Another blog post from Ann Arbor chiropractor Mike Tannenbaum, D.C.: Can chiropractic help get rid of neck pain?
Neck pain is common. I see patients every day at my Ann Arbor chiropractic office with neck pain. According to a National Center for Health Statistics survey, 75% of American experience neck pain at some point during their lifetime. The National Center for Health Statistics is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, known as the CDC.
The neck has seven neck bones, known as the cervical vertebrae. “Cervix” means neck. On a normal neck, these cervical vertebrae form a forward curve. The proper neck curvature requires a specific degree of curvature – not too much or too little. If the curve isn’t right, the weight of the head on top of the neck can, over time, cause neck pain, neck bone misalignment, and pathology (disease) in the neck’s soft tissue – and worse health overall. These problems, associated with neck bone misalignment, can also occur if the neck bones are not aligned properly in an anterior, posterior or rotational direction, as well. (Anterior = toward the front; posterior = toward the back; rotational = turning.)
Doctors of chiropractic pay a lot of attention to neck bone structure and can help properly align neck bones (and all bones in the spine), which can help get rid of neck pain and make the neck healthier. Multiple times a day at Tannenbaum Chiropractic, I see patients with neck bone alignment issues. Often these patients have neck pain and often they have chronic headaches. (As a matter of fact, I have never seen an individual with chronic headaches who did not have neck bone misalignment.)
To treat the misaligned neck bones, chiropractors perform chiropractic (biomechanical) adjustments of these bones and their corresponding joints. At Tannenbaum Chiropractic, this is usually done by hand (manually) and works to take pressure off the nerves in the neck area and also helps reset the sensory system in the neck region. The result is less pain, including fewer headaches, a slowing down of the degeneration of the neck bones, and overall better physical and mental health.
If you have any questions about this blog post, chiropractic, neck pain, back pain, or headaches, I can be reached at my Ann Arbor chiropractic office at [email protected].