Are you suffering from neck pain? Did you know that your neck is made up of seven vertebrae? Between each vertebra there is a disc (which is the “space” you tend to see when viewing your neck on x-rays). The discs have several functions with the main two being namely shock absorption and allowing the vertebra, on which they rest, to move freely in a multi directional motion. Around the vertebrae we find a multitude of ligaments and muscles all of which are designed to give both support and mobility to the cervical spine.
Between each vertebra we also have gaps which are known as foramina. These allow the nerves to pass between the vertebrae and into the surrounding tissues and regions of the body, allowing messages to be carried from the brain to the rest of the body. The biggest of these foramina are the ones found in the centre of the vertebra. These are the ones which allow the spinal cord to pass through the middle of it.
The vertebrae of the neck are much smaller than the vertebrae of the lower back (lumbar area). This is because the cervical vertebra are designed for high mobility, where as those of the lower back are designed to carry weight.
So what constitutes a healthy neck?
A healthy neck is one that is free of pain, has movement in all directions, has a normal curve and has disc spaces that are relatively large and the vertebra show no signs of wear and tear.
What causes a neck to become worn or damaged?
When you neck becomes worn or damaged, this results in a reduction of movement, the appearance of pain, a loss of the normal curve (lordosis) and the appearance of wear and tear (degeneration). So what causes this? The most common cause of a reduction in the proper function of the neck is trauma. This trauma can result from many sources: motor car injuries (whiplash), falls, sprains, strains, poor posture and overall faulty mechanical movement.
What are the symptoms?
The resultant effect of a degenerating neck is irritation to ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves and other structures associated with the neck. This can leads to symptoms such as:
and muscle stiffness
into the shoulders and upper arms
A reduction in
of these symptoms can vastly change a person’s ability to live a fulfilling and
Chiropractors are skilled at assessing and evaluating neck pain and its causes. Following an extensive case history, a physical examination is used to evaluate the cause of the presenting symptoms. A report is then presented to the suffering client in a simple to understand manner. Following the client’s consent, chiropractic treatment commences.
duration of the chiropractic care will be determined by the client’s recovery
time and the nature of the presenting neck pain.
How will Chiropractic benefit my neck pain?
Normally the benefits of chiropractic care will be seen quite early although this will also depend on whether the neck pain is chronic (long term) or acute (short term). All treatment is performed in a gentle and safe manner and to a level that the client finds comfortable.
At the Mount Street Chiropractic Centre in Heidelberg we have over 34 years of extensive history in dealing with neck pain and its presenting symptomology. All assessments and treatments are based on sound clinical practices and techniques and a positive client outcome is out main priority.
Inate Health operate two clinics. One on Mount Street in Heidelberg and one in North Carlton. If you’re located in one of the surrounding locations such as West Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights, Eaglemont, Alphington, Fairfield, Macleod, Rosanna, Viewbank, Bulleen, Springthorpe, Ivanhoe or East Ivanhoe, we aren’t far away, so book an appointment with our friendly Chiropractor Dr Joe Donnoli today.