When you consider the way it is built, your neck is an amazing combination of strength and mobility. Often referred to as the cervical spine, your neck serves as a flexible connection between the head and the rest of the body. Its primary purpose is to support and balance the head while controlling its movements.
The neck is complicated. It is made up of seven cervical vertebrae connected by a series of joints, muscles, spinal ligaments, discs, nerves, and blood vessels. The central nervous system is housed within the spinal column, and the neck is charged with protecting the brainstem as it exits from the base of the skull and transitions into your spinal cord below. However, since the neck is the most flexible and freely movable region of your spine, it is also more vulnerable to injury and wear and tear that can lead to neck pain. When you experience neck pain, the complexity of the neck can make troubleshooting your problem a challenge.
Examining Daily Habits for Neck Pain Relief
When you’re dealing with neck pain, staying active and maintaining as close to a normal daily routine as possible is the best thing you can do to limit the impact the pain is having on your life. You may, however, need to modify the way you go about certain activities or movements to reduce the risk of aggravating tender, irritated tissues. In other words, you don’t need to stop doing things, you might just have to change the way you go about doing them. The following list might provide clues as to habits that are contributing to your neck pain as well as solutions to ease the discomfort:
Paying attention during these routine daily activities can help you identify bad habits that you may have developed over time that can be contributing to your neck pain and preventing relief.
Lasting Relief is Possible with Upper Cervical Chiropractic
While it might be easy to find many short-lived solutions to neck pain like applying a heat pack or taking pain-relieving medication, the truth is that unless the underlying cause of the problem is corrected, the problem never truly has the chance to resolve. Knowing that the neck is complex, upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the one part of the neck that is the most complicated, the most flexible, and has the biggest impact on how the neck feels and functions. The atlas vertebra is shaped differently because it has a different job to do – the atlas supports the weight of the head and gives our heads a remarkable freedom of movement. Because it moves so freely, it is also particularly vulnerable to misaligning from accident, injury, or wear and tear. When the atlas shifts out of its normal position, the rest of the neck is forced into a stressed position to compensate for the weight of the head being carried in an abnormal position.
The upper cervical chiropractic approach seeks to restore normal atlas alignment in order to address the underlying cause of many long-standing neck problems. At Upper Cervical Health Center Boise, the gentle, effective methods we use are often the overlooked piece that gets people over the hump and feeling better. Ridding yourself of stubborn neck pain can mean the return to enjoying activities and experiences that you may have had to give up because of your condition. If you are looking for some much-needed neck pain relief in Boise, ID, contact us for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Grayson Blom to learn more about how we might be able to help.
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