Ease Your Neck Pain with North Palm Beach Chiropractor
You may be playing a never winning, ongoing tugofwar with your neck! Neck pain can come from a myriad of reasons. Your neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. Incredibly, 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 makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury. Daily activities and events that can affect your neck are sitting, driving, repeated movements, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head and everyday wear and tear. Neck pain can be very annoying and eventually become quite debilitating. Some other symptoms may be a feeling that your neck is just "too heavy", weakness in the arm(s), inability to work with arms over the head and even grip weakness. After practicing for the last 23 years, it has become apparent that there are treatments to help a good portion of the people that are suffering with neck pain. In my office, we have always considered ourselves experts in treating neck pain. However, after a number of years, I did notice that poor posture, obesity, and weak muscles were often disrupting spinal balance, causing the neck to bend forward or sideways to compensate. Additionally, stress and emotional tension added to these muscles tightening and contracting, resulting in a return of a person’s pain and stiffness. There are lots of complicated structures within our cervical spine that can be the source of pain and discomfort. Research shows that when we strengthen muscles, it gives the areas that are suffering from pain, a "helping hand". When evaluating neck pain, it is vitally important to include examining muscle strength to determine if there are weak muscles in the neck contributing to the ongoing neck pain. That examination should also include determining which muscles are strong. Sometimes, it is not just a weak muscle that is causing the problem, but an imbalance in your neck muscles. One muscle group can be strong, while the same muscle group on the other side is weak. This creates a
constant tugofwar which becomes a never ending battle of pain in the area. The results of your examination should then lead to a regimen of specific neck strengthening exercises geared towards creating balance. Remember, we don’t want to keep strengthening the muscles that are already "too strong". If you are having frequent neck pain or have had neck pain that keeps returning when your treatments stop, you may want to find North Palm Beach Chiropractor who can accurately assess the strength of your neck muscles and give your neck that "helping hand", so that the inflamed areas that are causing your pain can begin the healing process. The most effective technology to diagnose and treat neck weakness is the MultiCervical Unit or MCU™. It is a hightech instrument designed to diagnose, strengthen and rehabilitate patients with chronic neck pain. North Palm Beach Chiropractor who is the author of this article has written many articles about neck pain and various chiropractics methods. If you have questions please visit us at www.weinbergchiro.com
Published on May 26, 2011
You may be playing a never winning, ongoing tug-of-war with your neck! Neck pain can come from a myriad of reasons. Your neck, also called t...