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Neck Specialist in Melbourne

Neck pain is more common than one may think. A 2012 study found that 70% of the population are likely to suffer neck pain at some point of their lives (1). Another study found that of adults aged 45 -75 yrs of age, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 5 men have recurrent neck pain. It is something that is common and is becoming an ever increasing occurrence. At My Health Chiro, we offer neck pain treatment in Melbourne to alleviate pain and help you live your life to the fullest.

Causes of Neck Pain

By far, the most common cause of neck pain is due to the effects of poor posture. We find that our lifestyles are becoming increasingly more sedentary, with more and more hours spent at a desk in front of a computer, on our phones, or slouched on a couch watching TV.

In order to understand the link between neck pain and poor posture, we need to understand why spinal alignment is so important. Our neck specialist in Melbourne will happily explain to you how these things work in your consultation.

Our spine is very well designed and has 3 curves that work together to create shock absorbance, and more importantly, structural integrity to support our head and limbs. Our neck is made up of 7 vertebras which are aligned in a specific way to help balance and support your head, which weighs roughly 5kg. It is vital for our necks to have a proper curve.

If we lose the curvature in our neck, our heads sit more forward in relation to our shoulders and increase the strain to the joints and ligaments of our neck. Studies have shown that for every 5cms our head is more forward, it effectively doubles the weight of our head and strain on the neck! This is the kind of information a neck specialist in Melbourne can share with you to help alleviate your neck pain.

Neck pain can lead to:

  • Chronic tension in neck and shoulder muscles
  • Increased tension and stretching of the spinal cord
  • Conditions such as headaches, jaw pain (TMJ dysfunction), postural fatigue syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, disc bulges, osteoarthritis, dizziness/vertigo start to develop
  • Poor balance (2), poor breathing patterns (3), poor self-image and depression (4)

By restoring the essential curve in the neck, we can reverse the symptoms associated with neck pain and ensure they don’t return.

 

References

  1. Bronfort G, Evans R, Anderson AV, Svendsen KH, Bracha Y, Grimm RH. Spinal Manipulation, Medication, or Home Exercise With Advice for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain:A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156:1-10.
  2. Kang J-H, Park R-Y, Lee S-J, Kim J-Y, Yoon S-R, Jung K-I. The Effect of The Forward Head Posture on Postural Balance in Long Time Computer Based Worker.Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2012;36(1):98-104.
  3. Han J, Park S, Kim Y, Choi Y, Lyu H. Effects of forward head posture on forced vital capacity and respiratory muscles activity.Journal of Physical Therapy Science. 2016;28(1):128-131.
  4. Wilkes C et al. Upright Posture Improves Affect and Fatigue in People with Depressive Symptoms. J Behav Ther Exp Psychiatry. 2017 Mar;54:143-149.
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Neck Pain Treatment in Melbourne

To effectively treat neck pain, we have to look deeper than just the pain. Pain is generally the “check engine light”. It tells us there is an underlying issue.

When you come to our chiropractic clinic for neck pain treatment in Melbourne, we first assess you to see whether we can help. If we determine we can help, we ensure no stone is left unturned and get a really clear picture of the condition of your spine. We’ll determine what the best course of treatment is for you. If you could benefit from something else, we’ll get you to the person who can help. We won’t waste your time or your money.

Chiropractic adjustments are an essential part of your treatment. Chiropractic adjustments improve the function of nerves that supply muscles, ligaments and surrounding tissues. Your adjustments restore movement to your spinal joints and restore the healthy curve back to your neck. By improving this, we can also restore function to your muscles and relieve them of the need to spasm.

As posture is a fundamental component to address in neck pain treatment in Melbourne, exercises are an essential part of improvement. Rehabilitative stretching and strengthening to help correct the resultant musculoskeletal weakness are keys to ensuring long term correction. Altering lifestyle stressors like workstation setup and postural advice for your activities are also useful for neck pain treatment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When looking for a neck specialist in Melbourne, people often have questions about the proposed treatment. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions we get.

