The spine of the neck curves in such a way that weight and stress are distributed equally along its arc. Nature provides endless examples of the strength of the sphere; we also learn in geometry that the circle (the arc) is the strongest structural shape.
What happens when the neck—the cervical spine —loses its healthy curvature? For one thing, the weight of the head becomes exponentially heavier to carry, causing even further problems. For another, the flow of nerves and blood to the rest of the body are compromised, leading to nervous system malfunctioning. This affects the health of the entire body.
Neck pain is often the result of poor posture—which also leads to a change in the positioning of the neck. Sitting for long periods of time behind a computer—even regularly sleeping in an awkward position can result in unhealthy posture. Obesity is another culprit, as is the normal process of aging. In particular, age-related neck pain may be associated with degenerative disc disease in the cervical spine or osteoarthritis.
A sudden trauma—such as an auto accident or sports injury—may also cause neck pain. In particular, whiplash occurs when the head experiences an impact which forces the head or neck to move abruptly in one direction, and then just as abruptly pulls it in the opposite direction. This occurrence causes injury to the tissues of the neck.
Chiropractic care does more than ease symptoms—it addresses the structural issues which are causing pain. Furthermore, our office incorporates physical therapy into programs of care for neck pain and immobility as well as acupuncture for pain relief.