Topic of the Week: Neck Pain and Chiropractic
Your neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull an contains even small vertecrae. Amazingly, the cervical spine supports the full weight of your head, which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility make the neck very susceptible to pain and injury. According to American Chiropractic Association, the neck's susceptibility to injury is due in part to bio-mechanics. Activities and events that affect cervical bio-mechanics include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, or every day wear and tear.
- Injury and Accidents - Whiplash, a sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction and the resulting "rebound" in the opposite direction, is one of the most common causes of neck pain.
- Growing Older - Degenerative disorders such as osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease directly affect the spine.
- Daily Life - Poor Postures, obesity, and weak abdominal muscles often disrupt the spinal balance, causing the neck to bend forward to compensate. Stress and emotional tension can also cause muscles to tighten and contract causing pain in your neck. Now more than ever - Text Neck is something we're seeing in many people of all ages!
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