At some point, neck pain is experienced by most of us. Most neck pain begins with some kind of trauma, but sometimes the origin is difficult to identify. With all neck pain—no matter what the cause—the pain itself tells us that there is some kind of problem in the functioning of the different parts of the spine.
The neck is part of the cervical spine, beginning at the base of the skull and containing seven small bones called vertebrae. It supports your head, which on average weighs about 12 pounds! Because your cervical spine moves your head in every direction, it’s very susceptible to pain and injury. Overall, your spine is an amazing versatile and complex structure. It supports and protects your internal organs and nervous system, while allowing incredible flexibility and movement.
Many different pieces have to work together to maintain a healthy spine. The spinal cord and nerves of the back are the communication lines between the brain and the rest of the body. The bones of the spine—or the vertebrae—protect those nerves. The vertebrae are separated by fibrous discs. The ligaments of the spine hold the vertebrae together. And the muscles attach to the vertebrae and provide stability and allow us to move.
When all of these pieces are working together in harmony, we’re not even aware of them. When one piece fails to work properly, all of the other parts are affected, as well. The role of chiropractic and functional health care is to make sure that all the pieces work together the way they’re supposed to. If they don’t, take some time to set up your free consultation, so you can get your life back!
Our non-surgical BackonTrac decompression unit may be able to help you, if you are suffering with: