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Lasting Relief From Chronic Neck pain

If you've got a pain in the neck, you're not alone. Nearly three in every four adults will experience neck pain at some point.

And now a made up statistic: More than half of those with neck pain will attempt to self-medicate with over-the-counter painkillers. Of course, that may not be accurate at all, but we know this for sure: A lot of people do it and it's more dangerous than they think.

Fortunately, there's a much safer way to erase that pain in your neck.

Increasing dosage for less relief

In a recent study, more than 270 adults with neck pain were divided into three groups. The participants' neck pain ranged from acute to moderate. Which sounds like another way of saying "nagging and annoying."

For three months, one group received chiropractic sessions at least once each week. One group did simple neck exercises. The third group received over-the-counter drugs such as paracetamol (acetaminophen). Some also took prescription drugs such as muscle relaxants.

A percentage of each group reported at least a 75 per cent reduction in pain…

Chiropractic group – 57 per cent
Exercise group – 48 per cent
Drug group – 33 per cent

In a follow-up a year later, relief was still significantly higher in the chiropractic and exercise groups. Many in the drug group said they needed to take more painkillers more often just to maintain their level of relief.

Needless to say, if the subjects in the drug group continued with medication, they set themselves up for disaster. Gastrointestinal damage, liver damage, increased risk of heart problems, drug dependency and other side effects will eventually make neck pain a minor issue.

Drugs lose. Pain wins.

One quick side note: This study was funded by the National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, of the National Institutes of Health. So chalk up yet another success to silence the NCCAM naysayers.

If you do suffer from persistent neck pain there is another alternative that can help switch off your pain in in as little as 30 minutes. It also improves mobility and stiffness, reduces swelling and protects against further damage... and it's 100 per cent natural.