  • Are Chiropractic adjustments safe?

    The New Zealand Government’s Inquiry found that chiropractic care is “remarkably safe” (1). Chiropractic enjoys an outstanding safety record. This is due to the fact that the approach does not use drugs or invasive methods such as surgery.

    In relation to the treatment of neck and back pain, studies have shown that a course of chiropractic care was 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs (2). So rest assured, you are in safe hands.

    So rest assured, you are in safe hands.

    1. Chiropractic in New Zealand: Report of the Commission of Inquiry. (1979). Hasselberg PD, Government Printer, Wellington, New Zealand
    2. Dabbs,V., & Lauretti,W.J. (1995). A Risk Assessment of Cervical Manipulation vs NSAIDs for the Treatment of Neck Pain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 18(8), 530-536
  • I think My Problem is Muscular, Can Chiropractic Help?

    Yes it can! A muscular problem is often caused by nerve irritation at the spine. The muscles can spasm and tighten where they connect to the nerves. As the most common cause of neck pain is due to poor curvature of the neck, muscle pain is a result of the strain to the nerves. After a chiropractic adjustment, the nerves usually go back to functioning well, and the muscles relax. Soft tissue techniques can go further to address muscle pain. In addition, we have a referral network we can draw upon if you need further help. If you’re looking for a neck specialist in Melbourne, a reputable chiropractor is a good place to begin.

  • Will a Neck Adjustment Hurt, and is it Safe to Adjust my Neck?

    Chiropractic adjustments are performed by chiropractors who are expertly trained in assessing and treating the spine. Chiropractors study for 5 years and have extensive experience on how best to treat the spine, meaning you’ll be in the best hands possible to be treating your spine and neck.

    Your neck specialist in Melbourne will conduct an examination and formulate a plan of treatment that is best for you and your health. We will always explain to you what will be involved in your treatment before beginning. There are many ways we can treat your neck, so if you prefer a manual adjustment or a low force adjustment using an activator, our first priority is your comfort and requests. Adjustments are a high velocity, low amplitude force that is specifically applied to the spine. Adjustments tend to surprise rather than hurt patients.

    Chiropractic has a very good safety record. As mentioned above, a Governmental Inquiry in New Zealand deemed chiropractic as remarkably safe. It’s noted as being 250 times safer than a course of anti-inflammatory drugs. So if you want a neck pain treatment in Melbourne that is very safe and effective, book in at My Health Chiro.

  • How many visits will it take?

    It is hard to say exactly how many visits will be necessary for neck pain treatment in Melbourne because it is different for each individual. Each person has their own health conditions that need to be addressed, and they may need different methods for healing and alleviating pain. At My Health Chiro, we create a personalised treatment plan for you, answer all your questions on how long the treatment will take, and explain anything else you need to know to get the most out of it.

  • What if Chiropractic Care Doesn’t Help?

    If your neck pain treatment in Melbourne doesn’t provide the results you’re looking for, we will aim to find out why. We want to aid you to find the help you need, whether it’s with us or one of our highly respected referral partners. We don’t believe in wasting people’s time or money. If we can help you, we will, and if we can’t, we will help you find someone who can.

  • Can I Refer a Family Member or a Friend?

    Is a friend or family member looking for a neck specialist in Melbourne? If you’ve been happy with our services, perhaps you’d like to refer friends and relatives to our chiropractic clinic. We appreciate referrals.

    We are located in Maribyrnong, and are most convenient for people living in the following suburbs: Maribyrnong, Maidstone, Footscray, Aberfeldie, Essendon and Ascot Vale. We are happy to take on new clients or even refer your acquaintances to a respected chiropractor closer to their location.

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If you’re looking for a neck specialist in Melbourne, our chiropractic clinic is a great place to start your wellness journey. Our chiropractic neck pain treatment in Melbourne works to alleviate symptoms such as pain and discomfort by treating the patient holistically. Book in today for your free initial consultation by calling (03) 9317 8913.