Neck Pain and Cervical Curvature – What is the Link?

Neck pain and shoulder aches are commonly associated with tight and sore muscles. The muscles affected in the neck and shoulder region extend from the base of the skull to the shoulders and half way down between the shoulder blades.

Good Alignment of NeckIt is easy to see the link between sore and tired muscles and neck pain, but what is causing this adverse effect in your neck and shoulder muscles?

In a normal healthy neck, the spine is curved backwards and this is called cervical lordosis. This curve is essential in allowing your head to balance on your neck bones and letting the muscles to remain fairly relaxed, while providing stability and support.

This balance is delicate and can be easily disrupted. Take your posture for instance- just by shifting your head forward by one inch, yes, just one inch from its ideal position, the amount of load on your cervical spine and its muscles is doubled!

This small forward shift is something that is very common and it can be noticed in people working at their workstations in a typical office.

Neck X RayNow imagine that you walk around with this minor shift in your posture that has a huge impact on your spine and muscles. It will not take long before you begin to experience discomfort in the affected area. Perhaps you may seek relief for the aches from massage but the relief is only temporary.

For a lasting relief, the solution would have been to correct your posture. If the condition is not treated soon enough, loss of cervical lordosis will set in and this structural change can cause a permanent problem. However, it can be corrected with our treatment that has proven results.

Our expertise lies in spinal correction and rehabilitation. Present your case to us and find out what we can do for you to treat your neck pain.

About the Author

Dr Will was the youngest student ever accepted into the Scandinavian Chiropractic College Stockholm, Sweden, and in 1997, became the youngest graduate from the college at the age of 21 and immediately began practicing as a chiropractor.