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Behaviors that Likely Cause Neck Aches and Chiropractic Therapies that Can Be Helpful
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Behaviors that Likely Cause Neck Aches and Chiropractic Therapies that Can Be Helpful

Starting at the base of your skull, your cervical spine (also known as your neck) is made of seven vertebrae. The cervical spine is responsible for holding your head, which is no small feat considering your head weighs several pounds. Because your neck is very flexible, making you able to move your head to and fro in many directions, it's also more susceptible to injury and pain.

The reason for this vulnerability is attributed to the biomechanics of the cervical spine. Some factors that can affect your neck's health are: injury, sitting for long periods, and side effects associated with aging ? to name a few. Neck pain is irksome, regardless of the reasons that are causing it.

Do you have a pain in your neck? The contributing factors are?

1. Accidents and Injury: Whiplash results from a sudden, abrupt movement of the neck or head that causes a rebound effect that may damage the tissues supporting the neck and head. The ?rebound? results from muscles that react to strain by constraining themselves. This contraction induces fatigue, pain, and stiffness. More severe cases of whiplash may be linked to intervertebral joint injury, or damage to the discs, nerve roots, muscles, or ligaments. Car accidents are commonly associated with causing whiplash.

2. Aging: Disorders of a degenerative nature can take the form of spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and age-related disc ailments. They all have a direct influence on the spine.

Spinal stenosis narrows the nerve passageways in the vertebrae. This contracts and blocks the nerve roots, impairing them. In addition to neck pain, spinal stenosis can also affect the shoulder and arm, bringing numbness and pain to these areas.

Degenerative disc disease affects the height and elasticity of intervertebral discs. Ultimately, a hernia or bulge may develop in a disc. This can cause numbness, tingling, and pain along the arm.

Progressive degeneration of cartilage occurs with osteoarthritis, a common condition. The way the body responds is to form bone spurs, and affecting joint motion.

There are also daily habits that can aggravate the cervical spine. Improper postural habits or obesity, for instance, can shift spinal balance, putting the neck in a position of leaning over to compensate for the imbalance. Emotional strain and stress prompts muscle tightness and compression, causing stiffness and pain. The stress on the spine can result in permanent neck pain, which may also end up affecting the arms and upper back.

A comprehensive assessment of the reported symptoms is made in order to pinpoint the exact source of the pain. The chiropractor may ask questions regarding the amount of time you've had the discomfort, what remedies or tactics you've tried, whether other parts of your body are affected, and what, if anything, helps to alleviate the pain. Neurological and physical tests may also be needed. As well as showing the type of movements that are causing the problems, they help to evaluate your range of motion, general physical shape, and postural habits. Your spine will be manually examined to determine its alignment and curvature, as well as establish whether there are muscle spasms. Your shoulder will also be looked at.

The focus of the neurological exam is to check for reflexes, muscle strength, and the extent and reach of pain. For some patients, more tests may also be helpful to make the right diagnosis. An X-ray, for example, helps reveal fractures, bone spurs, and a contracted disc space. Tests like an axial tomography scan, such as a CAT or CT scan, or a magnetic resonance imaging test (a MRI), could highlight the exact place of a dilated disc. In cases where nerve damage is likely the source of pain, an electromyography (EMG) might be recommended, as it can measure the responsiveness of your nerves.

Neck Adjustments: Neck adjustments usually translate into manual adjustments of the joints on the neck. Spinal manipulation may restore mobility of the spine and improve its range of motion. In addition, it may also raise the amount of movement of the adjoining muscles. People who get neck adjustments show greater capacity to move their heads, and tend to report less soreness, pain, and stiffness.

Research findings support the use of chiropractic spinal manipulation for the treatment of patients with chronic neck pain. Thorough clinical tests have shown that patients with chronic neck pain experienced marked improvement of their symptoms as a result of spinal adjustments. Even after many weeks of treatment, all the trial groups showed improvement of their symptoms.

Chiropractic doctors create personalized treatments for the individual needs of each patient. Other recommended approaches might be the use of massage and rehabilitative exercises, and mobilization of the affected area. Contact your chiropractic doctor; it's an invaluable first step to figuring out how to care for your cervical spine.

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