When the tendons, muscles, and ligaments in your neck or upper back are overly extended, this can result in soft tissue neck strain. Colloquially, it’s often referred to as whiplash, but it can go by many other diagnoses as well. Overexertion and damage to your soft tissue can limit your range of motion. It may also be associated with an annoying, low level of constant pain, or cause muscles spasms and chronic strain.
If you believe you’re suffering from soft tissue damage, it’s a wise idea to see a medical professional before symptoms get worse. The trained team at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, NC has helped patients mitigate soft tissue damage from a variety of traumatic events, including car accidents. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) and proven methodologies – like myofascial release therapy – we seek to deliver relief to sufferers of soft tissue conditions.
What is causing your neck strain?
Tendons connect muscles to bones in your neck. When these tendons are suddenly extended, they are liable to be damaged via tearing or straining. This results in inflammation and pain that may make it difficult to turn your head. Neck strains are typically associated with;
- Sports injury;
- Text neck;
- Stiff neck;
- Poor posturing;
- Muscle spasms.
Soft tissue neck and back injuries vary widely in severity and cause. Your neck strain may be temporary and clear up after a couple of days or with light intervention such as changing your pillow or altering your posture. But if it persists, then it’s time to see the professionals.
Your CBP-trained chiropractor will likely use radiographic imaging such as X-rays to determine the extent of the damage. Pinpointing the problem is the first step toward resolving it, and can reveal the true extent of spinal conditions.
Effective treatment for soft tissue injuries
You may think taking prescription painkillers or over-the-counter drugs is a good enough solution to quelling neck pain. You pop the pill and the pain goes away. But over time, it takes more and more pills to produce the same effect. This can lead to a painkiller addiction. Not to mention all the side effects that come with using these drugs.
Chiropractic takes a different, more holistic approach. Your chiropractor’s intention is to restore your long-term health and mobility through the use of a variety of tools and modalities. They may recommend therapeutic massage or heat therapy to relax key muscle groups, or physical therapy to strengthen damaged tissue. Specific stretches can be very helpful in resolving neck injuries. Or, if a soft-tissue problem requires deeper remediation, myofascial trigger and release could be recommended.
If you have a neck injury that isn’t going away, it’s time to see a chiropractor. Whether it’s from an unfortunate car accidents] or simply poor posture over time, a chiropractor will have the insight needed to put you on the road to wellness.
The seasoned team at Graybar Chiropractic are your Wilmington, NC experts in restoring and maintaining spinal health. Contact us today for a free consultation or to learn more about our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach and how it can be leveraged to treat soft tissue strain.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.