What if there was no pivot point in the neck: if it was just an immobile trunk that attached the head to the rest of the body? Every time you wanted to look up or down or to the side, it would require the coordinated effort of your entire upper body. Fortunately for most, this situation is nothing more than a nightmare. But the less care you take of your cervical spine, the more limited your motion becomes. Necks can end up so stiff and sore that even the slightest movement can cause excruciating pain.
Seven vertebrae support the weight and movement of your head. Because of this movement, and their location at the base of the skull, the cervical vertebrae are among the most vulnerable to injury in the entire back. There are many factors that can limit range of motion in the neck: poor posture and traumatic injury are among the most common. But anyone who has woke up with a crick in the neck knows that more intangible factors are also at play: simply sleeping at an odd angle for a few hours in a night can leave your neck stiff.
At Espinosa Family Chiropactic, we are experts in the realm of necks. We know that they are sensitive instruments and we provide the kind of sensitive treatment that ensures their range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments are beneficial to maintaining the alignment of the spine right through the neck. If muscles in the shoulders and neck are sore, we focus on reducing inflammation and improving blood flow to the tender region.
If your neck is feeling out of sorts, call our office at (916) 457-8825 to schedule an assessment so we can start getting you back on the road to health.
Dr. Raymond Espinosa, D.C.