The technical term for your neck is the cervical spine, and it begins at the base of your skull. The entirety of the cervical spine is made up of seven vertebrae that are responsible for holding the entire weight of the head and moving it in every direction. The cervical spine can handle an enormous amount of pressure, but it is still extremely susceptible to pain and injury because of its flexibility, sensitivity, and location. Neck pain is actually the second most common symptom that potential patients seek out chiropractic treatment for, right behind back pain.
What Is The Cervical Spine?
Improve Circulation to your brain
Put simply, the cervical spine is an incredibly durable bodily structure built from bones, nerves, muscles, and tendons. While tough, the cervical spine is also delicate and should be treated with care because it houses the spinal cord that acts as the highway to send nerve signals from your brain to the rest of the body. The cervical spine also facilitates all of the circulation in and out of the brain with the use of small holes in the bone that allow blood vessels to pump blood into the brain from the heart.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Identify and eliminate
Neck pain can range in severity and be caused by dozens if not hundreds of different things. Below are some of the most common causes patients are likely to seek out chiropractic treatment for.
One of the most widespread injuries that results from auto accidents is whiplash. Whiplash is characterized by the violent whipping of your head from one side to the other in the event of a collision. Treatment for whiplash needs to be prompt, as the pain from the injury sometimes doesn’t show up for days or even weeks.
In modern society, you likely spend more time then you are will to admit bent over your smartphone or using poor posture at work. Even in more physical jobs, posture is so crucial in helping you avoid injury. Poor posture may not seem that bad at the moment, but after months or years of bad habits, it can lead to some pretty serious neck pain.
Age and Degenerative Disorders
As your body gets older, it will move more slowly and be more prone to injury than it was in the past. Age also opens the door for other degenerative diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis, and spinal stenosis. Cartilage can also break down over a lifetime, creating painful rubbing between bones.
How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Help you relieve pain and get your health back
When it comes to pain management, there are so many options for prescriptions and over the counter products that people often neglect the fact that their body is capable of healing itself if it’s given the right tools. Chiropractic care is gentle, non-invasive, and utilizes time tested methods to reduce inflammation and manage pain without prescription drugs. Regular chiropractic adjustments have been shown to improve range of motion, reduce pain, and amplify flexibility after just one session. If you are skeptical about chiropractic care and are wondering if it is the right treatment option for your neck pain, you can always schedule a free consultation with our team to see if it’s a good fit.