Neck pain involves various forms of pain in the neck, shoulders, and upper back. This pain can vary in intensity and duration from person to person. Neck pain may radiate up to the head, or down into the arms and back. This pain may be a warning sign of more serious health conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or heart disease. However, often the root of the problem is a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. A misalignment can be caused by many things, ranging from injuries to poor posture.
Unfortunately, neck pain is not uncommon. It can afflict anyone of any age but is most common in adulthood. Between 60% and 80% of adults in the United States suffer from some form of discomfort due to neck pain.
Signs and Symptoms of Neck Pain
Neck pain and upper back pain usually involves tenderness or stiffness in the area. The pain may be dull and aching, sharp, burning, or radiating. For some people, neck pain may also be accompanied by headaches, dizziness, tingling, or a numb sensation. It may even lead to blurred vision, insomnia or difficulty concentrating.
Neck pain may occur from certain day-to-day habits, such as hunching over a desk all day, and looking down at a phone or tablet. Though, for some, neck pain is chronic.
How the Upper Cervical Spine Affects Neck Pain
The upper cervical spine is made up of the seven vertebrae in the neck that lead from the base of the skull to the upper back. These vertebrae have an important job. They help support the head, muscles, ligaments, and nerves of the neck and shoulders. And, they also protect the delicate pathway of nerves that deliver messages between the brain and spinal cord.
When these vertebrae are misaligned, it can cause a domino effect that wreaks havoc on the body. Pinched nerves, pulled ligaments, strained muscles, inflammation, and a host of other musculoskeletal conditions can cause prolonged discomfort.
Heating pads, ointments, and over-the-counter pain relief medications may sometimes help, but only temporarily. Realigning the upper cervical spine is the best way to help correct the problem and bring relief.
How Our Treatment for Neck Pain Works
Dr. Christina Coblish and Dr. Ryan Moeskau of Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Boulder utilize the Blair Chiropractic Technique, which focuses on upper cervical spinal misalignments and helps restore health by bringing the body into its properly aligned state. By using advanced diagnostic imaging tools and gentle yet precise techniques, our doctors specialize in using the Blair Technique to help heal the root of the problem. Once realigned, the patient can rebuild flexibility, strength, and improved range of motion.
Dr. Coblish and Dr. Moeskau specialize in the Blair Chiropractic Technique, which is non-evasive, drug-free, and effective. Unlike older, more traditional chiropractic techniques that twist and snap in jolting motions, specialists of the Blair Chiropractic Technique use 3D imaging to pinpoint misalignments and then use minimal force to make the needed alignments gently. This will not only relieve pain but allow the body to resume its natural healing abilities.
If neck pain is causing limitations in your day-to-day life, please get in touch with Dr. Coblish and Dr. Moeskau for an appointment. Located in Boulder, Colorado, Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Boulder also services Broomfield, Denver, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, and Louisville.