The chiropractic approach is to help restore a more normal motion and position of affected spinal joints and bones by specific chiropractic adjustments or manipulation. This is often combined with ice, traction, soft tissue massage, electrical muscle stimulation, ultrasound, traction, exercise and stretching. Please see the treatments section for descriptions of each of these procedures. We do not always adjust or manipulate the spine in the presence of certain disc and nerve problems in the neck. Depending on your exam findings, more conservative techniques can sometimes be used. Traction can help de-compress the pressure on the discs of your neck. Sometimes, keeping the neck still for a couple of days can help calm the irritated nerves. This is prescribed only when clinically indicated and you should not start wearing a collar prior to being examined by one of the chiropractic doctors. Wearing the collar longer than a couple of days can actually slow the healing process and prolong disability. Electrical muscle stimulation and ice are commonly used to help reduce the inflammation in the muscles and nerves. A thorough exam and history will help in identifying the appropriate treatment for you.