When people think of “Going to a Chiropractor”, images of lower back pain usually come to mind. And, rightfully so, as millions of people have found relief from lower back pain through Chiropractic care.
However, I honestly think that we, as a profession have even greater success treating individuals with neck pain.
A pilot study published in the December 2005 scientific journal, Clinical Chiropractic, showed that chiropractic helped subjects with neck pain. The study starts off by noting how common neck pain is by pointing out that more than 70% of people in the developed world will experience neck pain at some point in their lifetimes.
In this study, 21 people were divided into two groups. One group consisted of those who had neck pain for less than 7 weeks and the other group consisted of those with neck pain of more than 7 weeks duration. Outcomes were measured for values such as pain, disability, and perceptions of improvements in quality of life, as well as levels of anxiety and depression.
The 21 patients who completed the study all received a regime of chiropractic care. The results showed that in the group of those with neck pain for less than 7 weeks, all the subjects experienced a decrease in pain with 6 of the 7 reporting a “significant” improvement. In the group with neck pain of longer than 7 weeks, 12 of the 14 participants experienced improvement.
Researchers summed up the results by stating, “The results demonstrate a positive effect for chiropractic on symptoms of neck pain. The more chronic the presentation, the more treatments were required to achieve asymptomatic status.”