Chiropractic Care for Neck pain
The cervical spine begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine supports the full weight of the head, which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury. (1) Approximately 33-65% of the adult population suffers from neck pain. (2)
what are some causes of neck pain?
Poor posture, obesity, and weak abdominal muscles often disrupt spinal balance, causing the neck to bend forward to compensate. Stress and emotional tension can cause muscles to tighten and contract, resulting in pain and stiffness. Postural stress can contribute to chronic neck pain with symptoms extending into the upper back and the arms.
injury & accidents
A sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction and the resulting “rebound” in the opposite direction is known as whiplash. The sudden “whipping” motion injures the surrounding and supporting tissues of the neck and head. Muscles react by tightening and contracting, creating muscle fatigue, which can result in pain and stiffness. Severe whiplash can also be associated with injury to the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, muscles, and nerve roots. Car accidents are the most common cause of whiplash. If you have neck pain that is a result from a car crash, please click HERE to learn more.
Degenerative disc disease can cause reduction in the elasticity and height of intervertebral discs. Over time, disc bulges or disc herniations can cause tingling, numbness, and pain that runs into the arm.
Spinal stenosis causes the small nerve passageways in the vertebrae to narrow, compressing and trapping nerve roots. Stenosis may cause neck, shoulder, and arm pain, as well as numbness, when these nerves are unable to function normally.
Osteoarthritis, a common joint disorder, causes progressive deterioration of cartilage. The body reacts by forming bone spurs that affect joint motion.
at revolution chiropractic…
Each patient’s needs are different and a thorough evaluation is completed before a recommended course of chiropractic care can be determined. If needed, high-resolution digital x-rays are taken onsite, personalized nutrition recommendations given, and specific exercises prescribed.