Non-surgical neck pain treatment relieves
such cervical spine related pain. What does that treatment include?
Researchers and clinicians struggle with that question all the
time. Where does the answer lie? With you, the neck
pain patient, the arm pain patient. The chiropractic treatment plan from the passive pain-relieving
treatment to the self-management tools are molded to each
individual neck pain sufferer. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is the neck pain sufferer’s
partner in the path to West Des Moines neck pain relief.
NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OF NECK PAIN STAGES
A group of experts in the conservative management
of cervical radiculopathy (neck-related arm pain) gathered to set
a list of effective non-surgical treatment modalities at different
stages of pain (acute, subacute, chronic). The stage makes a difference.
In the acute stage, more passive pain-relieving interventions – spinal
manipulation, patient education, specific foraminal opening exercise,
pain-relieving position - were considered important. As
patients progress through subacute (increased
physical activity, supervised motor control, specific exercise, and neurodynamic
mobilization) to chronic (general aerobic exercise, strength training), more individualized
physical activity and self-management were described as important.
(1) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa agrees with this individualized plan and knows
there is a careful balance between passive treatment and active
exercise for most favorable outcomes.
HOW MUCH TREATMENT FOR NECK PAIN?
Thirty-seven experts set out to figure
out the proper dosage and type of motor control and
segmental exercise was optimal for chronic non-specific neck pain. They converged
in agreement most that there were 3 dosage variables: intensity,
frequency, and reps. As for which exercise, dosage, procedure, progression,
etc., they agreed that prescribing exercise was complex and
must be individualized, acceptable, and feasible to the patient. (2)
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa wholeheartedly agrees! We work with our
West Des Moines neck pain patients to be sure the exercises
work for them and their spinal condition and willingness to perform the
ACTIVE CARE OF NECK & ARM PAIN: Exercise
Exercise guidelines for chronic
non-specific neck pain have not been well stated. An
analysis of published studies on this topic revealed
that (A) many exercise programs decrease pain and disability in
the short term, (B) pillar exercises reduce pain and disability
in the intermediate term, and (C) motor control plus segmental exercises deliver
moderate to great pain decrease overall. Long term pain reducing
exercise recommendations have not been analyzed. (3) Another
aspect of exercise for neck and arm pain patients is the respiratory aspect. Neck
pain and forward head posture as seen in smartphone users
were discussed in a comparison study: control, routine
therapeutic exercise, (combined) routine therapeutic exercise with respiratory
exercises. At 8 weeks, the combined group had significant
differences in diaphragm muscle activation, respiratory balance, and number of
breaths. (4) Pain and breathing can be friends when performed
properly. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa works with each patient to determine
what exercises are most appropriate for each patient’s stage of pain
to improve each one’s condition.
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Adam
Propper on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes
The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management integration
and exercise to help with neck and arm pain.
Make your West Des Moines chiropractic
appointment now. We make a non-surgical treatment
plan with a combination of active exercise and passive care to assist
each of our neck pain patients in getting the relief they want each of
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