Complementary Treatments For Neck Pain To Consider

When you struggle with neck pain, either chronically or from an injury, you may find yourself wondering what you can do to deal with your discomfort. There are many conventional treatment options available including pain medications, physical therapy, and even surgery. However, if you are currently taking medications and/or doing physical therapy, you may looking for additional options. Complementary treatments can help to treat neck pain and can even enhance conventional treatments. Get to know some of the complementary treatment options available for your neck pain so you can discuss them with your doctor and give them a chance as soon as possible. 

Chiropractic Care

One of the options available to help you with your neck pain is chiropractic care. This form of treatment focuses on the musculoskeletal system, primarily on the spine. The chiropractor will talk to you about your issues and may request x-rays or other scans before they begin a treatment program with you. 

Once they do decide on a treatment program, they will perform spinal adjustments by gently manipulating (moving) the body and the joints. Treatments can include pressure on certain places and stretching motions. The idea is to get the spinal column back into proper alignment, which can alleviate neck pain. 

Massage Therapy

Another option you may want to consider is getting a massage (or a few massages). Massage therapy focuses primarily on muscular pain. And while your neck pain may be originally from the vertebrae in your neck, injuries to this area can also cause muscle tension throughout the neck and back.

If you have your doctor's blessing (to ensure massage will not do any damage to the affected part of your neck), you should schedule a massage to help relieve this muscle pain. You will be surprised how much this can lessen your pain load as well as help you to relax and rest. 

Reiki or Other Energy Healing

Many spiritual systems hold the idea that the human body (along with everything else) is made up of unseen energy forces. The energies in the body ebb and flow and are meant to keep the body running and healthy. However, external and internal factors can affect one's energy which can lean to pain and other health and life issues. 

There are energy healing practices that are designed to help with those issues. One such popular option is Reiki. Reiki healing involves the passing of energy from the energy healer, through the palms of their hands, to the person seeking healing. This can be done with the hands on or off the body. This energy helps to improve the life force of the body and is meant to heal the body/mind or at least speed up the healing process. 

Similar treatments using slightly different methodologies include Access Bars (also known as Access Consciousness Bars), EFT, acupuncture and acupressure, chakra healing, and more. These treatments all involve the movement and oftentimes, the transfer of energy. 

Now that you know some of the complementary treatment options that can help you with your neck pain, you can schedule your appointments and give them a try as soon as possible.