Post # 1
HAPPY FRIDAY!! Woot woot!!
Honestly, my Friday could be going better than it is. It’s my husband’s birthday and I have already started my day with a massive headache which means I’ll probably go home and try to nap my pain away when I want to take DH out for dinner!!!
I have been experiencing cervical pain for the past three years or so. I am a surgical veterinary technician and a student, so I am constantly looking down between work and school. Both my job and student life are VERY stressful, and I have rock hard shoulders that cause tension headaches to the point where I cannot function. 🙁 I started going to a chiropractor to relieve this awful tension. They tell me each time I go in how horrible my tension is and they fix it by adjusting my neck and putting electro acupuncture on my shoulders to get my muscles to overstimulate and tire out so they relax. The thing is I have to go in every few months and Im not getting to the root of the problem.
I know its not good for my neck, but when I feel tension in my neck I automatically turn my head to pop it (I don’t force it with my hand or anything, just turn my head at sort of a diagonal) and I pop my neck to get temporary relief. I don’t want to be put on muscle relaxers at the age of 24.
Anyone have experience in this or some suggestion of what to do next? Thanks!!
Post # 2
I have the same issue. Seeing my chrioprator every couple of weeks at first as well as a massage therapist helped.
I now only need to see her every 8 weeks or so and I still see my massage therapist every 4 weeks (partly because it’s a great way to just relax). She has said she’s seen a huge improvement in the tension and I’m feeling 1000 times better.
If I feel it coming on (if I’ve had a really long few days in a row or it’s been a long time since my chiro) I’ll take an Aleve with 2 Extra Stength Tylenol and use a warm magic bag. Seems to keep the pain away – the trick is getting it before it gets bad.
Post # 3
See a physical therapist. They will combine manual therapy and exercises to treat your pain and hopefully find a permanent solution. They likely will try to reduce your pain first and then try to target your weak or shortened muscles through therapeutic exercises that you will eventually be able to perform at home. PTs can also give suggestions for erganomics.
Post # 4
I should have mentioned my Chiro is also certified in other therapies and offers more of a rounded treatment plan than just 5 minutes pop my neck and off I go. My appointments are 30-45 minutes and really focus on relaxing the muscles to relieve the tension – based on what you’ve siad it sounds like you’re seeing a more modern Chiro as well.
Post # 5
So it went away with time by continuing to see your chiro at specified times? I tend to go when I get headaches. Maybe that’s my problem too. A massage every few months would be fantastic. Do you have any suggestions on how to find good deals for a package of messages? Do you always go to the same place and go to Groupon or anything?
Seriously every time I go to the chiropractor, they pop my neck and don’t give me advice on how to PREVENT it better. It’s always, “Oh, come back when you begin experiencing tension and headaches!” Well that’s not solving the problem!!! I think a PT might be a good idea. I wasn’t sure if I should go to the doctor, continue at the chiropractor or what to do next.
Post # 6
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Sounds like the chiro is fixing the symptoms, not the problem. I’d be seeing a physiotherapist I think, to try and solve the underlying problem not just treat the symptoms.
Post # 7
I have found that an ice pack around my neck really helps bring the inflammation down & reduces the pain & headache.
Post # 8
I have a great chiro and massage therapist who focus on fixing the problem not making the symptoms go away.
You do need to keep ahead of it to actually fix it. In lucky that I have insurance that covers chiro and massage so I’ve never looked for deals but you want a real therapeutic massage not just a spa relaxation massage.
Post # 9
I have this a lot. The only thing that works for me is dry needling (like a deep accupuncture). Luckily I found an excellent practitioner. My chiro was unable to fit the problem, nor was my normal physio. I get rapid relief when I have a dry needling session. It’s pretty painful but so effective.