Ask Your Physical Therapist: Chiropractic, pills, shots don’t help with neck pain – Carlisle Sentinel

17August 2020

In my practice, I've seen many clients with neck discomfort who have tried shots, pills, rest and chiropractic treatment without any benefit. The good news is that there are reasons why these treatments fail, and there is something that has exceptional success in fixing neck discomfort and

signs that come along with it. The reasons tablets, shots and the rest do not work long-lasting is due to the fact that they are not dealing with the reason that the neck discomfort is occurring in the very first place. So, while these treatments can be practical temporarily given that they attend to the signs you are having, long-lasting, they are not repairing what's triggering the neck discomfort.

Likewise, chiropractic treatment can be valuable initially for some individuals, but it is just resolving part of the reason for the neck pain– which is why many individuals who receive chiropractic treatments wind up seeing their chiropractic physician for months or years, and then ultimately the chiropractic treatments lose their effectiveness.

The reason for this is that numerous chiropractic specialists attend to incorrect alignment of the neck vertebra by requiring the vertebra back into position (breaking your neck). While this can be practical, the problem is that the muscles along your spinal column were made to support the alignment of your spine.

So, if you continuously require the vertebra into position, however do not reinforce the muscles that keep the spine in the position in which it was developed to be, the positioning of the vertebra simply keeps coming out of position. This is why you see people that utilize chiropractic services return for months or years of treatment and lastly discover that even that no longer assists their neck discomfort.

Physical treatment takes a different approach. We examine your neck and surrounding locations to discover what muscles are tight, which ones are weak, along the spinal column, as well as what vertebra in the neck run out position. We remedy the vertebra alignment in the neck (much like chiropractic care) but then we manually extend the muscles that are tight along the spinal column, and restore strength to the muscles that are weak along the spinal column and surrounding locations.

Bring back the versatility and strength to the muscles that support the neck/spine is actually what keeps the neck vertebra in location. This keeps you from having to come back to see your physiotherapist for months or years; you should be done with physical treatment within 4-8 weeks, and after that as long as you keep up with the workout you are provided, you should not require to keep returning for physical therapy for months or years.

If you are tired of suffering with neck discomfort for months or years and are prepared to eliminate it, call today for your individually totally free screen at 717-245-0400. Among our expert therapists will listen to the problems you are having and tell you the next best action to take to resolve your neck discomfort now!

For more details on how to see your physiotherapist first and get back to doing the things you need, desire and love to do, visit our site at, where you will discover details about knee, back, foot, neck and shoulder discomfort.

Steve Miller is the owner of Cardin and Miller Physical Therapy, which focuses on helping people ages 35 to 70-plus. His column will appear bi-monthly in the Thrive section of the Sentinel and on


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