Chiropractic Care for Your Health — Cervical Spine
The Cervical Spine (Neck)
This article is Part 1 of 3, helping you understand the importance of chiropractic care and its effect on your health. The spine is divided into 3 main areas: the Cervical Spine (Neck), the Thoracic Spine (upper to mid-back), and the Lumbar / Sacral Spine (lower back).
Part 1: The Cervical Spine (Neck)
Most of the time people tend to ignore neck pain until it becomes severe. Even then many people will reach for pain medication to hide the pain. For many, chiropractic care for neck pain is tied to whiplash accidents. While it is true that chiropractic care is important after accidents and whiplash, many other activites could lead to neck pain, and ignoring neck pain can lead to many other problems.
Your nervous system is responsible for how your body functions — your muscles, organs, reflexes, immune system, coordination, and more. Around 10% percent of your nervous system can experience pain, so it is not uncommon for people to have problems in their cervical spine (neck) for a while before experiencing pain. One of the primary problems we all encounter in the cervical spine is called a subluxation. A subluxation is a misalignment or mechanical dysfunction of the vertebrae in the spine that results in nerve dusfunction or interference. It is a very common occurrence in the neck that may be caused by sleeping in the wrong position, texting, poor posture, accident, sports, and more. When a subluxation occurs, the vertebrae put pressure on the nerves, which can cause pain, weaken your immune system, and impair communication of the nervous system.
The cervical spine (neck) contains the first 7 vertebrae of the spine labeled C1 through C7. The nerves exiting the cervical spine are responsible for the head, neck, and shoulder areas. Science allows us to pinpoint the functions of these nerves.
The nerves in the upper section of the cervical spine supply the brain, eyes, hearing, intracranial blood vessels, lacrimal gland, neck & facial muscles, parotid gland, pituitary gland, scalp, sinuses, and more.
The nerves in the lower section of the cervical spine supply the arms, elbows, esophagus, hands, neck & shoulder muscles, thyroid gland, tonsils, wrists, as well as some aspects of the chest, heart, and lungs.
The cervical spine (neck) regulates the nerve supply to numerous and important parts of the body. A subluxation (misalignment) to the vertebra in the neck can lead to many problems. Chiropractic care corrects these misalignments and allows the nerve supply to function properly.
There are many symptoms caused by subluxations in the cervical spine. First, let me single out 2 very common problems caused by subluxations in the neck. Headaches and migraines. 95% of all headaches originate in the neck.
Here are some of the symptoms that can be caused by or relates to subluxations in the neck (cervical spine).
- Acne or Pimples
- Arm Pain
- Chronic Cough
- Chronic Tiredness
- Finger and Hand Numbness or Tingling
- Hay Fever
- Head Colds
- Hearing Problems
- Heart Conditions
- High Blood Pressure
- Migraine Headaches
- Persistent Hoarseness
- Runny Nose
- Sinus Problems
- Sore Throat
- Sore or Stiff Neck
- Thyroid Problems
A quick review of the list above on problems associated with subluxations (misalignments) of the cervical spine highlight the importance of taking good care of your cervical spine.
Chiropractic Care for Your Cervical Spine (Neck)
Dr. Steve Silverston is highly skilled at finding and correcting any subluxations in your neck. It is recommended to have chiropractic care to ensure that the vertebrae in your neck stay in proper alignment. Call World Class Chiropractic at (410) 461-3435 to arrange an appointment to correct any subluxations in your cervical spine. You can also use our convenient appointment form. If you have found this article to be beneficial, please recommend it to your family and friends.