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Neck Pain Treatment in Bradenton, FL

Of the 3 regions of the spine – cervical, thoracic, and lumbar – the neck is hands down the most dynamic in regards to ranges of motion and the most critical in regards to neurology. Nearly every nerve in your body has to travel through your neck FIRST before traveling to the organs, tissues, and joints of your body. This is why a fracture of the neck is far more debilitating than a fracture in the lower spine.

Consequently, taking care of your neck – the cervical spine – through the principles of spinal hygiene is critical in order to decrease the rate of age-related joint degeneration and the sequelae of symptoms. Chiropractic care is not only the key to treating many of these issues but, if caught early, the key to potentially preventing them in the first place. We are all taught the importance of dental hygiene but almost never taught the importance of spinal hygiene. What’s the biggest difference? Your teeth can be replaced, your spine cannot.

$49 New Patient Neck Pain Health Screening

$49 for a complete chiropractic health screening including a consultation, exam, X-rays if necessary, a report of findings, and a plan of action.

How Our Neck Pain Care Plan Works

Get To The Bottom Of The Problem

In addition to an extremely thorough history of your condition, our state-of-the-art spinal analysis software and comprehensive functional assessments will highlight the hidden issues attributing to your pain.

Receive A Customized Program Specific To Your Condition

Based on your history, the shape of your spine, and your examination performance, a treatment program will be customized by a chiropractor to address your specific condition to ensure the best results possible.

Get Back To Doing The Things You Love

As your trusted chiropractor, our goal is not just to get you out of pain but to help you get your life back. Whether it’s playing with your kids or crushing a volleyball we want you to live a full and healthy life again! You deserve nothing less.

How We Treat Neck Pain In Bradenton, FL

Comprehensive Consultation and Exam

At Next Level Chiropractic, every patient presenting with neck pain will have the chance to meet with Dr. Merriman one-on-one so he can collect an extremely thorough history of your condition. He’ll ask a variety of questions aimed at finding the true source of your condition, often it is something you may not have even been aware of!

Your examination will include:

  • Specific orthopedic tests which help to indicate the specific anatomical structures involved in your condition
  • A functional assessment to screen for certain areas of muscular instability that might be compromising your spine during certain activities
  • A postural assessment utilizing state-of-the-art digital software to provide measurable abnormalities in your stance that can increase the amount of stress on your body over time
  • Neurological tests to locate specific nerves that might be compressed or damaged by the joints in your spine
  • Range of motion tests to determine if your spinal column is functioning the way it should

The information gathered in this examination is integral to getting to the root cause of your neck pain and creating a strategy for care that will provide you with neck pain relief.

Digital X-rays

We utilize a brand new digital X-ray system that produces high-quality images necessary for diagnostic purposes. This allows us to screen for any fractures, instability, areas of joint degeneration, dislocation, or pathology from a disease or illness. It also allows us to identify areas of joint dysfunction which are called subluxations. Subluxations are the primary condition treated by chiropractors.

Scientific literature indicates there are three primary curvatures in the human spine necessary for optimal function. These curvatures allow for the stress of gravity, which we experience every day, to be distributed over the spine appropriately. This is crucial for everyday living whether it’s unloading the dishwasher or dunking a basketball and landing back on the court. Abnormalities in these curvatures can lead to excessive wear and tear and potential injury. We utilize a state-of-the-art spinal analysis software that measures the curvature of the spine, relative to normal, providing incredibly accurate measurements that allow us to not only identify abnormalities but also to track progress over time as we correct them.

The entire spine has 24 vertebrae and over 90 joints, it is a complex system that can experience a tremendous variety of issues. In order to rule out medical emergencies, establish safety, and truly identify the problem, X-rays are highly recommended.

Specific Chiropractic Care in Bradenton, FL

A subluxation is a joint or series of joints within the spine that are either stuck or out of alignment causing significant stress on the nervous system. This stress manifests not only as pain and injury but also as a decrease in overall health and well-being.

