Understanding Your Spine: The Cervical Region

October 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:

  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Sinus problems
  • Earaches
  • 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!

Avoiding Back Pain at Your Desk Job

Avoiding Back Pain at Your Desk Job

If you’re like 86% of Americans, you do a lot of sitting at your full-time job. Almost all work today is done through computers or at a desk, and that means you don’t get much movement. In fact, your boss may frown on the idea of you walking around too much, assuming...

read more
What You Need to Know About Whiplash

What You Need to Know About Whiplash

If you’ve fallen or been in a car accident – even if the incident was minor – you may have suffered whiplash. While this injury doesn’t have the external signs a broken bone or cut shows, it can be just as serious.   Having your whiplash taken seriously and...

read more
Ways to Work Self-Care Into Your Day

Ways to Work Self-Care Into Your Day

Staying healthy is about a lot more than avoiding pain and illness. Yes, you want to limit how often you have to go to a back pain doctor, but you can do a lot better than that. The good news is that you can go beyond being “OK,” or “not in pain,” and actually feel...

read more
Why You Need a Digital Detox

Why You Need a Digital Detox

Millions of years ago, humans were developing and growing as a species. This consisted primarily of sitting on soft, comfortable seats, staring straight ahead, and moving very little except their fingers and wrists. Wait, what? That’s not how it was?   Our bodies...

read more

Managing Back and Neck Pain With Natural Remedies

It seems our society is almost trained that any time we have pain or discomfort, we should immediately go to the doctor to get medicine for it. We certainly have nothing against proper medical treatment, but we also recognize that many times pills mask our symptoms...

read more

4 Ways to Stay Active as You Age

As you get older, your body doesn’t work as well as it used it. You just don’t have the limberness, flexibility, and even mobility you had when you were younger. However, it’s vital to keep your body moving, even as it gets harder. The

read more

5 Tips for Staying Active This Winter

As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, you may feel like giving up your exercise routine or taking a break from being active.  The temperatures in Little Rock may not be as cold as other parts of the country, but they’re certainly not as comfortable as...

read more

Understanding Your Spine: The Thoracic Spine

Don’t be fazed by the big words. Having problems with your neck and shoulders is incredibly common. However, back pain is just as familiar to many Americans.   In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons that people see the doctor or miss work. A lot of...

read more