Elkhorn Chiropractors help with neck pain, low back pain, headaches, muscle aches and pains and much more...
How well do you know your neck? Your neck is a delicate, mobile, protective structure that holds your head up and protects your brain stem and spinal cord. Many take it for granted....until it is injured.
It may seem simple when looking from the outside, but inside it is a complex structure that is vital for health.
Let’s start with your nervous system:
Your brain extends down through your skull and becomes your spinal cord in upper part of your neck. The nerves control and coordinate the function of every cell, tissue and organ of your body. They control all your vital organs including your heart, lungs, liver, stomach and kidneys. When you swallow, clear your throat, or take a deep breath these actions are controlled by the nerves.
All of the muscles that turn your head are also controlled by nerves. When you look to the right or the left while driving your car or when you answer yes or no to a question, be thankful for these nerves.
There are 7 bones that make up your neck - also known as your cervical spine. When you are a baby and you begin to raise your head to look around, your neck begins to develop its cervical curve which becomes the normal spinal alignment as you age. This alignment ensures proper movement of your neck, good nerve supply, and normal function.
Unfortunately, your neck can become injured from the birth process,slips and falls, accidents, or other types of stress other than physical stressors. Chemical and Mental/Emotional stress can do the same thing to your spine as a bad fall. Have you ever had a close relative die and felt the tension build up in your shoulders which later manifested into a headache? How much muscles tension between the shoulder blades to smokers have? This tension in the muscles due to stress, can lead to the joints of your spine becoming misaligned and causing stress on the adjacent nerves or causing stress in the nervous system. This is known as a vertebral subluxation.
Because there is so much affected and controlled by the neck, these subluxations can cause health problems such as neck, shoulder and arm pain, headaches, allergies, attention deficit and so much more. The list of conditions that can be caused by subluxations is long.
Rather than masking your symptoms with over the counter or prescription medication such as muscle relaxers or pain relievers, which can have severe side effects, it is better to get to the cause of the problem and get the alignment of your neck corrected.
Have you ever noticed an older person whose head was hunched forward? Think about how they had difficulty turning and moving? This is what you see when you look at them but what you do not see is the impact this neck dysfunction is having on their health and quality life because of the interference to the nervous system. Do you ever wonder why smokers have poor mid-thoracic posture? Subluxation. Have you ever wondered why people with a ton of mental stress have issues with forward head carriage and headaches? Subluxation. Have you ever wondered why people that bend, twist and sit for a living have problems with their low back constantly? Subluxation.
Isn’t it time you stop taking your neck, back joints, spine and nervous system for granted? Make an appointment for yourself and your loved ones today with your Elkhorn Chiropractor!
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