We treat all different types of neck pain at our office with great results. Neck pain can come from several different types of problems:
Neck Pain From Tight Muscles
When you’re neck is tight and irritated it hurts. Your neck muscles are contracting for some reason and most people blame stress for their tight muscles. That may be partially true, but your neck supports your head and your head can weigh between 10 and 12 pounds. That’s a bowling ball. When your spinal structure is twisted up and off balance, the weight of that bowling ball isn’t fully supported by your neck bones. Instead, your muscles have to try and support your head. This can cause tightness, knots and pain.
You’ve probably already noticed that massaging out the knots doesn’t work all that well. The muscles may loosen up for a while, but they tighten right back up again. This is actually helpful for you even though it hurts. The solution involves improving your underlying structure so your head is supported by your neck bones instead of your neck muscles. Only then will you get long standing relief.
Neck Pain From Stenosis
Stenosis in the neck is a part of the thickening of the bone in response to stress on the bones. Stenosis is the result of Wolf’s Law. From Wikipedia…
Wolff’s law is a theory developed by the German anatomist and surgeon Julius Wolff (1836–1902) in the 19th century that states that bone in a healthy person or animal will adapt to the loads under which it is placed. If loading on a particular bone increases, the bone will remodel itself over time to become stronger to resist that sort of loading.
The problem with spinal bones is that there are large, fat nerves running through large openings in the bone specifically for the nerves. If the bone is under abnormal loads on a regular basis, the bone has no choice but to thicken in every direction. This makes less room for the nerves and you can run into what is called Stenosis in the neck. But no one seems to know why the bone is under more stress than someone who does not have stenosis in the neck. I do. It’s simply poor structure throughout the entire skeletal system putting enormous pressure on the bones that have to thicken to support the stress. They’re following Wolf’s law exactly, but doctors are surprised to see this type of thing happen.
If a person has stenosis they need to get their entire body treated so the pressure can come off the vertebra that have stenosis. Whether it’s neck stenosis or low back stenosis doesn’t matter. It’s all fixable provided there isn’t too much damage and you’re willing to get enough of the treatments to take the stress off the problematic bones.
Neck Pain From Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis where bone grows and thickens in response to mechanical stress. This is also the easiest to prevent since the mechanical stresses can be removed by restoring your entire musculoskeletal system. This same process is that of stenosis, but instead of the bone growing in and pinching nerves, the bone is growing out towards other bones to start a natural fusing process.
Understanding the arthritic process is simple. Joints that are twisted degenerate and grow more bone to compensate. The joint space between the neck vertebra decreases and the joint is eventually destroyed. Catching this process before it has gone too far is the key. At Aberle Chiropractic, we have the technology to take the twist out of the body so you can get relief and the joint can heal.
Neck Pain From Whiplash
Whiplash, or as it’s now called “Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration”, is the process where your head gets whipped back and forth from a car accident. The hit can come from the front or the back or even the sides of your car. Either way, your neck gets whipped around. Now most doctors look at this as a neck injury only. That’s unfortunate, because a lot of damage is done to other parts of your spine and those get ignored if they don’t hurt. But treating these other areas along with the neck can give remarkable improvement to even long standing problems from car accidents. We’ve had patient unwind through all their old car accidents that they thought they healed from but didn’t. Once those old injuries are eliminated, the person feels awesome.
There is a way to heal the body even from injuries sustained in car accidents decades earlier. Don’t give up hope. Most people will say they’ve never been the same since a certain accident. The accident can be erased from your body when you get the right treatment which we provide.
Neck Pain From Herniated Discs
Neck pain from herniated discs are the result of the discs being crushed and twisted due to poor spinal alignment. They’re treatable and the pain from these can be eliminated usually fairly quickly if this is the source. Most herniated discs don’t hurt, but are blamed as the source of pain if they’re found on MRI or CAT scan.