When looking for ways to treat your chronic neck pain, you may get overwhelmed by all of the many options that are available to you. Still, it may get disheartening when you realize that many treatment methods involve taking medications that may have potentially very serious side effects, or even risky surgeries or other invasive procedures.
I have more than a few friends who have found themselves dealing with chronic neck pain, and most of them have actually been able to find significant pain relief by using all natural treatment methods. I’ve heard about many different ways to treat pain in an all natural manner, but I’ve noticed that two methods in particular are regularly cited by both experts and patients as a significant treatment option. I’m talking about chiropractic adjustments and traditional Chinese massages. In my curiosity to determine which method is better, or at least, what the differences between the two techniques are, I hit the internet and started to do some research, until I came across a great article by Chiro Nexus that expertly analyzes both chiropractic care and oriental massage techniques. I’m happy to share what I learned with you.
First, I think it’s helpful to look at the exact wording of the two techniques – there’s “manipulation” involved in chiropractic, as opposed to the presence of “massage” in oriental practices. Chiropractic manipulation involves using applied force from the hands to gently coax the spinal column back into its proper alignment. As the spinal column shifts back into its proper alignment, and remains in this position over the course of regular chiropractic treatments, the entire body will more than likely benefit from this. Inflammation will clear up in the soft tissues surrounding the spine, while the nervous system will be free and unhindered to communicate properly between the body and the spine.
Now, let’s look at the method and benefit of traditional Chinese massage; in particular, the specific technique known as Long’s technique.This method involves using the hands to apply pressure onto certain areas of the body in order to relieve pain. Scientific studies have shown that while Long’s massage technique is beneficial for relieving pain and discomfort in patients, it is still not entirely proven to fully treat neck pain specifically, as chiropractic care has. In conclusion, it would probably be for the best if you can get chiropractic and Chinese massage treatments on a regular basis.
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