Can abnormal spine curves be treated by a neck adjustment?
It is widely accepted that the structural integrity of the spine is important for long-term health, functionality, and comfort. Abnormal spine curves can occur in a variety of ways depending on the region of the spine and the direction of the curve. For example, scoliosis is a condition of the spine in which it’s developed abnormal curves in the middle of the spine causing it to the curve where it should be straight.
When viewed from the front or back, the spine should maintain a relatively straight and vertical orientation. This is considered normal structural alignment. When viewed from the side, there are three curvatures that should be maintained for a healthy spine. The neck and low back arch backward (called a lordosis), and the mid-back curves forward (called a kyphosis). These curves allow for body balance, movement and flexibility, and structural stability.
Upper cervical chiropractors commonly manage patients with abnormal spinal curves by helping to restore structural stability to the spine, improve body balance, and decreased nerve system irritation.
Why abnormal spine curves affect my health?
Abnormal spinal curves are detrimental to health because they are, as the name implies, abnormal. The structure of the spine is important because of what the spine contains. The central nervous system is the “master electrical system” of the body and consists of the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord. These vital structures are very sensitive and as such require protection. The bones of the skull and spine serve as this protection by enclosing and shielding the central nervous system.
The spinal canal is a tunnel through the middle of the spine through which the spinal cord travels. Abnormal spinal curves change the shape, orientation, and passageway of the spinal canal which in turn obstructs spinal fluid and nerve flow along the spinal cord. When nerves become irritated, compromised, or obstructed, they are likely to malfunction producing abnormal symptoms in the tissues that they supply.
Consider a subway system traveling beneath the streets of a major city. The subway carries passengers from one destination to another. Proper and safe transit requires that the subway run on time with no obstructions. Imagine what might happen to travel if the subway tunnel shifted or turned suddenly where it was not supposed to. The train would have to slow down or stop resulting in delays, frustration, and even unsafe travel conditions.
In the same way, if the “tunnel” through which the spinal cord travels becomes compromised, the nerve impulses traveling through it may become obstructed. When this occurs, a number of symptoms are likely to develop such as:
- nerve pain
- head/facial pain
- neck/back pain
What is most common symptom of abnormal spine curves?
Abnormal spinal curves commonly produce symptoms such as:
- neck and back pain
- decreased range of motion
- poor posture/appearance
- muscle tension
- spinal arthritis/degeneration
Many individuals will attempt to alleviate these symptoms through conventional means such as muscle relaxers, massage therapy, and corrective exercises. While these methods may provide temporary relief, the underlying structural cause remains uncorrected. The only way to obtain lasting relief and restore proper function to the spine and nerve system is to utilize a structural solution.
Difference between abnormal spine curves and “text neck”
Many individuals are familiar with the term “text neck” which describes an abnormal posture caused by overuse of technology. “Text neck” differs from abnormal spinal curves in several ways. Abnormal spinal curves are classified as a structural issue, which means they occur on a deeper spinal level. This means that simply sitting up straight or changing your posture will not correct abnormal spinal curves. Text neck may be alleviated early on by changing the orientation of the head and neck while using electronic devices.
“Text neck” does have some overlap with abnormal spinal curves as they commonly occur together. Many individuals with “text neck” or poor posture also have underlying structural compromise, which leads to their symptoms being amplified. Safe and comfortable use of electronic devices requires a level of structural stability that leads to spinal resilience.
What is the best chiropractic technique for abnormal spine curves?
Chiropractic care is a conservative option for finding lasting relief from the symptoms related to abnormal spinal curves. There are many different chiropractic approaches, so finding the right fit for your needs is essential for long-term results.
Blair Upper Cervical technique is a system used by doctors all around the world to correct the abnormal structure of the spine. This system of analysis, adjustment, and management is precise, gentle, and effective and does not utilize aggressive manipulation (cracking, twisting, etc.)
Abnormal spinal curves often occur as compensation for a compromise of the mechanics and alignment of the upper spine. The upper neck is the most moveable part of the spine and as such is susceptible to injury. It is also the most sensitive region of the spine to the nerve system, meaning that a variety of systems of the body may be affected by irritation in this part of the spine. Blair Upper Cervical chiropractors restore the alignment, mechanics, and nerve system function of the upper spine to remove the stress-causing abnormal spinal curves.
Can chiropractic offer treatment for abnormal spine curves?
Many individuals with abnormal spinal curves have found lasting relief and improved quality of life by undergoing chiropractic treatment. Often you do not need to achieve “perfect” alignment to feel and function well. Understanding the unique circumstances of each person’s situation is essential for achieving lasting results.
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