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Factors that Can Bring About Cervical Distress and Holistic Care that Will Provide Relief
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Factors that Can Bring About Cervical Distress and Holistic Care that Will Provide Relief

Your cervical spine, commonly referred to as your neck, is made up of seven vertebrae. Your ?neck? begins at the base of your skull. Your neck is what holds your head upright, which actually weighs several pounds ? this is quite a job. And while your cervical spine possesses a great deal of flexibility, allowing movement in many directions, this very same flexibility renders it prone to injury and pain.

This vulnerability is due to the cervical spine's biomechanics. Factors that can influence your neck's health include injury, prolonged sitting periods, aging and its attendant issues. Regardless of the reasons, cervical pain can present considerable discomfort.

The following are contributing factors to neck pain?

1. Injury and accidents: Whiplash, for example, stems from a forceful and sudden jolt of the neck or head; it prompts a rebound effect that can harm the tissues which support the head and neck. The muscles counteract the pain by contracting themselves, causing the ?rebound? phenomenon. This contraction leads to muscle fatigue, stiffness, and pain. Serious cases of whiplash are associated with intervertebral injury in the joint, or impaired nerve roots, muscles, discs, or ligaments. Whiplash is commonly associated with car accidents.

2. Age-related Issues: Degenerative disorders can come in the form of osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and disc ailments that are associated with age. These affect the spine directly.

Spinal stenosis narrows the nerve passageways in the vertebrae, making it contract and block nerve roots and thus, impair the nerves. As well as neck pain, spinal stenosis may negatively affect the arm and shoulder, bringing numbness and pain to these regions.

A degenerative disc disease could impact the height and elasticity of intervertebral discs, prompting a bulge or hernia to develop in a disc, which in turn can bring tingling, pain, and numbness in the arm.

Osteoarthritis, a common condition, causes gradual degeneration of cartilage, creating bone spurs and affecting joint motion.

In addition, some routine habits can exacerbate problems with the cervical spine. Obesity and poor posture, for example, alters spinal balance and forces the neck to compensate by leaning forward. Causing stiffness and pain, stress and emotional distress tightens muscles, making them compress. Spinal stress can cause chronic neck pain, which then affects the upper back and arms.

A chiropractic doctor performs exams and investigates your reported symptoms in an effort to locate the exact source of the pain. The chiropractor may ask questions regarding the amount of time you've had the discomfort, what remedies or tactics you've tried, whether other parts of your body are affected, and what, if anything, helps to alleviate the pain. Physical and neurological exams will also be conducted. The physical exam will disclose your range of motion, posture, and general physical shape while noting the kind of movements that bring pain. Your chiropractor will employ a hands-on approach to evaluate your spine. This helps determine the spine's alignment and exact curvature, and tell whether there are muscle spasms present. In addition, the shoulders will also be evaluated.

The emphasis of the neurological evaluation is to examine your reflexes, muscle strength, as well as the pain's extent and reach. There are cases where other tests might be needed in order to properly diagnose your condition. X-rays, for instance, may reveal bone spurs, fractures, and the likes of a contracted disc space. An axial tomography scan, in the form of CAT or CT scan, or a magnetic resonance imaging test, known as a MRI, shows where a dilated disc may take place. Nerve damage may also be causing the pain; your chiropractor may recommend an electromyography (EMG) in this case, for this test can test the responsiveness of nerves.

Adjustments to the Neck: Cervical adjustments typically mean hands-on adjustments to the neck joints. This type of neck adjustments effectively improves the mobility of the spine, restoring range of motion. These adjustments can also increase the amount of movement of connecting muscles. Patients receiving cervical adjustments report an increase in their ability to move their heads, as well as less soreness, stiffness, and overall pain.

Experts are in support of the use of chiropractic spinal adjustments in the care of patients who have ongoing neck pain. Extensive trials have attested that people with ongoing neck pain receive significant help from spinal adjustments. All the trial groups responded to treatment, showing improvement for weeks after treatment.

Each patient receives an individualized program care that may include different types of treatment. The employment of rehabilitative exercises, massage, and exercises that mobilize the affected region may also be recommended. Make sure to contact your chiropractor. He or she will help you determine how to best treat your cervical spine.

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