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Neck Pain

Understanding your neck pain.

Imagine trying to balance a bowling ball on a stick. To make it more difficult, tilt the stick forward while trying to maintain balance of the bowling ball. That’s what its like trying to support your head on your neck if it loses its natural curve.

Your neck was created with a built- in shock absorber called a curve or lordosis. This was formed by design because the curve acts like a spring and absorbs the shock of your head resting on your neck. Think of the same bowling ball now resting on a large spring… can you see and feel the difference?


When your neck loses its curve. This can occur from a motor vehicle accident, chronic poor posture or uncorrected vertebral subluxation complexes.

Once your neck has lost it normal curve, your neck and shoulder muscles attempts to hold your head in the proper position. Unfortunately, they were not created for this and they tire easily. Unless you decide to let your head drop into your lap, your neck muscles will have to continue holding up your head long after becoming fatigued. That’s precisely when muscle spasms occur, and tightness begins in your neck and shoulders.


A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, compared three modes of treatment to determine which was the most effective in improving mobility and reducing neck pain. One hundred eighty-three patients between the ages of 18 to 70 who had reported complaints of neck pain for a minimum two-week period, participated in the study.


Group one received continued routine care by a medical doctor and were ordered to take pain medication and rest, group two received chiropractic adjustments, and group three underwent physical therapy and a supervised exercise regimen.


After seven weeks of treatment, 68.3% of patients who received adjustments reported that they were either “completely recovered,” or had significantly improved as a result of treatment- compared with only 50.8% of the physical therapy group and 35.9% or patients under a medical physician's care.


If you’re experiencing neck pain, ask your doctor of chiropractic to assist you in restoring your necks normal curvature. This may include stretching and exercises, cervical traction, and an orthotic pillow created specifically for maintaining the proper curvature of your neck.



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