Shrewsbury, Wall, & Lacey Chiropractic Offices Offers Drug Free Solution to Neck Pain

In nature, the shape of a circle, or sphere, is the strongest three dimensional figure; geometry also posits that the circle is the strongest structural shape. This is true because when stress is distributed equally along an arc, it cannot be concentrated on any one point.

The human body is an incredible structure. It has incorporated this strongest of shapes in the neck, which was designed to curve in order to provide greater shock absorption and weight bearing ability in order to hold up the head. When in a normal, healthy position, this cervical lordosis (neck curvature) allows the spinal cord to remain soft for a better flow of blood and nerves to the rest of the body.

Neck Pain and Posture

One of the most common causes of neck pain is poor posture, which can lead to a change in the shape and position of the curve of the neck. When viewed from the side, the neck should have a c-shaped curve (between 40 and 60 degrees).

Poor posture may be caused by the following:

• Daily activities: Routine behaviors such as sitting too long at a desk or behind a computer as well as sleeping in an awkward position may result in unhealthy posture.
• Lifestyle: Issues with obesity, or weak abdominal muscles, can disrupt the spine’s balance and cause postural issues. However, even healthy activities such as gardening or tennis have the potential to cause problems.
• Aging: Age related disorders such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease directly affect the cervical spine.
• Injury and Accidents: Whiplash is the sudden forced movement of the head or neck in any direction and the resulting rebound of the head or neck in the opposite direction. The abrupt whipping motion causes injury to the surrounding and supporting tissues of the neck and head.

Poor posture most commonly leads to a loss or even a reversal in the normal curvature of the neck. It often results in a forward head position. For every inch that the head moves forward in posture, the weight of the head on the neck increases exponentially by ten pounds. For example, a forward neck posture of three inches increases the weight of the head by thirty pounds (the average human head is ten pounds), and the pressure placed on the muscles of the neck increases six times.

When the spine is misaligned (subluxated), normal movement is altered, and inflammation is the result. Poor posture places abnormal stress on bones, which are then forced to remodel in order to accommodate this new pressure. This action spurs osteoblast cells in the bone to activate more growth, which presents as bone spurs and initiates an inflammatory response. Over time, this condition can lead to arthritis.

Treating Posture and Neck Pain at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation

Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation incorporates a number of techniques in order to ensure the total health and well-being of clients. This includes emphasizing a healthy lifestyle and helping patients commit to changing damaging behaviors (in particular, the behaviors that may be causing pain).

Unlike painkilling drugs, chiropractic treats the cause of pain, not just the pain itself. Because chiropractors are trained in the care of non-surgical conditions of the neck, consulting one of these specialists is an obvious solution.

Chiropractic treatment for neck pain at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation is a particularly relevant option for the sufferers of neck pain in that the practice emphasizes the importance of correcting or improving the overall structure of the spine. Our practice uses a number of established techniques to treat the causes of neck pain, as well as a revolutionary method known as Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP). CBP corrects whole spinal misalignments in order to achieve longer lasting relief from neck pain.

Contact Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation to learn more about how chiropractic treatment can help you return to your normal activities quickly and without pain.