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5 Common Causes of Neck Pain

5-common-causes-of-neck-painNeck pain will affect nearly every person at some point in their life.  The different kinds of neck pain range from a dull ache to sharp, shooting pain that radiates down the arms and into the hands.  There are a few common causes of neck pain:

  • Muscle strain and tension
  • Injuries, such as whiplash
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Disc degeneration

No matter the reason for the neck pain, treating the symptoms of the problem will only provide short-term relief.  Searching for treatment that focuses on the root cause of the neck pain is necessary for any kind of long-term solution to occur.

Fixing the Source of the Neck Pain

Sometimes, relief from neck pain can come from something as simple as a hot shower or a massage.  However, when the neck pain is constant, or persistently returns every few days or weeks despite resolving for short spells of time, it becomes more urgent to find a lasting solution.  The neck is made up of 7 vertebrae. Many of them move and behave the same way, except for the top two. These two are the atlas and axis, which are designed to move uniquely from the rest because their purpose is to give the head most of its range of motion.  Due to the vast mobility of these vertebrae compared to the rest of the bones along the spine, they are more susceptible to misalignment.

Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the position of the atlas and axis and how they may be impacting the rest of the neck and spine’s overall health and alignment.  Any time the atlas misaligns, it causes dysfunction in the natural alignment of the spine as all the vertebrae beneath it must compensate for the incorrect position of the bones above.  As a result, the muscles strain, degeneration in the discs can begin, and a loss in the range of motion can happen. Fixing the atlas misalignment using gentle, specific upper cervical adjustments relieves the vertebrae below of unnecessary pressure. This will also allow the nerves in that area to be restored to their optimal function and health. As the body heals, neck and back pain can be resolved.

 

Reference:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/basics/definition/con-20028772

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