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Manipulation of the cervical spine or neck region is a common technique utilized by doctors of chiropractic for many patients complaining of neck, upper back, shoulder and arm pain, as well as headaches. Spinal decompression therapy is also a popular treatment method but must be administered by a experienced specialist.
Similar to the treatment for many conditions affecting the low back, chiropractic is considered as a first line of treatment for a range of cervical spine conditions.
The chiropractic treatment goals for cervical spine complaint management include (but are not limited to) some combination of:
These goals are usually accomplished by the use of a number of different approaches. The primary focus of this article is on chiropractic manipulation to fix spine problems.
Spinal pain can be a result of:
Patients should be advised that the application of this treatment approach only occurs after a full patient history, physical examination, review of past family social histories, and a thorough review of symptoms have been completed. Tests resulting from this process may include X-ray, CT, MRI, EMG/NCV, laboratory blood and urine analysis, referral to a specialist, and possibly more (depending on each individual case of spinal trauma).
Types of Chiropractic Manipulation
There are two general chiropractic manipulation approaches for cervical spine complaint (or spine pain)s:
Cervical spinal cord manipulation: often thought of as the traditional chiropractic adjustment, or a high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) technique
Cervical spinal cord mobilization: which is a more gentle or less forceful adjustment. Also described as low velocity, low amplitude (LVLA) technique moving the joint through a tolerable range of motion.
The combination of the various approaches varies from patient to patient depending on the specialist’s preferred techniques and preferences, the patient’s comfort and preferences, and the patient’s response to the treatment, as well as both past experience and observations made during the course of treatment.
Our Hayward chiropractors may also use adjunctive therapy to treat cervical spine complaints due to spine pain or spine injury. Typical adjunctive therapies may include massage, therapeutic heat and cold application as well as gentle stretching and strengthening exercises.