Neck pain with or without arm pain is one of the most common reasons to visit a chiropractor. However, many avoid seeking care for some time or wait until their pain becomes unbearable, hoping somehow that the pain will simply disappear. While in some cases the pain and discomfort does in fact go away, in a great number of those cases, it eventually resurfaces. Fortunately, most cases of neck pain can be successfully managed in a safe, non-invasive way. Some of the methods of care utilized by chiropractors include manual therapy and exercise. A recent study comparing manual physical therapy and exercise to passive care consisting of basic advice, mobility exercise and ultrasound found manual therapy and exercise superior. It’s important to note that most chiropractic care is hands on and does not simply consist of passive-type therapies such as ultrasound, although in certain cases this can be useful. In fact, one of the reasons many prefer chiropractic care is the hands on, attentive nature of chiropractic care. If you haven’t tried chiropractic care for your neck pain, as well as other aches and pains, or, for your overall health/wellness needs, we urge you to call your local chiropractor today. Chiropractic care is natural, non-invasive and extremely safe.
While many have specific reasons when starting an exercise program, the original reason behind initiating an exercise program may not be enough to sustain exercising long-term. New research indicates that similar to yo-yo dieting, many who start exercising have a difficult time sticking to exercising in a long-term fashion. For example, individuals who purchased home exercise equipment had a 73 percent increased likelihood they would start exercising as compared with those who did not. However, these same individuals were no more likely to be actively exercising at the one-year mark as compared with those who had not purchased any form of home exercise equipment. Thus, there may need to be reasons to maintain an exercise program that differ from those reasons that got one started in the first place. First and foremost and similar to successful weight loss, exercising really needs to be viewed as a lifestyle change with constant attention to maintaining the program. If unrealistic exercising goals and methods are implemented early on, there is little chance of maintaining this into the future. Exercise must be properly planned and must be realistically integrated into one’s lifestyle to ensure long-term success.