Neck and Head Chiropractic in Austin, TX
As chiropractors, we focus on correcting spinal misalignments which can be the primary cause of neck pain and headaches.
Neck Pain and Headaches
Neck pain and headaches can be debilitating and uncomfortable. When the spine is misaligned, the muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerve tissue surrounding the area often become inflamed and painful.
The following are common symptoms associated with neck misalignments that respond well to chiropractic:
What does a chiropractic neck adjustment do?
A chiropractic neck adjustment is done to restore the correct alignment and motion of a joint, alleviating many of the symptoms associated with it. These symptoms may be things like neck pain, neck soreness, a stiff neck, limited range of motion, tight muscles, and more. When a joint is moving correctly and in the correct alignment, it results in a healthy, pain free joint. Click here to schedule your first appointment with us!
Techniques Used to Correct Neck Misalignments
An “adjustment” or correction of a spinal misalignment is made to correct the motion and function of a dysfunctional joint. This can be achieved in many ways. At Lifespring chiropractic, we use many chiropractic neck adjustment techniques. A few traditional techniques involve traditional popping or cracking, and others do not involve any cracking or popping. The techniques that do not use cracking or popping are just as effective if not more effective than the alternative. Some of these involve the use of a spring-loaded instrument that feels like a light tapping. Many of the gentle techniques that do not use cracking can be seen on our Youtube channel.
Are chiropractic neck adjustments safe?
The movies are fake! People don’t walk around breaking necks! A chiropractor could not break a neck if they tried to. A chiropractic neck adjustment is actually very safe. Just ask our insurance companies. Insurance is objectively based off how much risk is at stake. All doctors require malpractice insurance to cover them in case of an accident or injury to a patient. This insurance varies from city to city. Of all healthcare professionals, chiropractors tend to have some of the lowest cost of malpractice insurance due to how little risk there is. The side effects of a chiropractic adjustment may be a slight soreness the day after an adjustment as the body heals, much like the feeling after a new workout. A Doctor of Chiropractic is trained in many techniques and will utilize the best technique that will be most safe and effective depending on the age and history of a patient. Schedule your first appointment with us now!
Can chiropractic help arthritis in the neck?
There are many types of arthritis which affect millions of Americans. Arthritis commonly comes with joint inflammation, joint swelling, joint stiffness, and decreased motion. Chiropractic care can be a great natural, non-invasive, non-addictive approach to relieve the pain caused by many types of arthritis. Chiropractic adjustments help joint restrictions or misalignments which restore motion to the joints. This can help with many of the arthritis symptoms such as a stiff neck, painful neck, or inflamed neck.
Pinched Nerve in the Neck
Chiropractors work to restore misaligned joints (subluxations). A joint misalignment or subluxation can cause irritation to the surrounding nerves. This is what we often call a pinched nerve in the neck. Most times, the nerve is not actually pinched, but rather inflamed and irritated. As chiropractors we perform an examination, using a variety of testing to determine the cause of the irritated nerve. We then make a gentle, safe adjustment to the neck to correct the cause of the problem. Once the problem is corrected, it typically feels much better and moves better almost immediately. View the video to see a chiropractic adjustment for a pinched nerve in the neck.
Chiropractic vs. Massage for Neck Pain
While chiropractic adjustments and massage can both be beneficial for treating neck pain, it is important to know when to use each. During a flare up, or period of severe neck pain, it is always advised to see a chiropractor to assess and diagnose the cause of the condition before any treatment is given. Many times, what feels like a “kink in the neck” can actually be a problem that started years ago. For this reason, we recommend evaluating the cause of your specific problem before recommending the appropriate path to take. Your health is far too important and unique to you to make assumptions. Click here to schedule an appointment with one of our chiropractors.
Can you adjust your own neck?
Randomly popping/cracking your (or someone else’s) back or neck without proper training will many times make a joint worse and can potentially cause side effects such as joint instability. A chiropractic adjustment is different than randomly cracking a back because it is aimed at a specific, problematic spot that has lost motion and alignment. When the motion is properly restored to a misaligned joint which results in better brain to body connection (nervous system function), it then moves better and commonly feels better. To make an adjustment, a Doctor of Chiropractic must first assess the problematic joint. This is done through a variety of methods such as static palpation, motion palpation, muscle tone assessment, gait analysis, or other chiropractic specific tests. Click here to schedule your first appointment with one of our chiropractors.