Neck Pain

We can relieve your neck pain!

Your neck is the most vulnerable part of your spine. Not only does it support your 10–12 pound head, maintain a gentle forward curve and permit head rotation, it must also allow the free flow of nerve impulses to the head, face, hands and the rest of your body. Besides discomfort and annoyance, chronic neck pain is a sign that something is wrong.

Many everyday things cause neck pain, such as watching TV, using your computer, falling asleep in a chair or on an airplane and reading a book. The temporary pain that results can resolve on its own, especially when the offending activity is discontinued. When it doesn’t, a more serious underlying problem may be indicated. A thorough examination can determine if you need chiropractic care. The exam—finding out your ability to turn and bend, muscle tone testing of the supporting muscles in the neck and diagnostic imaging—help reveal the underlying structure of your spine. These tests and others are specifically designed to identify the cause and location of your neck pain.

The most common cause of neck pain is the functional distortions in the spine resulting from vertebral subluxations. These subluxations are seen in cases of reverse cervical curve, whiplash and joint instability. The body responds by tightening muscles in the neck, “splinting” the joint to protect it from further insult. Chiropractic care can help.

A more difficult problem to correct is the degenerative changes that result from neglect. Years of uncorrected spinal problems can cause bone spurs, disc thinning and other forms of spinal decay. These types of problems respond more slowly; some type of on-going supportive chiropractic care may be necessary. Our response to stress—deadlines, rush-hour, traffic, over-commitments, work pressures and family obligations—is another common cause of neck pain.

If the weakest link in our bodies is our neck, stress shows up there. While chiropractic care cannot reduce the stress of your busy life, it can help improve your ability to handle and tolerate it.