Man­ual treat­ment bet­ter than painkillers

The Observer - - LIFE HEALTHY LIVING - DR MICHAEL OS­BORNE, CHI­RO­PRAC­TOR Dr Michael Os­borne is a chi­ro­prac­tor at Health Guard Well­ness, East Toowoomba, and a mem­ber of the Chi­ro­prac­tors’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia.

WE ALL know some­one who is a pain in the neck. Most of us know some­one who has a pain in the neck.

For those friends who aren’t pains in the neck, but do have pain in their neck, what do you sug­gest?

Typ­i­cally, the west­ern ap­proach to neck pain is to take an anti-in­flam­ma­tory drug or painkiller and hope that the prob­lem sorts it­self out rel­a­tively soon.

Some­times this ap­proach can work, how­ever, what you be­gin to re­alise is that in a case like this, the med­i­ca­tion isn’t fix­ing the prob­lem, but merely mask­ing it while your body at­tempts to cor­rect it on its own.

In­creas­ingly, peo­ple are turn­ing to meth­ods of re­solv­ing neck pain that don’t in­volve med­i­ca­tion.

The most treat­ments peo­ple are look­ing to are man­ual ther­a­pies such as mas­sage, chi­ro­prac­tic, phys­io­ther­apy, os­teopa­thy and Chi­nese medicine.

Each of these ther­a­pies takes a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to find­ing and ad­dress­ing the cause of your neck pain, rather than sim­ply hid­ing the pain.

Ad­di­tion­ally, there is research now show­ing man­ual ther­apy to be more ef­fec­tive than med­i­ca­tion at re­solv­ing neck pain.

Your lo­cal chi­ro­prac­tor is trained in as­sess­ing and cor­rect­ing dys­func­tional spinal joints that may be con­tribut­ing to neck pain.

As ex­perts in spinal joint move­ment, chi­ro­prac­tors un­der­stand the re­la­tion­ship be­tween good joint func­tion and a happy neck.

Next time a friend tells you their neck is a bit sore, don’t reach for the parac­eta­mol, but en­cour­age them to see a man­ual ther­a­pist, it’s what a friend would do.

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