If a soothing massage doesn’t help your neck pain, your condition might be more serious that you think.
Do you suffer from constant neck pains or shoulder aches?
You probably find that despite getting a soothing massage, or even basic chiropractic treatment, the pain never fully goes away. This is because because most treatments focus on the site of the pain, but the truth is that the root cause of nearly all neck and shoulder pain is loss of the natural neck curve.
You see, when your spine is correctly aligned, your neck should show a backwards c-shaped curve known as cervical lordosis. The curve allows the weight of your head to rest on top of the neck without causing excessive stress in the discs and vertebrae supporting it. It also means your head can move freely without putting unnecessary strain on the muscles in your neck and shoulders.
Forward Head Posture and the Loss of Neck Curvature
The loss of curvature arises when we repeatedly disrupt this delicate balance between the muscles, ligaments and tendons with poor posture. This happens when you assume a forward head posture for long periods of time.
Think of people in front of laptops and computer screens – it seems like they are almost trying to dive into the screen with their head to see what’s on it. What’s worse is that the same people do this for hours, day in and day out, and not knowing that their posture is slowly causing the curve in the neck to reverse.
This condition is common in adults, particularly working class professionals. In fact, according to a study in Hong Kong, more than ⅓ of the office workers have a postural issue that makes them susceptible to neck pains and shoulder aches.
But what is more alarming is this: We now see forward head postures and loss of curvature in younger and younger children, primarily due to poor postural alignment while they are studying for long periods of time.
Long Term Effects of Loss of Lordosis
Forward head posture and loss of lordosis can lead to pain and long-term damage.
The poor alignment causes a dramatic increase of load on the neck, making the stress 2 or 3 times greater than normal. Think about this: on average your head weighs about the same as a bowling ball – imagine carrying two more of those on top of your head!
This additional weight increases the gravitational load on the supportive bones, joints and discs because the center of gravity of the head has shifted more towards the cervical spine. It also puts an increased demand on the muscles to hold the head upright. The significant effects can be observed in the x-rays below – decreased height of the discs and bone spurs with some cases even showing calcification in tendons in the neck.
As you can imagine, it doesn’t take long for that kind of strain to have a negative effect, causing muscle pain and intense headaches. In fact, loss of cervical lordosis is responsible for nearly all neck and shoulder pain.
Left to get worse over the years, tense muscles and neck pains will eventually cause decreased disc height. Some of these even cause bone spurs and even calcification in the neck tendons, causing cervical spondylosis (arthritis in your neck bones).
If treatment is not pursued, the segments in the neck can fuse, causing inflammation in the spine, and shooting pains in the neck and shoulders.
Neck Pain Treatment that Works
Fortunately, the spinal curvature in the neck can be restored in almost all cases. At Precision Spine, we use a specialized treatment program called The Neck Solution.
The Neck Solution is designed to address your neck pain at the root cause. Instead of just giving you a massage or regular chiropractic care, we use advanced and highly specialized techniques to restore the natural curve and function of the neck and bring a halt to the progressive destruction and pain caused by poor neck alignment.
We base our diagnoses on detailed X-rays, which ensures your treatment plan will precisely target your particular misalignment. This detailed approach means our results are reliable and long lasting.
Let Us Help You with Your Neck and Shoulder Pain
It’s time to be proactive and take charge of your neck pain. Talk to us. Take your first step in getting proper treatment for your neck pain today.