"For neck pain, chiropractic and exercise are better than drugs"... New York Times, January 3, 2012
Your neck, also known as the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine supports the full weight of your head, which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury.
The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect cervical biomechanics include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear and tear. Neck pain can be very bothersome, and it can have a variety of causes.
Typical causes of neck pain include:
- Injury and accidents ~ whiplash
- Growing older ~ degenerative changes
- Osteoarthritis (wear and tear)
- Poor posture
Patients typically notice an improved ability to turn and tilt the head, and a reduction of pain, soreness, and stiffness after a chiropractic treatment for neck pain. We will formulate a customized program of care that may combine more than one type of treatment, depending on your personal needs. Acupuncture and GRASTON technique are both adjunctive therapies that can be very effective in the treatment of neck pain.