Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise manipulation, or a neck adjustment, to improve joint mobility in the neck. This can restore the range of motion and reduce muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension. Neck manipulation, when performed by a skilled and well-educated professional (such as Dr. Childs!), is a remarkably safe procedure.
DCs are well-trained professionals who provide patients with safe, effective care for a variety of common conditions. Their extensive education has prepared them to identify patients with risk factors and to get those patients the most appropriate care. When talking to your chiropractor, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help ensure the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another healthcare provider.
In comparison to other treatments available for similar conditions, the risks of serious complications from adjustments for conditions such as neck pain and headache is very low. For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain—over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and prescription painkillers—are significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation. (According to the American Chiropractic Association.)