80% of adults suffer from neck pain over the course of their life and 30-50% experience neck pain annually. (1) That’s way too many! That’s nearly 1 out of every 3 people! And to top that off… billions of dollars are spent in the U.S. every year on the treatment of neck and back pain. (2) This is too many people and too much money.
Is there a solution to neck and back pain? Or better yet, is there a NATURAL solution to neck and back pain that can save us money in the long run and improve our overall quality of life?
The answer is a loud and resounding, YES! There is HOPE… and it is significant, natural and does not involve drugs or surgery.
Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic – meaning not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. This means that most neck and back pain is caused by mechanical imbalances, i.e. poor alignment and poor movement. Luckily, this is the main focus of Doctors of Chiropractic – restoring proper alignment and biomechanics of the spine to restore optimal nerve function, maximum health benefits and improved quality of life.
Studies show that people under chiropractic care show significant neck pain-level improvements following spinal adjustments. (3) Furthermore, an article published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association also suggested chiropractic care as an option for people suffering from low back pain, noting that surgery is usually not needed and should only be considered if other therapies fail. (4)
Physical, emotional and chemical stress can cause the bones of the spine to misalign, which can cause interference in the nervous system and affect the associated muscles, tendons and ligaments surrounding the spine. These misalignments are referred to as SUBLUXATIONS and, when left uncorrected, can lead to aches, pain, low energy, poor sleep, and other health issues.
Chiropractors are the only health care professionals trained to work with the spine in order to locate imbalances and spinal subluxations to correct and stabilize the spine and restore proper biomechanics and nerve function.
At Clear Chiropractic all our Doctors are trained in a specific, gentle and highly effective upper cervical chiropractic technique (the Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique) which does not require any twisting, cracking or popping of the neck. Through extensive exam procedures, your doctor is able to identify, without a shadow of a doubt, if there is a subluxation present and create a plan of care that will help the patient achieve maximum benefits within the least amount of time. This precise exam and patient care reduces the number of adjustments necessary and helps contain costs for our patients.
If you, or anyone you know, is experiencing neck pain call and make an appointment at our office today to see if chiropractic can help.
- Alyssa Brown. (2012, April 27). Chronic Pain Rates Shoot Up Until Americans Reach Late 50s. Gallup Well Being. Retrieved August 23, 2014, from https://news.gallup.com/poll/154169/chronic-pain-rates-shoot-until-americans-reach-late-50s.aspx.
- Dieleman JL, Cao J, Chapin A, Chen C, Li Z, Liu A, Horst C, Kaldjian A, Matyasz T, Scott KW, Bui AL, Campbell M, Duber HC, Dunn AC, Flaxman AD, Fitzmaurice C, Naghavi M, Sadat N, Shieh P, Squires E, Yeung K, Murray CJL. US Health Care Spending by Payer and Health Condition, 1996–2016. JAMA. 3 March 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.0734.
- Roderic Perrin Rochester, D.C. (Aug 2009). Neck pain and disability outcomes following chiropractic upper cervical care: A retrospective case series. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 53(3): 173-185. PMID: PMC 2732255.
- Goodman D, Burk A, Livingston E. Low Back Pain. JAMA 2013; 309(16):17-38.