There are many reasons why the cervical spine is so susceptible to chronic instability. The upper cervical vertebra are the smallest bones in the spine and sit directly under the head which weights up to 10-12 lbs on average. The upper cervical spine is comprised of some of the most mobile joints in the spine, which is why you have a lot of mobility in your neck, but that also makes it more susceptible to injury. The upper cervical spine is held in place by muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When there are traumas to the upper cervical area, the ligaments and tendons that prevent too much motion become slightly unstable, causing the joints to move in unhealthy patterns. If this sounds like you, an Upper cervical chiropractic evaluation will be able to tell if you are a good candidate for care. Give our office a call to find out more.
If your neck has become unstable from an acute injury like a whiplash, or from prolonged poor posture, the joints may be out of alignment in the upper cervical spine causing restricted range of motion, or clicking, popping, and grinding. These are all signs that the cervical spine is out of alignment, and possibly compensating from ligaments and soft tissue damage. In a specific upper cervical chiropractic office, we assess and analyze the spine to see if gentle, upper cervical corrections will be the best fit to allow the joints to heal. If you have seen someone grab their head and twist their neck until it pops that is the opposite of what we do in our office. We are working to find out what joint is the most affected and correct the alignment gently without any rotation so that the range of motion naturally returns and the joint heals and becomes strong again to prevent abnormal motion, and allow proper motion to return. If abnormal motion persists for long periods, the body will start to lay down bone to prevent abnormal motion, which is called arthritis, or degeneration. If we get to the problem early enough, we actually prevent that degenerative process and keep the ligaments, tendons, and muscles healthy and happy. If you are struggling with chronic neck pain and instability give our office a call to see if you are a good candidate for Upper Cervical Chiropractic care.
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