Caring For Your Neck
Why a Healthy Neck is Critical
What most people don't know is that the cervical spine (neck) is the most complicated articular system in the body. If you suffer an injury to the neck, the results of that injury can be widespread across the whole body.
What a Healthy Neck Feels Like
Your neck should allow you to bend, twist, and turn freely without pain, stiffness or discomfort. Neck pain or stiffness is one of the first symptoms to appear when someone's neck is out of alignment. This area of your spine moves over 600 times an hour, whether you are awake or asleep.
Neck Pain May Be Hurting You in More Ways than You Think
Neck pain is a common complaint. Neck pain is responsible for lost productivity in the workplace and at home, loss of sleep, fatigue, mood changes, and other problems. When the spinal nerves that come from the neck become irritated or compressed, they can also cause pain into the shoulder, the arm, cause tingling or numbness, and contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome (which may cause weakness, numbness, or tingling in the hands). Neck injuries are also the major underlying cause of chronic headaches, resulting over 18 million office visits every year in the U.S.
- Whiplash injuries from auto accidents
- Sports injuries
- Slipping or falling
- Poor posture
- Weak muscles
- Everyday wear and tear
- Joint problems or degeneration
Treatment and Recovery
A chiropractor is the doctor to visit if you are experiencing neck pain. Dr. Anderson is highly trained in chiropractic adjustment methods to treat neck pain. An adjustment reduces the irritation of the delicate nerves, reduces muscle spasm, and increases mobility and circulation so the body can heal itself.
How to Keep Your Neck Healthy
What should you do to keep your neck and back healthy after your injury is healed? Be sure you have proper posture when sitting and standing and a healthy sleeping position. Sleep on your back with a supportive pillow under your neck to maintain the normal curve of your neck.
Are You Choosing to Optimize Your Heath?
Most of us don't give a thought to the many functions the body performs on a daily basis, until we get sick. Chiropractic treatment promotes better health and faster recovery. By improving the communication of your nervous system chiropractic helps your body to function more optimally.
Many people wait to see a chiropractor until they feel sick. A surprising number of patients tell us that even when they are sick or injured they delay coming in thinking: "maybe it will go away." With prompt chiropractic treatment it will "go away" faster and you will reduce the risks of further complication or more serious injuries caused by a lack of treatment.
If you or a family member are experiencing neck pain call or use the online appointment form now to schedule a complementary consultation. The earlier you get treatment the faster your recovery will be.