A pain in the neck
A pain in the neck… it’s more than just an expression. It is the daily reality of thousands of people who suffer from neck and shoulder injuries that can result in headaches, shooting pains, cramps and spasms, limited mobility and decreased productivity.
But even without an injury, the neck and shoulders are prime areas where people store their tension. Dr. Glen Nathan of Mighty Chiro is seeing a lot of IT people, lawyers and dentists but also a lot of super moms, gym rats and people who want to feel better but always have chronic neck and shoulder pain and want to keep it loose to feel better.
“I talk to them and see what their lifestyle is like, what kind of food they eat, what vitamins they take, what their energy level is. I look at their breathing, their posture and I’ll ask them what they have done for it in the past. I see patients who have been to other doctors and they are here because they have not gotten the results they wanted.”
“Then I will start the physical exam which is a chiropractic, orthopedic, neurological exam checking muscle balance, range of motion, joint integrity, and muscle tension in the neck and shoulder, cervical spine, thoracic spine, both shoulders, elbows, hands. I’ll see where the key areas are and I’ll find where the causes are. I then show them a great app on my i-pad that explains what is going on. I show them where the muscles are, where the nerves are, where the tension is. My approach is to make a correction, not just just give them five minutes of relief.”
“In many of the cases I have seen, the best results are when a significant muscular component is causing the chronic tension. So I identify that and know from experience that a simple adjustment, will only make it feel better for about 5 minutes and that will be the end. So my approach is to make the correction on the muscular level with various techniques such as acupressure, myofacial release techniques, different types of massage and other physical modalities, prior to making the adjustment, So I’ll do that to get the body to where I need it to be and many times, 80% is already done by the time I do the adjustment. So once I prep the body and get it ready, not only is it very effective but I can get a better correction because I start a process to reprogram the muscles.”
“It’s all about energy. There is so much that goes on that is not conveyed in the spoken word. I can see when they get off the table that I made a change from the time they came in to the time they go out. I don’t have to say,'How does that feel? Do you feel better?’ Because I know it. They know. But they will be the first ones to say 'Wow! I can move better or I can do this, I can do that.' So I let them do the talking.
“The neck and shoulder are the origination point and insertion point for large groups of muscles so there is a lot of energy and a lot of motion coming from those areas to the neck and shoulders. They are overworked and underserved and not maintained as they should. So it is common that what starts out as sore muscles or a strain doesn’t heal properly and turns into chronic spasms and limited motion over time.”
“And once that is solved and people begin to feel better, they want to come back to stay in balance and feel good. People come back to us, even when they don’t have a complaint. They feel better and they want to stay that way!”