(Closed) Advice: Cervical Pain + Cracking + Headaches

posted 5 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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trickytreat:  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
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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 # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I have found that an ice pack around my neck really helps bring the inflammation down & reduces the pain & headache.

Post # 8
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  • Wedding: May 2014

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trickytreat:  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
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Busy bee

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. 

 

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