Your neck has the significant task of supporting your skull, which weighs about 12 lbs. for the average person. That’s a major load on the seven vertebrae that comprise the cervical spine. With associated soft tissue, your body does a remarkable job carrying this top-heavy load, but the biomechanics required are frequently susceptible to injury.
Because of the physics of the load on your neck, suddenly forced movements frequently cause injury to the muscles and joints of the neck. This could result in strains, sprains, and whiplash. The muscles in the neck and shoulders respond by contracting. This results in pain, stiffness, and inflammation due to fatigue. In addition, nerves, joints, discs, and ligaments may all be damaged.
Simply growing older carries several factors that may aggravate neck health. Osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and degenerating discs each carry a potential for increased neck pain.
Day-to-day life also puts added strain on the neck through poor posture or ergonomics. Any time that spinal balance is out of alignment, the neck may be forced forward to compensate. Postural stress extends tightness and pain into the shoulders, upper back, and arms.
There are a range of neck adjustment techniques for realigning the cervical spine. These range from gentle to active and accommodate a wide range of patient preferences and treatment targets. For those who don’t like the feeling of joint cavitation, many gentle adjustments and mobilizations provide pain relief without vigorous head movement.
Generally, acute neck pain originates from problems with the musculoskeletal system and its impact on the nervous system. When this is the case, chiropractic treatment is most appropriate. Massage therapy targets the muscles and soft tissues of the neck and proves effective in the support stages of treatment.
Chester Family Chiropractic Center accepts most insurance plans. Please contact the office to confirm if your insurance is accepted.