Neck Spasms are one of the worst nagging symptoms of chronic neck pain. We know how terrible a neck spasm can be. It has the ability to stop your day completely. Many times a neck spasm creates lingering pain and even radiating headaches. In this article, we are going to share 3 treatment options that will help reduce and get rid of nagging neck spasms.
A crucial thing to do when treating a muscle spasm of any kind is to relax the area. Although there are many ways to relax muscles the best way is massage therapy. There are massage therapy techniques, such as myofascial release, that are extremely effective at pinpointing and relaxing muscle spasms.
Relaxing the neck through a treatment such as massage therapy is crucial to stopping the spasms. The root issue of the spasms can further be treated with a therapy care such as chiropractic care or physical therapy. Here at Underwood Healthcare we prep the neck, and other pained body parts, for these therapies and cares through massage therapy. This helps to relax the muscles in the area such as the neck so that further treatment methods can be as effective as possible.
When we are discussing neck spasm and muscles there are many things going on in the neck. The nervous system’s motherboard, the brain stem, is located right at the upper neck. If you have read any of our previous blogs you’ll know that the musculoskeletal and nervous system have an intricate and close relationship.
Because of the relationship between the musculoskeletal and nervous system, the chiropractic adjustment has the ability to stimulate healing through a neurological event. This means that if you have been having neck spasms or some sort of nerve irritation, a chiropractic adjustment can help stimulate healing in the region. With neck spasms we also prefer to use a relaxation therapy such as massage to relax the area. Once the area is relaxed and the spasms have stopped a chiropractic adjustment is a perfect technique to stimulate healing. Then we prefer to use protocols in physical therapy to help the patient strengthen the area to avoid future injury and pain.
If you have never had physical therapy you could be confused on how it could help you with your neck spasms. Well physical therapy, when done correctly, actually entails much more than what is normally thought of.
Physical therapy should not only bring an injured patient back to a normal pain free life but also should help the patient strengthen the area to help avoid further pain. When an area has sustained injury or inflammation it is important that the area start to be fortified and strengthened for the future.
This involves doing strength exercises and stretches during physical therapy and at home. Getting your musculoskeletal system healthy and strong is a lifestyle. Unfortunately not enough providers portray this to patients. When a patient stops exercising and stretching when they leave the clinic, their healing process stops as well. This is why at Underwood Healthcare we are constantly creating videos and informational blogs such as this one for not only our patients but for anyone.
If you or someone you know experiences neck spasms, be sure to share this blog and point them in the direction of our youtube. If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions regarding neck spasms or any other type of musculoskeletal pain, feel free to give us a call here at Underwood Healthcare.