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Chiropractic and Neck Pain

Low back pain is the number one reason people seek chiropractic care, with neck pain being in close second.

Causes

There are numerous causes for pain and rigidity of the neck. Listed below are some of the most common:

Referred pain from over or under functioning organs or glands
Dietary excesses or deficiencies
Emotions / nervous tension
Residue from past physical trauma anywhere in the body
Misaligned or “locked” vertebrae
Muscle contractions / trigger points
Biochemical imbalances
Side effects of medication
Residual effects of surgery to the eyes, nose, ears, or mouth
Muscular asymmetry
Dental problems
Maladapted bite splint or other dental apparatus
Malocclusion / dysfunction of temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ)
Herniated or protruded cervical disc
Arthritis
“Locked” or misaligned upper ribs
Hand, wrist, elbow, or shoulder lesion
Postural deviations anywhere from the feet on up

Chiropractic / Applied Kinesiology Approach to Neck Pain

Many chiropractors adhere to the premise of "above all, level the head" and with good reason. Due to the high density of mechanoreceptors in the cervical spine, proper alignment and movement of the neck is of prime importance for balance and for movement throughout the body.

Dr. Morrison specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of musculo-skeletal disorders and provides in-depth examinations to arrive at the root causes of neck pain. It is critical that patients are examined globally and not just in the area of symptoms in order to provide therapy which lasts. Dr. Morrison often employs spinal manipulation for neck pain as it has proven time and time again to be a highly effective method for alleviating muscle tension and creating proper movement of the neck. Each case is different however and therapy is always tailored to meet the individual's needs.

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