Neck problems can cause headaches, numbness, coldness or “pins-and-needles” in the face, chest, down your arms, wrists or hands. It can also result in anxiety, insomnia, low back pain, ear ringing, dizziness, hearing loss, eye pain, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and many other symptoms.
Although, there are many causes of Neck Pain, their common bond is that they can all ruin your plans! Disturbing your activities, work and love life, time with friends and loved ones, your workouts, personal plans, loss of sleep, causing a lot of frustration and more stress to deal with.
We all know of how stress, poor posture, poor sleeping, sitting at the computer or being on the phone all day, old injuries or accidents, falls, sports injuries, poor sleeping position, etc... can add up and cause you considerable pain and discomfort. But there are other reasons for neck pain that most people are not aware of, like they should be.
The most common cause of your pain is actually from Joint Dysfunction. Joint Dysfunction is when a joint in your spine or extremities loses its proper mechanical advantage, leverage and function, also called misalignment. This causes your surrounding muscles and tissues to contract and protect the area(s), resulting in further spasms and contractures. The tighter the contracture, the more the restriction and decrease in range of motion. This results in further protective mechanisms, pain production syndromes and eventually joint degeneration and arthritis develop.
What makes our approach different is that we can offer you a more complete approach to taking care of your neck pain. Instead of just treating the pain, we search for the weaknesses and causes of your problem, then design a specific approach for your specific case to not only handle the pain but also to strengthen the involved area, design specific stretches and exercises just for you to do at home or at work.
Much like the many causes of neck pain, low back pain has many additional situations that can create your painful situation. Besides the disks, vertebrae, ligaments and other soft tissues, there are a tons of muscles that create stability, function and movement, more recently referred to as “your Core”. When these muscle are unable to perform their specific duties, your lower back fails to support your spine and your body goes into a “Protective Mechanism Mode”. This is a natural defense mechanism, yet it wreaks havoc and massive pain upon your lower back, and the rest of your body!
The low back (simple quick explanation) is made up of your pelvis, sacrum and lumbar vertebra, that functions with the help of your muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues.
The key here is the sacrum, an upside down triangle. it is designed to have the rest of your spine rest on top of it, and has tons of muscles attaching to the surrounding area(s), so that you can move, walk, sit, stand, run, etc. However, when even one muscle or vertebra doesn’t perform its duty, your body has to compensate for that lack and this is where your problems begin. If a muscle contracts, the vertebra or associated bone, which it is attached to, gets pulled out of its normal position, which then creates undue stress on the corresponding nerve root, causing a pinching affect on that nerve (pinched nerve). This can lead to your pain syndrome caused by spinal misalignments, Piriformis Syndrome, Psoas Contracture, Disk Problems from either a Herniation, Prolapse or Protrusion and so many other situations.
The great news is that our experience over the last 24+ years can handle and resolve just about any problem you may suffer from.