Can neck pain be a sign of Something Serious?
Neck pain may be caused by stress, anxiety, sports injuries, poor posture, poor sleeping habits,whiplash, motor vehicle accidents, trauma, pregnancy, excessive weight gain, work habits, etc. Cervical Facet Syndrome is the most common form of neck pain, arising from the misalignt of the posterior elements of individual vertebrae, supporting ligamentous stress, and nerve root irritation. This illustration clearly show the relationship between Vertebrae, Disc, Nerve root, and alignment. Neck musculature, ligaments, and tendons attach to the Vertebrae and have an effect on the normal postion and alignment of each individual Vertebrae.
Misalignments of the Vertebrae can cause nerve root irritation causing neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, hand pain, along with numbness, and decreased strength. These misalignments of vertebrae are called SUBLUXATIONS.
How does this affect you? Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly.
It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.
Subluxations are really a combination of changes going on at the same time. These changes occur both in your spine and throughout your body. For this reason chiropractors often refer to vertebral subluxations as the " Vertebral Subluxation Complex" , or "VSC" for short.
In the VSC, various things are happening inside your body simultaneously. These various changes, known as "components," are all part of the vertebral subluxation complex. Chiropractors commonly recognize five categories of components present in the VSC . These five are:
The Nerve Component is the malfunctioning of the nerve. Research has shown that only a small amount of pressure on spinal nerves can have a profound impact on the function of the nerves. This component is scientifically known as neuropathology .
The Muscle Component is also involved. Since the muscles help hold the vertebrae in place, and since nerves control the muscles themselves, muscles are an integral part of any VSC . In fact, muscles both affect, and are affected by the VSC . This component is known as myopathology .
The Chemical Component is when all these components of the VSC are acting on your body, and therefore causing some degree of chemical changes. These chemical changes can be slight or massive depending on what parts of your body are affected by your subluxations. This component is often known as biochemical abnormalities .
Chiropractors have known about the dangers of subluxations for over one hundred years. Today, more scientific evidence is showing the dangers of subluxations and the health benefits of correcting them. To be truly healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference from subluxations. Our goal is to allow your body to return itself to the highest level of health possible by correcting VSC. Chiropractors are the ONLY health professionals trained in the detection, location, and correction of the VSC .