CHRONIC NECK PAIN SOLUTIONS: ADDRESSING THE CHEMICAL, MECHANICAL, AND STRUCTURAL CAUSES OF PAIN
When it comes to CHRONIC NECK PAIN there are three chief underlying sources of that pain……
- CHEMICAL: Inflammation is the name given to a group of chemical mediators that help cells and tissues communicate with each other (HERE). While needed for the HEALING PROCESS, too much inflammation can be a big problem. The biggest problem here is that inflammation always leads to the scar tissue that the medical community refers to as fibrosis (HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE). In other words, if you are SYSTEMICALLY INFLAMED, you are essentially TETHERING YOURSELF. You’ll see why that’s such a big deal in just a moment.
- STRUCTURAL: When most people think of chiropractic, they think of alignment. Are my bones in place or out of place? Furthermore, they tend to think of alignment in an A-P view. In other words, is the spine straight when looking at it from the front or back? While I don’t want to minimize the importance of this sort of alignment (scoliosis, various sorts of distortions, and pelvic torque), what’s far more common is loss of the normal lordotic curve of the neck (loss of the curve seen via a lateral view — HERE & HERE are a bunch of pics).
- MECHANICAL: When I talk about mechanical dysfunction, I am talking about loss of motion. What’s critical for people to understand is that spinal motion comes in two distinct flavors — sectional and segmental (HERE). It is critical to address both of them. Loss of structural and mechanical integrity (especially loss of motion) of the spine causes a loss of proprioception (HERE). While that might not seem like a big deal to the uninitiated, loss of proprioceptive ability of joints (particularly the spine, and most particularly the cervical spine) is being touted as the primary cause of all sickness and disease (HERE).
Understanding these points will help you grasp the differences between PHASE I and PHASE II of solving chronic neck pain (not just living the rest of your life on a CHIROPRACTIC “MAINTENANCE” PROGRAM). If you want to see how it all works together, take a look at a few of our VIDEO TESTIMONIALS. My goal is always to make as much change as possible as quickly as possible, while giving you the tools to do as much as you can on your own (HERE and HERE). If this concept resonates with you, be sure to spread the wealth by giving us some props on FACEBOOK.