Chiropractic: A Solution for Neck Pain
Neck pain is limiting and can be frustrating when it comes to routinely functioning on a daily basis. Although common, feeling pain in your cervical spine is not normal and could be a sign that there is a fixated joint. Neck pain can originate from that joint that is stuck or locked up, putting pressure on the nerves in your nervous system. This pressure causes improper function, decreased range of motion, and can often be painful. The nervous system controls everything in your body. Ninety percent of these nerves control all of your organs’ functions and your muscles. The last 10% of your nervous system is sensory, and that portion of the nerves is what notifies you of pain. If you only focused on pain you would be living your life only using 10% of your nervous system.
The neck, or cervical spine, is the first seven of the 24 bones in the spine called vertebrae. The cervical spine is where the spinal column and spinal cord begins. The long bundle of nerves within the spinal column sends neural signals that communicate to the brain and the rest of the body. When that transmission is interrupted by a subluxation, also called a pinched nerve, the body stops performing at its absolute best. Think of the nervous system as a garden hose. The water flows through the hose with no restriction until it is stood on or there is a blockage within the hose. Once the opposing force is removed, the water begins to flow again. Pressure on any joint or nerve in the spine causes pain and a multitude of other problems, but there is a solution. Releasing the nerves to operate at their full capacity allows your body to begin to function at its highest level of natural health, which relieves the neck pain.
How common is neck pain? According to a recent study done by the University of Southern Denmark, neck pain was proven to be very frequent among adults, affecting 14-71% of adults at some point in their lives. Adolescents and children who have neck pain are at a higher risk of this issue continuing into adulthood. Given that the neck pain can develop in children, experiencing neck pain as an adult may have begun at a younger age, which is why it is important to take care of your spine even as a child or adolescent.
If this neck pain affects you on a day to day basis, there are a few things you can do at home to help ease the symptoms that can be restricting to your daily life. If you are wanting to get rid of neck stiffness and soreness, try doing some neck stretches. These can even be done seated at your desk as it is important to take your neck through its full range of motion every day. While working with a computer at your desk, it is critical that proper posture is used. The monitor should be even with your eye line and your shoulders should be pulled back, not rounded from sitting improperly. Another at home remedy for the neck stiffness or soreness can be helped by icing your neck, relieving the inflammation and introducing better range of motion through that area of the spine.
What can chiropractic do for your neck pain? The purpose of chiropractic care is to correct nerve interference and in doing so, gives the body the chance to heal in the most natural way possible without the use of drugs. “Chiropractic first, drugs second, and surgery last”- Terry A. Rondberg D.C. With the chiropractic adjustment, Chiropractors release the nervous system from being blocked or pinched and reinstates proper communication between the brain and the rest of the body. As we treat the cause of the neck pain, we in turn take care of many other symptoms that the nerves in the cervical spine control. Headaches, dizziness, vertigo and migraines are a few symptoms that may be caused by a pinched nerve in the cervical spine.
“If you have nerve interference, your body can’t perform efficiently because it isn’t getting the right messages from the brain…If the nerve flow is disturbed because of nerve interference, chemical imbalance occurs and the body will function less efficiently-its ability to fight off infection diminished. If you experience one or more of the following symptoms: pain, dizziness, stiffness, weakness, profuse sweating, coughing, diarrhea, fever or stomach upset and vomiting, then it’s time to receive an adjustment. Often these conditions are the result of one’s body attempting to restore health. Correcting nerve interference will help your body to return to normal function.”
In our office we have corrective wellness care plans to fit your needs if you are a candidate for chiropractic care. Within these plans we will introduce a life changing adjustment that will allow your nervous system to be able to function at its fullest.
Your neck has a natural c- curve shape to it as it is seen from the side, or laterally. What happens to the spine as one goes through life is the spine can degenerate and lose that c-curve as it straightens and the disks flatten. This creates a misalignment in the cervical spine and effects not only your neck, but your entire spine. In our office we have over 30 orthotics in our office including the denneroll. The denneroll is a foam block or pillow that will help reinstate that natural curve into the neck and relieve neck pain and stiffness. We also have in office neck traction tools that help bring better range of motion to your neck and reduces the neck soreness as well. Along with the adjustments and orthotics, we will show you specific exercises designed to help your neck pain and bring back the full range of motion. With all of these included with the neck adjustments, we are giving your nervous system the boost it needs to heal on its own. “Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. They come to us not knowing the truth. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides in the patient a chance to work.” Albert Schweitzer, M.D.