Neck Pain Relief in Just One Session with Salem Chiropractor

Many of our patients walk into our Salem chiropractic office with significant neck pain but experience immediate relief after a single session with Dr. Geary Michels. This immediate pain reduction isn't just something we have casually noticed at Michels Spinal Rehab + Associates. It is an advantage to chiropractic care that is backed by scientific research.

A 2008 research review determined the immediate pain-relieving benefits of a single session of manual therapy by a chiropractor. Researchers analyzed existing data about how just one spinal adjustment affected patients' neck pain.

The meta-study included nine randomized clinical trials involving spinal manipulation, spinal mobilization, non-manipulative manual therapy, or manual trigger point therapy for the treatment of chronic neck pain.

The authors of the meta-study found evidence that immediate, clinically significant improvements are seen after just one session of spinal adjustments. On average, neck-pain patients experienced a pain score change of -18.9. This result provided the research team with an indication of the magnitude of change that can be expected from a single session of spinal adjustments by a chiropractor.

The other manual therapies used also improved patients' neck pain immediately, although the benefits were less substantial.

These results provide further evidence of the efficacy of chiropractic adjustments for neck pain. Another study demonstrated that a combination of spinal adjustments and exercise therapy may provide the most substantial results for relieving neck pain and showed that this safe combo of chiropractic care worked better than drugs.

At Michels Spinal Rehab + Associates, we treat neck pain with spinal adjustments, exercise therapy, and other natural and proven chiropractic modalities. Whether they're suffering from neck pain after an auto injury or from work-related causes, we've helped hundreds of Salem patients find lasting relief.

Contact us today to find out more about how Dr. Geary Michels can get you out of pain and back to your life.


Vernon H, Humphreys BK. Chronic mechanical neck pain in adults treated by manual therapy: a systemic review of change scores in randomized controlled trials of a single session. The Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 2008; 16(2): E42–E52.

Bronfort, Gert, Roni Evans, Alfred Anderson, Kenneth Svendsen, Yiscah Bracha, and Richard Grimm. Spinal Manipulation, medication, or home exercise with advice for acute and subacute neck pain: a randomized trial. Annals of Internal Medicine  2012; 156 (1): 1-10.

  1. dr Robertson

    Dr. Julia Robertson, DC is a Chiropractic Physician who worked with Michels Spinal Rehab and Associates and who is now the proud owner of Robertson Spinal Rehab & Associates. She provides personal one on one services specializing in spinal manipulation, physiotherapy, nutritional counseling in addition to developing personal rehab programs.