Does Chiropractic Care Increase Stroke Risk?

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Is your head spinning with thoughts about chiropractic adjustment, arterial dissection, and stroke?

Some people are terrified of getting chiropractic adjustments for neck pain as they have heard horror stories about arteries being dissected or torn and how chiropractic techniques can cause strokes. Is there any merit to these claims or are they simply urban myths? The complicated studies carried out into the association between chiropractic and stroke make it difficult to assess your level of risk and in some cases it seems that the dissection could be the cause of neck pain that prompts that visit to the chiro in the first place. Read more

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Neck Pain Relief Device Recalled – ShoulderFlex Massager Poses Risk of Strangulation.

The FDA recalled a neck pain relief device recently after reports that the neck massager posed a serious risk of death or injury. The ShoulderFlex Massager was recalled by its manufacturer back in August 2011 but the Food and Drug Administration is concerned that many of those who bought the device remain unaware of its potential risks, including the risk of strangulation when using the device for neck pain or back pain whilst lying down. Read more

Stiff Neck Pain Treatment Using Muscle Relaxants

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Muscle relaxants may help where massage, heat therapy, and NSAIDs have failed.

Physicians increasingly prescribe muscle relaxants for chronic neck pain, but have they informed you of the potential side-effects of these drugs, or considered all possible causes of your neck pain before handing over a hastily scribbled prescription?

In this post we’ll take a quick look at some of the more commonly prescribed muscle relaxants for neck pain and back pain, discuss their uses, side-effects, and possible interactions, and offer brief guidance on staying safe when using muscle relaxants for chronic pain. Read more

Chronic Neck Pain – Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment Using Mindfulness Training

chronic neck pain relief mindfulness training for rheumatoid arthritisCoping with chronic neck pain may be made easier with mindfulness training if we generalize the results of a recent pilot study into the use of the therapy for patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. The randomized study found that group-therapy using mindfulness techniques helped patients manage daily symptoms of chronic joint pain more effectively and reduced feelings of stress in comparison to the control group. What does ‘mindfulness’ mean though, and how can you incorporate it into your neck painmanagement regime? Read more

Is a Bone Spur in the Neck Always Painful?

Bone SpurThe name itself – bone spur – sounds like it would be a sharp, jutting protrusion that is sure to cause pain. On the contrary, though, bone spurs, also called osteophytes, are actually not very “spur like.” They tend to be smooth growths of bone attached to other bones, and usually occur at jointed areas that sustain a lot of rubbing and grinding. A common place for them to develop is on the sides and tops of toes when high heels are frequently worn, called “pump bumps.” The bones of the spine can also develop bone spurs, but since these are not visible like bone spurs on the toes, people generally don’t know they have spinal osteophytes unless the bony growths produce symptoms.
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Exercising with a Pinched Nerve in Your Neck

Pinched Nerve in the NeckIf a pinched nerve in your neck has been plaguing you and making some of your daily activities difficult or painful, your first instinct might be to take it easy and rest. While this can help for short periods of time, in most cases it is also extremely important to stay active when you’re managing a pinched nerve so that your body stays strong and limber. Too little activity can actually cause the muscles in your cervical spine (neck) to weaken, which can lead to stiffness and additional neck pain down the road.
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