The spine houses your spinal cord which is a collection of nerve tracts that descends from your brain and is distributed OUT THROUGH YOUR SPINE to every cell, tissue, joint, and organ in your body. In order for your brain to communicate with your vital organs, for example, there needs to be no interference with the nerves along the way. Our job as chiropractors is to remove any areas of this interference within the spine so that your body can heal and function to its highest potential.

Custom Therapeutic and Corrective Exercise Plan

Your spine is like a mast on a sailboat and the guidewires holding the mast up are the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Without stability your spine will collapse, just like a sailboat mast would without its supporting structures. Therefore it is critical to properly condition the supporting structures of your spine to both prevent injury but to also allow proper spinal function.

We provide you with a customized exercise program specifically designed to correct the postural distortions and areas of muscular instability found during your examination. These may include correcting a forward head posture that is causing excess stress on your neck and spine or possibly an “Upper Cross Syndrome” that is cutting off the nerve supply to your arms and hands causing numbness and tingling. We provide you with instructional videos as well as in-office demonstrations of these corrective exercises which can be performed at home for your convenience.

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Curious & Creative
Curious & Creative
2024-05-09
I was skeptical. I was advised against Chiropractic after a bad auto accident in multiple surgeries to my neck and spine. I've tried several modalities for improvement. Some with better results than others and I kept coming back to chiropractic care. I was searching for a chiropractor for about three years, and then Dr. Hunter Merriman / Next Level Chiropractic Showed up in my search results with 5 star Reviews across the board and not just a few of them. Intrigued, I began reading the reviews and began perusing the website, and happily was finding out that the research that I had been doing the philosophies that I had been finding success with. We're aligned in his practice. And I really felt that I would have a great partner in my. Journey to improving physically as well as my overall health. My gut told me to make a call. I did I was able to get fitted in the next day for a consult. Needless to say I was Impressed. Dr. Merriman took the time to go over my health history. Request for me to bring my m r i's, reports and films. Took a full medical history. Kick his own films and photographs And scheduled a follow up appointment for the results of my consultation. He provided me with fascinating information about where I was at and wanted to know what my goals were that he could help me with. He felt that I could achieve something beyond what I was expecting. And I jumped in with both feet. My results and improvements after just one month were staggering. My physical pain and functioning along with my posture, are improving. I am so grateful and telling everyone I can. He held a free class last week that absolutely blew me away. I learned more in 1 hour. Then I have in the last 10 years of diligently studying in trying to Having a path and plan for better health. I highly recommend anyone who is experiencing pain or physical issues to check them out. Jamie is also amazing, and a ray of bright light. 🌞 👃
Janis Offringa
Janis Offringa
2024-04-24
Had a great experience going to Next Level Chiropractic in Bradenton Florida. Dr. Hunter Merriman and his wife Jamie are wonderful people. Very professional but also very welcoming. Thorough exam and explanation before starting treatment. Dr. Hunter carefully and thoughtfully listened to all of my comments and issues and treated accordingly. I highly recommend!
rick anderson
rick anderson
2024-04-15
Athletically, Chiroptactors enabled me to continue successfully competing as a pole vaultpr and football player in college and 30+ year triathlete as an adult. Athletic injuries/limitations often do not get improved by regular physicians. Without chiropratic physicians my athletic career would hsbe been over “early”. Thank you Dr Hunter and Jamie! An A+!!
Jay Duquette
Jay Duquette
2024-03-05
Dr. Merriman has been amazing. I went in having not gone to a chiropractor before. I had been experiencing some neck pain, and a few minor injuries from training. I felt and saw the benefits almost immediately. The X rays have shown improvements in the mobility and shape of my spine, and I have never felt better in training. I would highly recommend Next level Chiropractic to anyone dealing with pain, injuries, or just looking to perform at their highest level!
