Neck pain is very common in today’s world. It can be due to a variety of things like tight muscles, a knot in the muscle, or tired muscles. It may be helped by applying ice to the sore area. However, in some cases, there might be more serious reasons for the neck pain:
- A herniated or slipped disc: If a disc (the rubbery, gel-like substance located between each vertebra) slips out of its original position, the vertebrae can then begin to grind against each other.
- Osteoarthritis or cervical spondylosis: This is arthritis in the neck and has to do with facet joint degeneration in the cervical spine.
- Degenerative disc disease: If a disc becomes injured and no blood is allowed to get to it, there will be an issue with it healing. This leads to degeneration.
- Whiplash: This often occurs in a vehicle accident and results in the muscles of the neck overextending. It happens easily and in other situations besides vehicle accidents.
What’s the Root Cause of Neck Pain?
It has been seen that neck pain is commonly due to a misalignment in one of the bones of the upper cervical spine, particularly the C1 and the C2 vertebrae. If either of these bones is misaligned by just ¼ of a millimeter, it can cause major problems throughout the body. The brainstem is located in the same area as these bones. If these bones are out of alignment, they can put undue pressure on the brainstem and cause it to send improper signals to the brain. A misalignment also can cause trauma to the muscles and nerves located here. The body also compensates for this misalignment by readjusting the spine to keep the head in proper placement.
We use special x-rays and measurements to find out where your misalignment might be located. Once determined, we use a gentle method to help the bones move back into their original position. We do not have to pop or crack the neck or spine to get positive results. Once the misalignment is corrected, many patients see an improvement in their symptoms in a short period of time.
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