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New Study Says Exercise and Chiropractic care Are Better than Medicine Prescribed by your MD.
"Chronic pain" is an increasingly common ailment which impacts an estimated 76.5 million
Americans annually, one-third of whom describe their pain as acute and "disabling". A sizable
percentage suffer from neck pain, which rates third as the most common type of pain according to
the American Pain Foundation. Estimates say 70 percent of people will experience neck pain
during some point in their lives but research into effective treatments is surprisingly limited.
If you visit a conventional doctor for pain, there's about a 100 % chance you'll leave with a
prescription for a behind the counter (BTC) variation 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 conventional treatment option for pain in the
regular western medical world.
However, there are more suitable choices than pharmaceuticals for neck pain, not only in terms of
pain reduction, but also in helping to treat the underlying cause of the pain so that repair can
really occur.
New Study Shows Exercises 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 physical
activity were more than twice as likely to be pain free compared to those who took medication ".
Specifically:
• 32 percent who received chiropractic assistance became pain free.
• 30 percent of those who exercised became pain free.
• 13 percent of those treated with Pharmaceutical Drugs became pain free.

Researchers concluded:
"For individuals 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 often leads to strengthened posture, range of motion and performance of your body, it

can help heal the underlying origin of your pain as well as help prevent chronic neck pain from
developing in the first place. Exercise helps avoid and diminish pain through a number of
mechanisms including building up key supportive muscles and reestablishing overall flexibility.
Furthermore, the increased blood flow in the region assists in bringing increased oxygen and
other essential nutrients.
Repetitive stress injuries have become progressively common as so many folks spend most of
their work days sitting in front of computers. Computer work is associated with neck pain primarily
originating from the trapezius muscle and many types of neck pain can be traced back to incorrect
posture at work or during your commute.

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