Neck pain can have many sources and can feel very different from case to case. Your neck can feel stiff, or you might experience sharp pain when you turn your head left or right. The neck is a complex combination of bones, ligaments, and muscles. It must be strong enough to support the weight of your head, yet flexible enough to provide the necessary range of motion we need. While there can be many causes of neck pain, here are some of the most common:
- Injuries – neck injuries can happen in a myriad of ways. Auto accidents, sports injuries, or even a slip or fall can injure the neck. Repetitive motion injuries can also cause wear and tear on the neck and lead to pain.
- Muscle strain – just as any other muscle in the body can become strained and painful, the muscles of your neck are always working to support the weight of your head. Spending lengthy hours hunched over a computer or smartphone, improper sleep position, or clenching your teeth can all cause neck muscle strain.
- Worn joints – the vertebrae of your spine are connected by several joints that can become worn if they do not move properly. The discs can degenerate and the body can form bone spurs that further restrict motion and cause more pain.
Addressing the Root Cause of Neck Pain
The vertebrae of your neck, called your cervical spine, work together to support the weight of your head. The head sits on top of a small bone called the atlas vertebrae. The atlas is unique in that it doesn’t have a spinal disc above or below it, and its joints allow for the most range of motion of any other parts of the spine. For these reasons, the atlas can also be vulnerable to misaligning. When a misalignment occurs here in the upper cervical spine, it causes the head to be carried improperly, which can create increased stress and tension lower down in the neck and into the shoulders.
An atlas misalignment can happen for any of the reasons above – injury, strain, or wear and tear. At Gilbert Wellness Center, we don’t merely want to chase around the symptoms of your neck pain. If the root cause of your neck pain is a specific atlas misalignment, we are able to use our detailed analysis to understand the exact nature of the misalignment in your particular case. Our gentle adjustments are customized for each patient’s needs, which is what allows us to accomplish natural, lasting results.
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If you are outside of the Sacramento area you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.