Your neck is the most vulnerable part of your spine. Not only does it support your 10- to12-pound head, maintain a gentle forward curve, and permit head rotation, but 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.
Most of the pain-sensing nerves in the neck are located in the pairs of facet joints on the back side of each vertebra. The smooth, interlocking surfaces allow you to rotate your head and bend your head up and down. If these joints become locked or fixated, neck pain can result. Chiropractic can help restore proper joint motion.
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. Your problems respond more slowly, and some type of on-going supportive chiropractic may be necessary.
If the weakest link in our bodies is our neck, stress shows up there. Your chiropractor cannot reduce the stress of your busy life, it can help improve your ability to handle and tolerate it. Without drugs or surgery!
Why did the doctor examine my lower back?
Many patients are surprised when their chiropractic examination involves other areas of their body besides the local site of their symptom(s). Some neck pain cases can be a compensation to problems in the feet, knees, hips and lower back. Your chiropractor sees you as a whole person, not just a collection of "parts."
Will I have to have neck adjustments?
If your problem is the result of abnormal motion or position of spinal bones in the neck, cervical adjustments can be effective. There are many ways to treat the neck, and your chiropractor has become an expert. Years of practice make these spinal adjustments safe and effective. Much safer than common aspirin or muscle relaxers!
How long will I need chiropractic care?
Some patients see quick improvement and then immediately discontinue their care. They often suffer a relapse since muscles and soft tissues have not had time to fully heal. Others discover that degenerative changes to their spines make periodic checkups a worthwhile investment. We‘ll make recommendations, but how long you benefit from chiropractic care is up to you.
If you experience neck pain and would like to take a natural approach to health, we can help. Our mississauga chiropractor has an approach to better health.