New Study Says Exercise and Chiropractic care Are Better than Medicine Prescribed by your MD.
"Chronic pain" is an increasingly common affliction which impacts an estimated 76.5 million Americans annually, one-third of whom detail their pain as severe and "disabling". A large percentage suffer from neck pain, which ranks third as the most common type of pain according to the American Pain Foundation. Estimates say 70 percent of people suffer from neck pain during some point in their lives but study into effective treatments is astonishingly limited.
If you see a conventional physician for pain, there's about a 100 % likelihood you'll leave with a prescription for a behind the counter (BTC) version of either a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), or even an opioid based pharmaceutical drug such as Vicodin or OxyContin, as these are the regular therapy for pain in the regular western medical world.
However, there are far better choices than pharmaceuticals for neck pain, not only in terms of pain reduction, but also in helping to treat the root cause of the pain so that repair can truly occur.
New Study Shows Physical exercise and Chiropractic Care get better results than Drugs for Neck Pain
According to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and funded by the National Institutes of Health, prescription medecine is not the best option for treating neck pain.
After observing 272 neck-pain patients for 12 weeks, "those who used a chiropractor or exercise were better than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took prescription medication ".
• 32 percent who received chiropractic care became pain free.
• 30 percent of those who exercised became pain free.
• 13 percent of those treated with medicine became pain free.
"For participants with acute and subacute neck pain, SMT [spinal manipulation therapy] was more successful than drugs in both the short and long term. However, a few instructional sessions of HEA [home exercise with advice] resulted in similar outcomes at most time points."
Why Exercise is Important if You Have Neck Pain.
Exercise commonly leads to strengthened posture, range of motion and useful functionality of your body, it can help treat the underlying origin of your pain as well as help prevent chronic neck pain from developing in the first place. Exercise helps prevent and decrease pain through a number of mechanisms including building up key supporting muscles and reestablishing flexibility. Furthermore, the enhanced blood flow in the region helps in bringing increased oxygen and other important nutrients.
Repetitive stress injuries have become increasingly common as so many folks spend most of their work days sitting in front of computers. Computer work is associated with neck pain mainly originating from the trapezius muscle and most types of neck pain can be traced back to bad posture at work or during your commute.