Here’s what research says about cervical manipulation (chiropractic adjustments) for neck pain:
Intervertebral Kinematics of the Cervical Spine Before, During and After High Velocity Low Amplitude Manipulation
The Spine Journal. 2018.
The lifetime prevalence of neck pain is estimated to be up to 70% and it is one of the most common symptoms reported in a primary care setting.
Cervical manipulation (i.e., an adjustment from a chiropractor) has been recommended as a primary treatment option by an ever increasing array of systematic reviews and practice guidelines due to its efficacy, safety, and high patient satisfaction.
This study is the first to quantify intervertebral kinematics before, during, and after a cervical manipulation. The researchers found facet gapping up to .9mm during the manipulation and multi-planar increases in range of motion post-manipulation.
A beneficial “side effect” noted by the research team was that the average reported pain was reduced by nearly 50%.
Quotes from the research on chiropractic treatment for improved range of motion and reduced neck pain:
“Several theories have been proposed as to the possible mechanisms by which spinal manipulation decreases pain and improves function, including; biomechanical changes in segmental facet joint motion,; psychological relaxation effect from personal interaction and/or manual contact by the provider; inhibition of ascending nociceptive (sensory) neural pathways, or reflex changes in muscle tone and motor neural pathways.”
“The novel and important findings of this study are that facet joint gapping occurs on the contralateral side of the targeted joint and adjacent motion segments during HVLA manipulation, and that intervertebral range of motion significantly increases in all three planes of motion in the target and inferior adjacent motion segments after manipulation.”
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So your back hurts. Maybe you can’t even remember the last time it didn’t hurt. You’re popping Ibuprofen like they’re Skittles, and you’re wondering if you might get a little relief from yoga. Is it safe to practice yoga when your back hurts this much? Well, maybe....
PLANKS. Planks engage the abdominal muscles and back muscles, stabilizing the spinal column and mimicking proper lumbar alignment. To do them right and protect your back: Start on your forearms to avoid shoulder strain. Keep your abs tight the entire time. Do not let your back sag. Square your hips with the floor. Have someone take a picture or set up a timed photo/video so you can check whether your back is straight. This is a better way to confirm your posture than using a mirror, because the mirror requires you to twist your neck in the middle of the pose.
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