Upper Cervical Chiropractic for
Are you having trouble moving your neck?
Do you feel immense pain and tension in your neck while working all day?
Upper cervical chiropractic may help improve your neck pain. At Liv Chiropractic Center, we work to determine the source of your pain while treating it. Pain is your body’s signal that something is out of balance. At LIV, we determine the source of your discomfort through a thermographic scan, x-rays and your body’s natural movement and function.
When You Should See a Chiropractor
While medications and home remedies alleviate chronic pain, they are not the ultimate solution. Side effects of the medicines are one major reason people tend to avoid their use. If you’re suffering from neck pain and looking forward to a permanent option with bare minimum side effects, upper cervical chiropractic treatment may be an option. An upper cervical chiropractic adjustment use various techniques to align the spine and adjust the muscles and ligaments to reduce pain and discomfort.
Prevalence of Chronic Neck Pain
Neck pain ranks fourth among the list of conditions generated by the Global Burden of Diseases concerning disability. Neck pain affects 30% to 50% of the population per annum, with a greater female to male ratio. The prevalence is higher among the high-income countries, more specifically in the urban areas.
Chronic Neck Pain is not Normal
Neck pain can be defined as pain in the neck that can spread to your upper limbs. About one out of three individuals suffers from neck pain every year. Your neck pain may be temporary and may go away with rest. However, if you’ve been suffering from neck pain for a while it may be long-term or chronic pain which requires proper treatment.
7 Types of Neck Pain
Muscle Pain – Physical and mental exertion causes hard knots to develop in the neck muscles. This leads to soreness and pain in the shoulder and neck muscles.
Muscle Spasm – Sudden spontaneous contraction of the neck muscles gives rise to the stiff and painful neck.
Headache – Stiff neck muscles elicit pain in the neck and back of your head. Moving your neck worsens the headache.
Facet Joint Pain – Inflammation of the facet joints of the cervical vertebrae gives rise to neck pain.
Nerve Pain – Irritation of the nerves at the spinal cord level causes sharp neck pain.
Referred Pain – Esophageal and cardiac abnormalities give rise to referred pain in the neck.
Bone Pain – Inflammation and other abnormalities of the cervical vertebrae are a rare but severe form of neck pain.
Causes of Neck Pain
There are many factors that may contribute to your neck pain from simple overuse to cervical vertebrae abnormalities. For example, if you work in the same position and posture for extended periods of time your neck position may elicit neck pain. Other causatory factors include inflammation of your spine, whiplash, and vertebrae abnormalities. Whiplash is the neck’s rapid, jerky movement usually due to a vehicle collision. Vertebrae abnormalities include herniated disks and narrow diameters of the vertebral canal that also may contribute to neck pain.
Risks of Neck Pain
- Weak neck muscles
History of neck problems
Alcohol and tobacco intake
Stress and psychiatric disorders
Symptoms of Neck Pain
- Headache and dizziness
Referred pain to the upper limb(s)
Nausea and vomiting
Treatment of Neck Pain
Home remedies to alleviate neck pain include using a hot water bottle, exercises, yoga, and neck massage with essential oils. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common over-the-counter medications used to manage neck pain.
The Different Types of Chiropractic Techniques
Chiropractic treatment involves manipulating and mobilizing the vertebrae to treat chronic pain, discomfort, and other health conditions. A chiropractor uses their hands and instruments to adjust the spine by applying high-velocity pressure to the joints.
Common chiropractic adjustments techniques are: Direct Thrust Technique, Gonstead Adjustment, Activator Technique, Cox Technic, Drop Technique and Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Neck Pain
Upper cervical chiropractors correct your spinal misalignments. The main sites that upper cervical chiropractors focus on are the first and second cervical vertebrae, called atlas and axis. By focusing on these two vertebrae, LIV Chiropractic Center is able to help improve your neck pain and your overall health.