persists or is accompanied by other symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention.
How Chiropractic Care Helps with Neck Pain
Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive approach to treating neck pain. It is based on the principle that the body has an innate ability to heal itself and that by removing interference to the nervous system, the body can heal and restore function.
Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to address the underlying causes of neck pain. One of the most common techniques is spinal manipulation or adjustment, which involves applying a controlled force to the vertebrae of the spine to restore proper alignment and function.
When the spine is out of alignment, it can put pressure on the nerves and muscles in the neck, causing pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. Spinal adjustments can help restore proper alignment, which can relieve pain and improve mobility.
In addition to spinal adjustments, chiropractors may also use other techniques, such as massage therapy, stretching exercises, and other therapies to help alleviate neck pain. These techniques can help reduce muscle tension and improve range of motion in the neck.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Neck Pain
Chiropractic care has been shown to provide many benefits for people with neck pain, including:
Pain Relief: Chiropractic care can provide fast, effective pain relief for neck pain. Spinal adjustments and other techniques can help reduce inflammation and relieve pressure on the nerves and muscles, which can alleviate pain.
Improved Mobility: Neck pain can make it difficult to move your head and neck, which can affect your daily activities. Chiropractic care can help improve mobility in the neck, which can make it easier to move and perform daily tasks.
Better Posture: Poor posture is a common cause of neck pain. Chiropractic care can help improve posture by realigning the spine and reducing muscle tension, which can help alleviate neck pain.
Non-Invasive: Chiropractic care is a non-invasive treatment option for neck pain. Unlike surgery or medication, chiropractic care does not involve any invasive procedures or harsh chemicals.
Holistic Approach: Chiropractic care takes a holistic approach to health and wellness. By treating the underlying cause of neck pain, rather than just the symptoms, chiropractic care can help improve overall health and well-being.
Fewer Side Effects: Chiropractic care has fewer side effects than medication or surgery. While some people may experience mild soreness or stiffness after a chiropractic adjustment, these side effects are typically short-lived and mild.
Long-Term Relief: Chiropractic care can provide long-term relief from neck pain. By addressing the underlying cause of the pain, chiropractic care can help prevent future episodes of neck pain.
What to Expect During Your Visit to A Chiropractic Wellness Place, PC
If you’re experiencing neck pain, scheduling an appointment with Dr. Mark Chiungos at A Chiropractic Wellness Place, PC in Chelmsford, MA is the first step in finding relief. During your initial visit, Dr. Chiungos will perform a comprehensive examination to evaluate the extent of your neck pain and identify any underlying issues that may be contributing to your symptoms.
After the initial examination, Dr. Chiungos will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your individual needs and goals. Treatment may include spinal adjustments, massage therapy, stretching exercises, and other therapies designed to relieve pain, improve mobility, and promote overall wellness.
Throughout your treatment, Dr. Chiungos will work closely with you to monitor your progress and adjust your treatment plan as needed. With regular chiropractic care, you can enjoy long-term relief from neck pain and improved overall health and wellness.
Neck pain can be a debilitating condition that affects your daily life. While medication and surgery are common treatment options, they are not always effective or appropriate. Chiropractic care is a natural, non-invasive approach that can provide long-term relief from neck pain and improve overall health and wellness.
At A Chiropractic Wellness Place, PC in Chelmsford, MA, Dr. Mark Chiungos specializes in chiropractic care for neck pain. If you’re experiencing neck pain, schedule an appointment today to discover the benefits of chiropractic care for yourself.
Most insurance policies offer some chiropractic coverage. Dr. Chiungos works with Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, Tufts Health Plan, Unicare/GIC, and Medicare. See the No Surprises Act for more information.
Absolutely. Chiropractic as a profession is more than 100 years old. We follow industry guidelines during our new patient induction process to minimize risk and maximize benefit. Chiropractic malpractice insurance is considered by many to be the least costly professional insurance in the healthcare industry because chiropractic is generally considered a safe, manual therapy.
It depends on your mechanism of injury and your current state of health. You might start feeling better as soon as your adjustment is finished. You might need to go home and ice (Dr. Chiungos will advise you). If your injury is serious, it may take several visits. But your healing has begun from the first adjustment. Your personal care plan is designed to take you from where you are today to your best possible outcome. Dr. Chiungos will keep you updated on your progress at each visit.
Decompression treatment is not currently covered by health insurance. If Dr. Chiungos believes this is an integral part of your treatment plan, he will discuss all costs and potential discounts before the start of care. You will receive informed consent.
Spinal Disc Decompression with the SpineMED® Table has shown to be safe and generally without major side effects or complications once abnormal conditions have been ruled out. The process is so safe and comfortable, it’s not uncommon for patients to fall asleep!
Specific situations that are not suited for decompression therapy include:
- Patients under 12 years old
- If you had spinal surgery that involved clips, mesh or fusion
- If you have fractures, tumors or infections
- If you have osteoporosis or spondylolisthesis where there’s been a fracture or non-union defect in the spine, where that segment that we want to traction is unstable
Damaged intervertebral discs seldom heal as the discs are constantly under pressure from muscular spasm—during normal activities, and even while sleeping! SpineMED is designed to reduce the pressure in the discs, promoting the influx of vital fluids, nutrients and oxygen back into the discs to assist the body’s natural rebuilding process. This process may speed up the natural repair and could eventually heal damaged spinal discs.
Sessions are typically 30 minutes long. It could take 15 to 25 sessions or more to see some relief from your discomfort. That’s variable based on your status and the condition we’re treating. Ideally, the sessions are performed daily with rest on the weekend.
Laser treatment, as used in chiropractic offices, is not currently covered by health insurance. If Dr. Chiungos believes this is an integral part of your treatment plan, he will discuss all costs and potential discounts before the start of care.
Laser therapy has been in use for over thirty years with almost no side effects reported. Aspen Laser is FDA-registered and passes all safety compliance requirements. The treatments are not painful; in fact, laser is warm and comfortable to your skin. Dr. Chiungos will check in with you regularly to make sure the temperature feels right, and you can always speak up if it starts to feel too warm. The main safety concern is for the eyes, which is why Dr. Chiungos will provide protective glasses for both patient and doctor at each session.
Laser is effective on most parts of the body; however, there are times when laser is not appropriate:
- during pregnancy
- within twelve months of cancer treatments
- during the use of photo-sensitizing medications
- over recent steroid injections (seven days)
- over growth plates or reproductive glands
- over tattoos or skin infections
Laser therapy promotes energy production supporting cellular repair, increased blood flow, increased red blood cell oxygen-carrying capacity, and decrease of inflammation. When used in conjunction with traditional chiropractic, laser can reduce pain and healing time, and promote a deeper, more complete healing to the area of concern.
Sessions typically last 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. They generally start longer and reduce in length as you heal. Most acute conditions require only 10 – 12 treatment sessions. If you have a chronic condition, you may need 12 – 20 treatments and one or two follow-up sessions every month. The amount and frequency of treatments are determined through assessment of your condition combined with Dr. Chiungos’s experience treating patients with laser. You will likely start to feel better after your first 5 sessions.