Neck manipulation is a powerful tool for treating neck pain, headaches, dizziness, and cervicogenic vertigo. However, self manipulation is not recommended leaving patients tied to their chiropractor. With that being said, cervical spine SNAGs are a safe and effective way to mobilize your neck.
SNAGs is an acronym for sustained natural apophyseal glides. In other words, it means neck mobilizations, and they are wonderful for self care and at home treatment. The technique involves actively moving into end range and providing a gentle over-pressure to increase range of motion in the direction of choice. Ultimately, the goal is improvement in pain free range of motion and symptom control.
Why it helps?
Patients with neck pain, headaches, vertigo, and dizziness often present with mobility restrictions in their upper neck. In fact, over 50% of the rotation in our neck comes from C1-C2, the first two joints in our neck. With that being said, chiropractic is excellent at improving range of motion in this area. In addition to adjustments, self mobilizations can help provide lasting relief. As a result, it is beneficial to learn how to mobilize your neck as a form of self treatment.
Research that matters
Research demonstrates that treatment with cervical spine SNAGs and manipulation shows meaningful improvements in pain, disability, and neck range of motion. In addition, the combination of mobilization or manipulation with exercise produced greater increases in range of motion and improvements in function. My treatment approach involves manipulation, self mobilizations, and other neck exercises.
First, try theses movements and monitor your changes in pain and range of motion.
Next, don’t be afraid to reach out for help.
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