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Looking for relief from neck pain? Our Holly Springs chiropractor is here to help! Keep reading or watch the video above to find out what causes neck pain and how to fix it.
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain is often caused by being in a slumped forward position all day. Neck pain can be caused by bad posture when working or studying at a desk, watching TV, or playing on cell phones. This puts a lot of strain on the surrounding muscles, ligaments and nerves leading to neck pain and shoulder tension.
Neck pain is also caused by stress – physical, emotional, and nutritional stress.
Physical Stress can include big accidents such as a car accident, a sports injury, or a slip and fall. It can also include daily repetitive activities such as bad posture, sitting at a desk all day, or texting.
Emotional Stresses such as work, school, financial difficulties, peer pressure, divorce, or the death of a loved one (just to name a few) can have a major impact on our physical health and cause low back pain.
Nutritional Stresses such as unhealthy foods, chemicals, air pollution, or contaminated water prevents proper healing from happening and can be a major factor in low back pain.
How do these stresses lead to neck pain?
Let’s take a car accident, for example. When there is an injury to the spine, it can cause the spine to shift out of place. When the spine shifts out of place, it can put pressure on the nerves coming out of the spinal cord between the vertebrae. Pressure on the nerves causes nerve interference which leads to a breakdown in communication between the brain and the rest of the body. This is known as a subluxation.
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is spinal misalignment that puts pressure on a nerve causing a breakdown in communication between the brain and the rest of the body.
Here’s how that often happens:
Nerve interference: An injury causes spinal misalignment that puts pressure on a nerve leading to a breakdown in communication between the brain and the rest of the body.
Muscle spasm: Since nerves tells muscles what to do, nerve interference can cause the muscles to become too tight (spasm) or too loose. Because muscles attach to bones, muscle spasm can cause the bones to shift further out of place leading to more nerve interference.
Swelling & Inflammation: The body sends fluid to an injured area in order aid in the healing process. This is known as swelling and inflammation and while it can be beneficial short term, it can have damaging effects long-term. Inflammation can cause pain and tenderness.
Reduced Range of Motion: When the spine is stuck out of place due to muscle spasm and inflammation, there is often a significant reduction in range of motion
Poor Posture: When one area of the spine is misaligned, other parts of the spine have to compensate. These compensations can cause the spine to get twisted up leading to spinal imbalance and poor posture.
Degeneration: When a spinal injury goes unresolved for months, years, or even decades, scar tissue builds up and degeneration occurs. Many people who experience back pain are really just experiencing the effects of an unresolved injury that was given years and decades to degenerate.
How are subluxations corrected?
Subluxations are corrected by gently realigning the spine and removing interference from the nervous system. This restores communication between the brain and the rest of the body and reduces the accompanying pain, muscle spasm, swelling & inflammation, and degeneration.
How do I find out if I have a subluxation?
You get checked for low back pain by our chiropractor in Holly Springs!
We use state of the art scanning technology to assess the nervous system.
A thermal scan of your spine detects nerve interference
A sEMG muscle scan detects muscle spasm.
A digital range of motion analysis detects joint movement.
A computerized posture evaluation detects postural imbalance.
A spinal examination detects areas of swelling and inflammation.
During your second visit, we will provide you with printed copies of all your scans and give you a detailed examination of all our findings and make recommendations to get you out of pain and to help you correct the problem long-term.