Have you ever awoken in the morning and felt neck stiffness or pain? Have you ever finished some type of physical activity and just didn’t feel comfortable in your neck? How about backing up your car, and you can’t seem to turn your neck far enough to see behind you? These are all typical symptoms of neck problems that are caused by misalignments of the spinal segments in the upper back and neck.
Why does it happen you might ask? The neck or cervical spine, as it is called, is comprised of seven vertebrae. Surrounding these vertebrae are muscles, tendons, and ligaments. If the vertebrae are pushed out of place by poor posture, accidents, or overuse, the muscles and tendons will be forced to stretch too far. This can cause pain and discomfort. Also, this action of the connective tissue can force the spinal segments out of place, putting pressure on the spinal nerves. This whole syndrome can be very uncomfortable, and until the spine and connective tissues are helped back into their normal positions, the pain usually does not go away.
Activities and events that affect cervical biomechanics include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, aging, stress, muscle imbalances, and every day wear and tear. Your neck supports the full weight of your head, and moves it in nearly every direction. This flexibility, along with the weight of your head (average is 12lbs), makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury. Neck pain can range from very bothersome to severely debilitating, and have a variety of causes and can actually cause further conditions if left untreated.
Chiropractic for neck pain
Chiropractic offers the best treatment option for neck pain that is utilized by millions of patients. Chiropractors are doctors who specialize in the mechanical (how the spine moves) and neurological (nerve-related) causes of neck pain. A neck adjustment is a precise procedure applied to the joints of the neck, usually by hand. A neck adjustment works to improve the proper mobility of the spine which helps in restoring regular range of motion. Once adjusted and in proper alignment, patients typically find improved neck mobility, decreased muscle tension, and relief from their neck pain.
At Natural Balance Wellness Center we will develop a specialized program of care that may combine more than one type of treatment, depending on your personal needs. In addition to manipulation, the treatment plan may include heat/ice, stretching, trigger point massage, rehabilitative exercises, or something else. We will do everything we can to give you the best treatment possible.