Barry Constant
Barry Constant
2024-03-04
Dr. Hunter is awesome! We have been seeing him as needed for the past three months and love the service and attention to detail. I highly recommend this practice for anyone is who is looking for an attentive chiropractor. When anyone asks me about chiropractic care I send them here.
Josee Arel
Josee Arel
2024-03-04
Dr Hunter has been fantastic with his knowledge and skills at adjusting my spine, neck and all other parts that need realignment. He also gives me great advice about stretches and exercises.
Nicholas Pilotti1
Nicholas Pilotti1
2024-03-04
Coming from someone who’s never been to a chiropractor, my experience at Next Level Chiropractic has exceeded my expectations. I’ve now been going for a little over a month, and the level of attention and friendliness I receive is no different than the first day I walked through the door. Dr. Merriman is always informative about his practices, and it’s clear that he’s passionate about his work and the wellbeing of his patients. I’m happy I stumbled across this place on Google - highly recommended!
Carrie LaMontagne
Carrie LaMontagne
2024-02-28
Dr. Merriman is wonderful. He not only has a calming presence, but he also is a skilled practioner. I see Dr. M twice monthly & am happy to report feeling more aligned and just overall physical well-being. Jaimie is also fantastic. Great communication & very easy to work with. I recommend this practice without hesitation.
Pablo Linares
Pablo Linares
2023-10-26
(abajo hay un review en espanol) Let me start saying that I am a helicopter crash survivor who ended up paraplegic for 3 days after the accident due to spin injury, the accident was in 1994.Today I walk and do all my activities without limitations and all it is thanks to Chiropractic. Now, let me talk about Next Level Chiropractic. We are in the area because our daughter got to the university in Sarasota but we are from Texas and I was looking for a chiropractor for some time. After many searches I got here and I can only tell you that the professionalism and expertise of Dr. Hunter Merriman is impressive, on top of his qualities, Mrs. Jaimie Merriman is his wife is the office manager and any requests we had you accommodated us and worked with us, it is a great team! Some thing extra that is very important, my wife and daughter were concerned how he does the adjustment and I was the guinea pig and see how he does very thing. My personal experience is excellent and flawless. After he did adjustment on me, my wife and daughter saw in him a great procedure for adjustment. I need to point out that they use the latest technology to see any problem and map your back where it needs adjustments. I invite any one that have back pain or any other kind of body pain as many are caused by the spin. God Bless Dr. Dr. Hunter Merriman and his team!! Espanol Empezaré diciendo que soy un sobreviviente de un accidente de helicóptero donde quede parapléjico durante 3 días después del accidente por una lesión en la columna, el accidente fue en 1994. Hoy camino y hago todas mis actividades sin limitaciones y todo es gracias al quiropractico. Ahora, déjame hablarte sobre la quiropráctica NEXT LEVEL. Estamos aqui en el área porque nuestra hija estudia en la universidad aqui en Sarasota pero somos de Texas y estuve buscando un quiropráctico por algún tiempo. Después de muchas búsquedas llegué aquí y solo puedo decirles que el profesionalismo y experiencia del Dr. Hunter Merriman es impresionante, además de sus cualidades, la Sra. Jaimie Merrimansu es su esposa yes la gerente de la oficina y cualquier solicitud que tuvimos ella nos ayudo y trabajó con nosotros, es un gran equipo! Algo extra que es muy importante, mi esposa y mi hija estaban preocupadas de cómo hace el ajuste el doctor y yo era el conejillo de indias y ellas veían cómo hacía cada ajuste. Mi experiencia personal es excelente e impecable. Después de que me hizo ajustes, mi esposa y mi hija vieron en él un gran procedimiento de ajuste. Debo señalar que NEXT LEVEL utilizan la última tecnología para ver cualquier problema y mapear su espalda donde necesita ajustes. Invito a cualquiera que tenga dolor de espalda o cualquier otro tipo de dolor del cuerpo ya que muchos son causados por la columna. ¡¡Dios bendiga al Dr. Hunter Merriman y su equipo!!
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Common Causes of Neck Pain in Bradenton, FL

Degenerative Disc Disease

There are two primary types of spinal degeneration, degenerative disc disease (DDD) and degenerative joint disease (DJD), both can lead to pain and poor function. In the advanced stage, DDD causes the vertebrae to become closer together and consequently the intervertebral foramen – the holes where the nerves come out – become narrowed, compressing the nerves resulting in pain and dysfunction.

