Upper Cervical Care for Neck pain

About the condition

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Neck pain is a very common condition within our society afflicting approximately 2/3 of the population at some point in their lives. The most common causes of neck pain (also called cervicalgia) is tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back however it can also be related to pinched or irritated spinal nerves in the neck as well as cervical disc degeneration. Very rarely, neck pain coupled with headache and visual troubles is an indicator of a stroke in progress.

Theory of how upper cervical treatment helps

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Neck pain is one of the conditions that people are most able to relate to good upper cervical care. As the head is misaligned over the atlas bone and the rest of the neck, the muscles of the neck must work harder to maintain the head level and balanced against gravity.

Correction of the upper cervical misalignment puts the head in the optimal place for the structure of the neck and spine to support it, allowing the muscles of the neck to relax and relieve additional strain on the discs of the cervical spine.

Occasionally, injuries to the shoulders or upper back can also cause the muscles of the neck to be tight and sore. In such cases, often the body will be able to correct the issue if the upper cervical spine is aligned properly, as many of these problems stem from the altered posture that is assumed when the head and neck are out of alignment. But should the other issue be persistent, an appropriate referral would be made to take care of it (with that treatment typically working much more effectively given that the posture now supports a balanced frame.