NECK PROBLEMS

How is the Neck designed and what is its function?


Within the neck lies the cervical spine, the upper most portion of the spinal column. The Cervical spine is structurally and functionally unique from the other areas of the spinal column.

The Cervical spine is the most flexible part of the spinal column. It has many important functions which includes support and mobility to the head and neck, provides essential information for the balance and coordination of the body and protection for the upper spinal cord and associated spinal nerves. 

Cause


There are many causes of neck pain. Some  result from acute injuries which cannot be avoided, such as an automobile accident resulting in injury. Other causes can be avoided and result from the use of "bad" or improper habits and techniques, such as poor posture and improper lifting. These "other causes" make up the majority of neck pain and can be effectively treated once the cause(s) is/are identified and the appropriate measures to avoid these "bad" and improper habits and techniques are implemented. 

Some of the more common causes of neck pain include:  

 

  • misalignment in the shoulder or collar bone joints.

  • lack of proper spinal alignments 

  • presence of cervical spinal joint restrictions

  • improper workstation setup 

  • poor posture 

  • prolonged sitting 

  • excessive repetitive neck motions 

  • improper telephone techniques 

  • excessive mental stress 

  • physical inactivity  

 

Treatments


The Wolff Clinic treatment for neck pain incorporates the use of many therapies (i.e.: Neuro Muscular Strength Testing, NMST), all of which are gentle, safe, natural and non invasive. In most cases however, the chiropractor will use an adjustment to correct spinal restrictions or joint misallingments. An adjustment involves the gentle and specific application of a force to the joint or spine in order to allow the body to restore normal joint and nervous system function. This is pain FREE. Management of the condition may involve specific advice on exercise and rehabilitative measures as well as lifestyle and nutritional counceling. 

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