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The Carrolltown Back and Neck Pain Relief Wave

For many, ocean waves are calming. For Carrolltown back pain and neck pain patients, feeling the wave of relief from pain can be the same if they understand it. For those who don’t get that pain will come and go while healing, the wave of healing can be frustrating. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation helps our patients understand the wave of healing, are aware of the research behind our relieving treatment plan, and celebrate the pain relief they experience.


Since back and neck pain experiences are filled with fluctuations of symptoms as they heal, researchers have worked on a way to classify neck pain patients and their pain patterns by studying 1208 neck pain patients. They produced 16 subgroups! Wow. The largest subgroup was “mild persistent fluctuating” with 25% of the patients in it reporting pain as a 3.4 out of 10 (10 worst pain). The “moderate episodic” group had 24% with a pain rating of 2.7. “Persistent fluctuating” pain patients were those bothered more by pain than the others. (1) Instead of just describing and rating pain, researchers had patients describe their pain using a visual picture scale about their pain intensity and symptomatology over 12 months. The patient responses were very similar in explaining the pain intensity but not so much for the symptoms and their characteristics. (2) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation finds that everybody feels pain in slightly different ways and that they find certain sorts of pain more annoying than others do. All of our Carrolltown chiropractic patients are unique!


For a year, another study followed 1124 neck pain patients seeing a chiropractor. Neck pain patients experiencing “persistent pain” – 75% to 63% over 12 months - and very minor pain remained relatively stable. Those who had “episodic pain” – 21% to 24% over the year – shifted more in their pain patterns. (3) This is why we inform our back and neck pain patients that recovery is more like a wave than a straight line. While healing, pain comes and goes. Going away more than it comes is a solid signal of healing and pain relief. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation repeatedly tells our Carrolltown neck pain and back pain patients to not be discouraged along the way. We’ll get there together!


Research such as described here regarding the patterns of neck pain and back pain sufferers shows the on-going need for them to have partners like their chiropractors along with general practitioners to manage it, understand it, and care for it. One researcher explained how a patient who underwent spinal surgery 30 years ago now had neck pain and cervical arm pain due to adjacent segment disease a condition often seen in spinal discs around the spinal level that underwent back surgery - was treated with cervical manipulation, flexion distraction decompression (Cox®), soft-tissue mobilization, and therapeutic ultrasound for pain relief. (4) Again, pain relief is seldom sudden, but rather slow and steady with treatment, coming/going pain intensity, patience, and appreciation for the relief attained be it 50%, 70% or 90% as supported by the 50% Rule of Cox® Technic.

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. John Murray on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he presents patient cases that were complicated and yet found relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management with time.

Make your Carrolltown chiropractic appointment soon. Together, we’ll aim for the calming wave of healing and celebrate the pain relief.

Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation rides the wave of healing pain relief with our back pain and neck pain patients.  

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