Georgetown Chiropractic Relief for Neck Pain: Exercise & Cox® Treatment

June 25, 2024

Neck pain is a common condition among office workers and individuals who work long hours in front of computers. In today’s world, who doesn’t spend long hours in front of a computer? Whether you're experiencing chronic discomfort or occasional stiffness, finding effective ways to ease neck pain is paramount. Recent studies have shown that particular exercises, especially fixed resistance training and progressive resistance training, can considerably improve neck pain conditions. Exercise alongside chiropractic Cox® Technic treatment of the cervical spine can be quite relieving! This blog post will look at the effectiveness of these exercises and provide evidence-based insights to facilitate your management of Georgetown neck pain more effectively.

UNDERSTANDING NECK PAIN

Neck pain can be triggered by a variety of factors, including poor posture, extended computer use, and muscle strain. Office workers are particularly susceptible to neck pain owing to the repetitive type of tasks and the sedentary lifestyle associated with desk jobs. A new study stated that just one hour of computer usage by office workers with symptomatic neck pain triggered signs of neuromuscular deficit of the ulnar nerve, semispinalis muscle and anterior scalene muscle, which may signify a higher risk of neuromuscular impairment of the upper extremities. (1) Your Georgetown chiropractor often suggests exercise as a non-invasive treatment alternative to alleviate pain and increase neck function.

THE ROLE OF EXERCISE IN MANAGING NECK PAIN

Combining chiropractic Cox® treatment with exercise is a usual method to manage and lessen neck pain. It helps strengthen the neck muscles, improve posture, and increase flexibility and strength. A systematic review compared the effects of neck exercise to passive or no intervention in adults with chronic neck pain and found that neck exercises significantly improved sensory testing measurements and reduced pain levels. (2) Another study described that chronic neck pain affects grip strength and psychomotor skills and emphasized the importance of including exercises to improve overall functionality and reduce neck pain symptoms. (3) Two types of exercises that have demonstrated significant benefits for neck pain patients follow:

Fixed Resistance Training – Helpful for building strength and stability, fixed resistance training concerns using a constant resistance throughout the exercise motion.

  • Isometric Neck Exercises: These exercises involve maintaining a position for a specified period to engage the neck muscles.
  • Neck Extension and Flexion: This entails moving the head up and down in opposition to resistance to strengthen the neck's front and back muscles.
  • Chin Tucks: Sit up straight, tuck your chin towards your chest without moving your shoulders, and hold for 5 seconds. Do this 10 times.

Progressive Resistance Training – Effective for building muscle strength and endurance over time, progressive resistance training involves slowly adding to the resistance or weight used during exercises.

  • Theraband Exercises: Using resistance bands to do neck movements such as lateral flexion and rotation.
  • Shoulder Shrugs with Weights: Hold dumbbells in each hand and shrug your shoulders towards your ears. Hold for a few seconds and then lower. Gradually add more weight as tolerated.

Exercise is a potent tool for managing neck pain. By incorporating it alongside gentle, effective chiropractic Cox® Technic treatment, you can significantly lessen neck pain, improve posture, and enhance overall neck function.

CONTACT Dr. Butwell

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr.  James Kirk on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the effective gentle protocols of The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management in decreasing neck pain.

For more personalized advice and guidance, book a consultation with your Georgetown chiropractor today at Dr. Butwell. Learn more about how you can take control of your neck pain and live a more pain-free life.

 
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