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The Ashburn Back and Neck Pain Relief Wave

For many, ocean waves are calming. For Ashburn back pain and neck pain patients, experiencing the wave of relief from pain can be the same if they are aware of it. For those who don’t realize that pain will come and go while healing, the wave of healing can be frustrating. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn helps our patients appreciate the wave of healing, recognize the research behind our relieving treatment plan, and celebrate the pain relief they experience.


Since back and neck pain experiences are complete with fluctuations of symptoms as they get better, researchers tried to come up with a method to classify neck pain patients and their pain patterns by tracking 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 (0 no pain). The “moderate episodic” group had 24% with a pain rating of 2.7. “Persistent fluctuating” pain patients were those disturbed more by pain than the others. (1) Instead of just defining 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 quite similar in explaining the pain intensity but not as much for the symptoms and their characteristics. (2) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn observes that everybody feels pain in somewhat different ways and that they find certain sorts of pain more annoying than others do. All of our Ashburn chiropractic patients are unique!


For 12 months, another study tracked 1124 neck pain patients seeing a chiropractor. Neck pain patients experiencing “persistent pain” – 75% to 63% over the year - and very minor pain remained 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 comes and goes. Going away more than it comes is a solid signal of healing and pain relief. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn reminds our Ashburn 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 emphasizes the on-going need for them to have team members like their chiropractors along with general practitioners to handle it, understand it, and care for it. A 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 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 slow and steady with treatment, coming/going pain intensity, patience, and appreciation for the relief gotten 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 difficultcomplex and yet attained relief with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management over time.

Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic appointment today. Together, we’ll work toward the calming wave of healing and celebrate the pain relief.

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn rides the wave of healing pain relief with our back pain and neck pain patients.  

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