Your neck supports the full weight of your head, which is on average about 12 pounds. While your
neck can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury. Injuries and asymmetries can cause cervical vertebrae to move out of
their natural position (Subluxation). Tendons, ligaments and muscles become inflamed
and worn out, the discs separating the cervical vertebrae can herniate or rupture, and
the nerves can be damaged or irritated from the subluxation.
As we age, arthritic changes in the vertebrae such as abnormal bony growth, disc
degeneration, and muscle or ligament deterioration may change the normal healthy
curve of the neck and result in irritation of the nerves in the spine. Neck problems, if left
untreated, can lead to pain symptoms experienced in the face, shoulder, arm, wrist and
hand accompanied with stiffness and loss of mobility.
Standard medical treatments for your neck pain can include muscle relaxants,
painkillers and tranquilizers. Medications mask the pain, but they do not address the
underlying cause of the problem. Chiropractic treatment can treat the source of the
problem with minimal or no medications and help ease pressure on the nerves and
prevent the need for surgery. In most cases surgery should be considered only when
conservative treatments are not successful.
The chiropractic approach to treating neck pain is to find the source of the neck pain
and correct it. By addressing the source of the problem, your body is able to heal itself
naturally. Neck pain often responds most positively to the restoration of normal spinal
function through chiropractic care.