These diseases are considered an “age-related” condition by many in the healthcare field, however, that does not explain why we often see 30-year-old patients with lots of degeneration and 45-year-old patients with none. That is because the primary cause of spinal degeneration is a lack of motion within the spine in conjunction with poor posture and weak muscles. There is good news and bad news. The bad news is that you can not reverse these degenerated structures. The good news, however, is that you have the opportunity to slow it down significantly and potentially prevent it with a corrective chiropractic care plan.

Tech Neck

With the advancement and wide usage of handheld devices like cell phones and iPads, current generations of children, adolescents, and young adults around the world are experiencing horrific changes in their cervical spines (necks). According to peer-reviewed literature, in an ideal posture, the trajectory of the neck should project back around -42° for proper function.

However, as younger and younger generations grow up with constantly flexed necks from looking down at their devices we are seeing curvatures completely reversed! This phenomenon is known as Tech Neck. Tech Neck increases the weight of the head causing abnormal stress loads on the spine that can lead to intolerable pain. It also accelerates the rate of joint degeneration and arthritis. Some recent research has shown this condition to lead to poor respiratory function and even a decrease in neural velocity due to the increased tension put on the spinal cord. That means the speed at which information travels to the brain is actually slower, which can have all kinds of negative implications. Chiropractors are trained to identify these conditions and prescribe a plan to correct them and provide Tech Neck relief.

Subluxation

A subluxation is a joint or series of joints within the spine that are either stuck or out of alignment causing significant stress on the nervous system. This stress manifests not only as pain and injury but also as a decrease in overall health and well-being.

The spine houses your spinal cord which is a collection of nerve tracts that descends from your brain and is distributed OUT THROUGH YOUR SPINE to every cell, tissue, joint, and organ in your body. In order for your brain to communicate with your vital organs, for example, there needs to be no interference with the nerves along the way. Our job as chiropractors is to remove any areas of this interference within the spine so that your body can heal and function to its highest potential.

Chiropractors are specialists in treating and correcting subluxations. We look for areas in the spine of improper motion or alignment that are depressing nervous system function. Subluxations can increase pressure on the nerves and increase the risk of injury and disease. Chiropractic adjustments are our most powerful tool to correct subluxations and re-establish motion and alignment in the spine. Prescription drugs may ease the symptoms of a subluxation temporarily, but no amount can correct this mechanical problem and lead to long-lasting pain relief and prevention.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is inflammation of a joint, very similar to degenerative joint disease. When the joints of the spine become stuck either from poor posture, adhesions, sedentary lifestyle, injury, or tight muscles, the joints become inflamed. This joint inflammation leads to the growth of bone spurs in and around the joints further limiting their articulations and compressing the spinal nerves. The good news is that this type of joint inflammation can be stopped if proper joint motion and stability are established as soon as possible. This is one of the primary focuses of chiropractic care.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do to relieve my neck pain in Bradenton, FL?

The best thing to do is schedule an appointment here at Next Level Chiropractic for your initial consultation and exam so that we can work together and find the right solution to your problem.

When should you see a chiropractor for neck pain?

The sooner the better. If you continue to put off seeking help, the problem will – many times – get worse.

Is it okay to pop my own neck?

It is not recommended. As chiropractors, we are trained to identify specific joints in the spine that need to be adjusted and are able to apply that specific adjustment.

Do medical doctors recommend chiropractors for neck pain?

Yes, many do. In fact, we get referrals from medical doctors all the time.

How can you tell if your neck is out of alignment?

Many times poor neck alignment will lead to symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, poor sleep, pain or discomfort with movement, etc. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should have your neck evaluated by a licensed chiropractic physician.

$49 New Patient Neck Pain Health Screening

$49 for a complete chiropractic health screening including a consultation, exam, X-rays if necessary, a report of findings, and a plan of action.

Schedule Your Appointment Today
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