Neck Pain

Neck pain (or Cervicalgia ) is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives.

Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by numerous other spinal problems. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back, or spinal joint disruption resulting in pinching of the nerves exiting from the cervical vertebrae or both.  Joint disruption known as Vertebral Subluxation in the neck creates pain, as does subluxation in the upper back area of the spine. The 7 cervical vertebrae that make up the cervical spine are all linked together by discs, ligaments and tendons. The normal shape of the neck is not straight, it is curved (the cervical curve). The head is supported by the middle neck, lower neck and the upper back, and it is these areas that commonly cause neck pain. The top three spinal joints in the neck allow for most movement of your head. The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back allow for movement of the neck and create a supportive structure for your 10 lb. head to sit on. If this support system is affected adversely, then the muscles in the area will tighten and the nerves will be affected leading to neck pain. Some people also experience pain in the face, shoulder, arm, wrist, hand and fingers.

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