What is Neck pain?
The Neck or cervical incorporates the first 7 bones (vertebrae) of the spine, nervous system of the arms and upper back controlling the muscles, vessels and sensory.
This important structure of the human body providing the support and mobility of the skull. It can become painful in particular when the atlas bone, the first cervical vertebrae called C1 is misaligned.
Neck pain or cervical nociception can be caused by many reasons, among the most common are:
- Atlas Bone misalignment
- Muscle strain, ligament sprain
- Poor posture (sleeping, sitting, standing, etc.)
- Awkward sleeping position
- Improper office sitting and ergonomics
- Bad standing posture
The neck is susceptible to injuries especially in sport, car accidents and falls where ligaments and muscles and their tendons of the neck are forced to move outside their normal range.
In some more severe cases the neck bones can also get fractured causing a serious threat to the health of your spinal cord.
Not many people link neck pain with heart attack, but it’s one of the common symptoms. You may also experience:
- A jaw or arm pain
- Shortness of breath
The soft tissue surrounding the spinal cord and brain can get inflamed from bacterial or viral infection, this condition is called meningitis. People who suffer from meningitis can have headaches and fever along with neck stiffness.
Other less common causes
- Rheumatoid arthritis: it causes swelling and pain of the joints, as well as bone spurs. However, when rheumatoid arthritis occurs around the neck area, it will cause pain and stiffness.
- Osteoporosis: this condition affects the bones and makes them porous, which can lead to small fractures. While this condition mostly affects the knees and hand, it can occur in the neck.
- Fibromyalgia: it causes muscle pain throughout your body, mostly in the shoulder and neck region.
- Age: as you get older, the cervical discs can degenerate. This condition is also known as osteoarthritis of the neck or spondylosis.
How can Dr.Tod and Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic help with Neck Pain?
Chiropractic care and precisely Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Therapy involves non-invasive treatment options that can reduce neck pain. As your chiropractor, Dr.Tod determines during a consultation any restriction to range of motion, observation of gait and posture, muscle testing, sensory testing. He focuses on all the information related to your medical history and may request images (x-ray, MRI, CT, ultrasound) to provide you with a proper diagnosis of your condition.During the report of findings Dr.Tod will provide an explanation of results, prognosis and treatment plan.
As a chiropractor Dr.Tod will also provide you with specific exercises for your neck (range motion), advice for proper posture during sleeping, during working at the office or in front of a computer. He will also provide you with ergonomic advice and general tips to adapt a healthier lifestyle to improve your quality of life.
If you are looking for a chiropractor for neck pain Dr.Tod can definitely help you to relieve yourself from this pain using the revolutionary technique of the Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic which is non-invasive, safe, effective and painless.
As a chiropractor and AO expert Dr.Tod uses many adjusting tools during atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments:
- The Atlas Orthogonal instrument
- The activator
- The Arthrostim and Vibracussor
- The Intersegmental Traction Therapy Table
- The Flexion distraction Table
- The Drop-Table Technique
- Erchonia laser