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The Manahawkin Back and Neck Pain Relief Wave

For many, ocean waves are calming. For Manahawkin neck pain and back pain patients, feeling the wave of relief from pain can be the same if they understand it. For those who don’t realize that pain waxes and wanes while healing, the wave of healing can be saddening. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center helps our patients appreciate the wave of healing, are aware of the research supporting our relieving treatment plan, and celebrate the pain relief they experience.


Since back and neck pain experiences are complete with fluctuating symptoms as they get better, researchers tried to come up with a system to classify neck pain patients and their pain patterns by studying 1208 neck pain patients. They produced 16 subgroups! Wow. The biggest subgroup was “mild persistent fluctuating” with 25% of the patients in it reporting pain as a 3.4 out of 10 (0 no pain). The “moderate episodic” group had 24% reporting pain at a 2.7. “Persistent fluctuating” pain patients were those bothered more by pain than the others. (1) Instead of just labeling and rating pain, researchers had patients describe their pain using a visual picture scale about their pain intensity and symptomatology over a year. The patient responses were very similar in defining the pain intensity but not so much for the symptoms and their characteristics. (2) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center notices that everybody senses pain in somewhat different ways and that they find certain types of pain more annoying than others do. All of our Manahawkin chiropractic patients are distinctive!


For 12 months, another study tracked 1124 neck pain patients seeing a chiropractor. Neck pain patients having “persistent pain” – 75% to 63% over the year - and very minor pain stayed relatively stable. Those who had “episodic pain” – 21% to 24% over the year – changed more in their pain patterns. (3) This is the reason we tell our back and neck pain patients that recovery is more like a wave than a straight line. While healing, pain ebbs and flows. Going away more than it comes is a positive sign of healing and pain relief. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center repeatedly tells our Manahawkin neck pain and back pain patients to not be discouraged along the way. We will get there together!


Research such as described here regarding the patterns of neck pain and back pain sufferers reflects the on-going need for them to have partners like their chiropractors as well as 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 experienced neck pain and cervical arm pain due to adjacent segment disease a condition often seen in spinal discs above and below a spinal level that underwent back surgery - was treated with cervical manipulation, flexion distraction decompression (Cox®), soft-tissue mobilization, and therapeutic ultrasound for resolution of pain. (4) Again, pain relief is rarely sudden, but rather systematic 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 shares patient cases that were difficultcomplex and yet attained relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management with time.

Schedule your Manahawkin chiropractic appointment now. Together, we’ll aim for the calming wave of healing and celebrate the pain relief.

Manahawkin Chiropractic Center rides the wave of healing pain relief with our back pain and neck pain patients.  

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