Minster Chiropractic Center Addresses the Range of Motion of the Cervical Spine in Treating Neck Pain and Headache

The cervical spine is unique among the curves of the spine. Unlike its fellow thoracic and lumbar curves, the cervical spine houses the spinal cord a bit more snugly. The diameter of the vertebral canal in which the spinal cord lies ranges from 11 to 19 mm while the spinal cord measures from 7 to 14 mm depending on the spine level. If the size of the spinal canal is little and the cord big, a condition known as stenosis exists and creates greater pain and disability. (4-8) Whatever the size, there is not a lot of space for the spinal nerves that exit the spinal cord let alone any disc herniation or bone spur and the like that may develop. Plus, the cervical spine has to support the average head weighing 9 pounds! The cervical spine is amazing. No wonder it fascinates researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Minster Chiropractic Center and produces such pain for Minster neck pain sufferers. Fortunately, your Minster chiropractor understands the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions in addition to the gentle, stretching technique protocols of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to reduce the pain.

RESEACHERS STUDY THE CERVICAL SPINE MOTIONS

Such cool innovations in the area of radiology are now available and may assist back pain healthcare providers like your Minster chiropractor better diagnose and care for neck pain and surgical colleagues develop more appropriate surgical techniques! Innovative 3D computed tomography imaging permits a view of the cervical spine in various positions in normal volunteers. What did the researchers see with this? Flexion-extension range of motion is greatest at C1-2 and C4-5.  C1-2 is where 70% of all axial rotation happens, too. C3-4 range of motion for lateral bending is larger than C1-2, C5-6 and C6-7. (1) The use of Cox® Technic for cervical spine pain is designed for segment-specific treatment of each of the cervical spine ranges of motion to ease pain and restore normal ranges of motion as optimally as possible.

CERVICAL SPINE TREATMENT FOR CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

The cervical spine range of motion is addressed in patients with cervicogenic headache. When Minster chiropractic patients come in with a headache, they’ll often describe limited range of motion. That is not unusual. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation compared to spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache reported that manipulation and mobilization have similar effects on disability, pain, global rating of change score, and cervical ranges of motion. (2) Our chiropractic care of the cervical spine treats Minster neck pain as well as related range of motion issues like acute neck pain.

SPINAL MANIPULATION FOR ACUTE NECK PAIN

Acute Minster neck pain is a common condition for which patients will look for assistance from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors and general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are usual treatments. Researchers wrote that GPs were occasionally uncertain in referring for manual therapy as they were not sure about effectiveness and adverse events. In a review of randomized controlled trials published regarding the effect of spinal manipulation for acute neck pain, researchers revealed that spinal manipulation alone or combined with other modalities was effective for acute neck pain with no reported serious adverse effects. (3) Your Minster chiropractor who knows the cervical spine well and delivers safe spinal manipulation works alongside Minster general practitioners to assist neck pain sufferers find relief.

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Check out this PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management helps him help his patients with neck pain and headache relief.

Schedule your Minster chiropractic appointment today. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions involving it merit a unique treatment protocol to take care of pain. At Minster Chiropractic Center, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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