Neck and shoulder symptoms do not have to be dramatic to have a serious impact on our wellbeing. Throughout our lives, many of us accept intermittent periods of neck and shoulder pain as ‘just one of those things’. Yet a problem that starts as a nagging ache rarely stays that way, with statistics indicating that one-third of all neck and shoulder pain eventually develops into persistent and disabling symptoms.
An early visit to a qualified chiropractor can head off problems before they escalate through a course of gentle and targeted manipulation. A chiropractor will help you in two key ways. Firstly, they will give you a thorough and honest assessment of your problem, as well as a realistic prognosis for recovery and a coherent plan for long-term treatment. Secondly, they will work with you on proactive strategies to minimise the chances of the problem recurring in the future.
Don’t be afraid to check out your chiropractor’s credentials. Look out for the hallmarks of quality for the industry: all practising professionals have a legal obligation to register with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), while many are also accredited members of the British Chiropractic Association.
The moment a condition starts to limit your range of movement or interfere with your day-to-day activities, it’s time to think about getting professional help. And the earlier you speak to a chiropractor, the better your chances of a successful long-term recovery.