Head and Neck Pain

While not as prevalent as back pain, neck and head pain still affect a large percentage of the aging population. And similar to the back, tissues of the cervical spine undergo degenerative changes which accumulate over time eventually giving rise to headaches, neck pain and stiffness, as well as dizziness and balance problems.

The Chiropractic Approach To Neck and Head Pain In The Elderly

doubleangle 666 5pxblock lrThe chiropractic approach to treating neck and head pain follows a "holistic" type course. The chiropractor is concerned with the patient's personal health goals. This plays an important role in designing an effective treatment plan which results in the wanted outcome. While evaluating the patients health disorder, the cause as well as all contributing factors which lead to the development of the condition will be sought. Once determined, this information will be combined with the health goals of the individual in order to design the safest and most successful treatment plan. There will also be a careful evaluation to rule out more serious causes of neck and head pain in the aging; tumors, temporal arteritis, infection, etc.

The treatments utilized by chiropractors do not include drugs or surgery. Instead, safe and natural noninvasive methods of healing are utilized. These include spinal adjustive techniques, physiotherapies, soft tissue therapies, exercise and stretching programs, diet and nutritional counseling, and lifestyle modifications. As stated above, these therapies are directed towards the root cause of the health condition. The result is safe, effective long-term relief as well as the overall optimization of health and wellness. Treatments which focus solely on symptomatic relief are short lived, ineffective, and lead to patient frustration and dissatisfaction.