Understanding Your Spine: The Cervical RegionOctober 4, 2018
Chiropractic care is based on the relationship between your spine and the rest of your body. Disorders that affect your muscles and joints affect your general health in a number of ways.
Have you noticed that tension in your neck and shoulders can cause headaches, pain, and even problems keeping your thoughts in order? That’s just one example of how your spine and muscles affect every aspect of your daily life.
As you look into getting chiropractic treatment, it’s helpful to understand each area of your spine and the impact it has on your health.
Let’s start at the top, with your cervical spine.
What is the Cervical Spine?
The cervical region of the spine consists of the top seven vertebrae and is located in the neck. It does the job of supporting your head, enabling blood flow to the brain, and protecting the top section of your spinal cord.
The cervical spine is often at risk due to posture issues, injuries, and accidents. When you hear about whiplash from a car accident, that’s an impact on your cervical region.
The upper spine is also stressed by the amount of time we all spend on computers and mobile devices. Think about how much time you spend hunched over, looking down. That’s really stressful on your neck!
As a result, many people need chiropractic care to keep their neck aligned and in good health.
What Happens When Your Cervical Region is Not Aligned?
The spine is the central portion of the skeleton, and it’s connected by blood vessels, muscles, and tendons to every other part of the body.
Each element of the spine impacts a variety of other internal organs. That’s why is so vital to get proper chiropractic care to keep everything aligned.
Here are just a few things that can happen if your cervical spine is out of alignment:
- Sinus problems
- Pain around the eyes
- Throat problems
- Stiff neck
When your vertebrae aren’t set correctly, there’s pressure on the spinal nerves. This can impact your brain’s ability to communicate signals appropriately to all areas of your body. There are also concerns with chronic pain and additional injuries.
How to Know Your Neck Needs Chiropractic Care
So how do you know if you need to see a chiropractor for an adjustment for your neck? There are a variety of pains and ailments that are clear tip-offs.
Do you have frequent headaches, but think you just “have to deal with it”? You don’t! Get chiropractic care and you’ll find the strain much reduced.
Are you having trouble turning your head to one side? This can impact your ability to drive safely, work effectively, and much more. Get to a chiropractor for help.
If you’re struggling with neck pain, shoulder tension, or problems with your upper back, you’re receiving clear signs that you need to have your cervical spine evaluated.
Get the Care You Need Today!
There’s a lot of strain on your spine from your daily life. You may have a tough, physical job – or you may sit at a computer all day. Believe it or not, your spine is equally at risk in both cases!
Your spine connects to everything in your body – why not give it the chiropractic care it deserves? Contact us for an appointment today!
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