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reforger2002
01-13-2019, 09:34 AM
I forgot my computer glasses and ended up working a 10+ hour day - by the end of the day my neck was killing me.

that was just over two weeks ago. I still have neck pain on the left side the sometimes radiates down to the right shoulder, Sometimes when I move my neck I can feel it clicking or popping. It hasn't really resolved much.


I could see my reg doc to then see a ortho doc. Or I could just schedule to see a chiropractor. I'm tempted to see the chiro - thoughts?

Pain is not bad just annoying as hell.

Steven Spaugh
01-13-2019, 10:14 AM
I'm not a doctor, but I played one as a boy.

Many times, what you are experiencing, is a strain issue. Most likely the muscles, and/or tendons, are strained. I would suggest stretching. Sit in a chair, and grasp the seat of the chair with one hand. Take the other hand, grab the back of your head, p
oint your chin down to the opposite foot,
and stretch the neck. Hold for at least 30 seconds. Do this for both sides. You will probably feel things relax. You can also grab the head to pull your ear to your shoulder. Go as far as you can, and hold for 30 seconds.

My chiro told me that I can repeat these as often as I like. It works for me.

Or...you could go to YouTube for your medical needs. I typed in, "Neck stretches for neck pain".

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor of anything. Try any of this at your own risk.

IANative
01-13-2019, 11:03 AM
Along the lines of what Stephen said above, my chiropractor got my neck relaxed and adjusted, then showed me similar exercises to keep the next stretched and prevent further issues. Huge fan of a good chiropractor.

Brent Yamamoto
01-13-2019, 12:53 PM
The key being “a good chiropractor”. I can almost guarantee you will need to see a few before you can evaluate what makes a good one.

I strongly recommend massage as well. Sometimes you need a chiropractor, and sometimes you just need a massage. The thing about massage is that even a so-so massage therapist will do you some good.

Scheduling is always challenging but ideally get a massage before your chiropractic adjustment.

JimD
01-13-2019, 02:03 PM
As Brent said, "good" is the operative word. One time mine was sore like yours and the chiropractor told me to roll up a towel and place it under my kneck while laying down on a bed, with your head extending a little bit past the end of the bed. Lay like that for a couple minutes, and it did help.

reforger2002
01-13-2019, 05:14 PM
thanks gents

mattmann
01-13-2019, 09:08 PM
All this was great advice. I know when Iím sore from heavy deadlifts or squats, a hot bath with epsom salt REALLY helps relax the muscles. I can definitely tell a big difference the next day when I do this. Most of the time if I am worried about a pain and not knowing if itís muscle or bone, I get in a hot shower and do whatever movement is causing the pain. Typically the muscle pain isnít present when that area is in the water. Bone however will hurt no matter what. Just my redneck science. [emoji23][emoji23]


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Jeff22
01-14-2019, 04:06 AM
Brent's advice is very good -- a good deep tissue massage before a chiropractic adjustment can be a wonderful thing.

I've been wearing a gun belt at work every night for 35+ years and, despite the fact I've gained some weight and am somewhat out of shape, it has NEVER bothered my lower back. Just lucky I guess.

I was the co-pilot when a friend rolled a Pontiac Fiero back in the fall of 1984. That knocked some stuff in my upper spine out of alignment. I didn't really have any lasting effects other than occasional stiffness, but an exam revealed a potential problems. Four months of going to the chiropractor three times a week was expensive but everything is lined back up again now.

I developed a mild but persistent case of bursitis in my left knee about eighteen months ago. The chiropractor has begun some different adjustments on my knee and hips and the bursitis is now gone. Within their proper realm, a chiropractor can be pretty useful.

Blade Doc
01-14-2019, 07:38 PM
An osteopathic doctor or D.O. is a viable alternative, in my experience, to chiropractors. They are medical doctors that do chiropractic like body manipulations. They can prescribe medicine, do surgeries etc.. I dislocated my knee, I was on crutches for about two months. I went to a D.O. and 50 minutes later, after tendon and muscle manipulations, I walked out of the office, no crutches.

mross
01-16-2019, 10:57 AM
I know it may sound weird and possibly dangerous (had to say that as a disclaimer) when my neck acts up I do bridging. I do a full on wrestlers bridge with the tip of my nose on the ground. I'm a desk jockey so I get that computer cramp from time to time. The bridge works also does wonders for the back. If that is too extreme, laying on a yoga ball and letting your head hang down works as well.

Pachucko01
01-16-2019, 09:11 PM
I know it may sound weird and possibly dangerous (had to say that as a disclaimer) when my neck acts up I do bridging. I do a full on wrestlers bridge with the tip of my nose on the ground. I'm a desk jockey so I get that computer cramp from time to time. The bridge works also does wonders for the back. If that is too extreme, laying on a yoga ball and letting your head hang down works as well.

Not strange, Iíve found the same thing. I have to support some with my hands though, not quite as flexible or strong as Iíd like to be.


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reforger2002
01-17-2019, 05:24 PM
Well got into the chiro - she had her massage guy work on my neck - I think this dude moonlights for the CIA extracting information - doc then came in used fancy sand bag pillows to 'put in a neutral position' not quite good as new but way better

Ghost1976
01-17-2019, 11:21 PM
I'd definitely recommend seeing an Advanced Certified Rolfer. Much better at permanently fixing posture than a chiropractor. If you Google Rolfers in your area, they should come up. Unfortunately, as in all fields, you have a lot of them who aren't worth the money, then you get a few who are really good. I was lucky to find one in the Chicago area who does fantastic work.

I have a good friend who is an Advanced Certified Rolfer and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. If you let me know what state and city you live in, I can ask him if he knows any he can recommend. They usually have some idea about other Rolfers.

C.J. Singleton
01-18-2019, 11:06 AM
I've had good luck with Chiropractic care 7 years ago I was traveling home between the driving and sleeping wrong on an uncle's couch I jammed something up so bad I couldn't lift my arm and when I would breath it fealt like I was getting stabbed.

I went to my Mom's Chiropractor he had me lay on an industrial massage table for 15 minutes then he went to cracking on me 20 minutes after I left it was like I never had the problem.

4 years ago between work, bad habits, flying to St Louis then driving all the way back to Louisiana spending a long day at the range zeroing a bunch of rifles some of them heavy kickers I ended up only being able to hold my head in one position without unbearable pain I could not tilt my head back at all.

Went to the Chiro he had me come in every day for a week between adjustments and tens unit therapy I could move my head again.

My baseline for a good chiro is if they don't do Xrays before touching you find another.

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03-05-2019, 02:41 AM
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