Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries 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 the thoracic and lumbar spine curves, the cervical spine houses the spinal cord quite snugly. The diameter of the vertebral canal in which the spinal cord lies varies from 11 to 19 mm while the spinal cord measures from 7 to 14 mm depending on the level of the spine. If the size of the spinal canal is little and the cord big, a condition termed stenosis exists and creates greater pain and disability. (4-8) Whatever the size, there isn’t a lot of space for the spinal nerves that leave the spinal cord let alone any disc herniation or bone spur and such that may develop. Plus, the cervical spine has to support the average 9-pound head! The cervical spine is remarkable. No wonder it appeals to researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries and produces such pain for Manchester neck pain sufferers. Luckily, your Manchester chiropractor knows 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 field of radiology are now available and may assist back pain healthcare providers like your Manchester chiropractor better diagnose and care for neck pain and surgical colleagues create more appropriate surgical techniques! Innovative 3D computed tomography imaging allows a look at the cervical spine in different positions in normal volunteers. What did the researchers find happens in the neck 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 allows segment-specific treatment of individual segment cervical spine ranges of motion to decrease pain and restore normal ranges of motion as best as possible.

CERVICAL SPINE TREATMENT FOR CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

The cervical spine range of motion is involved in patients with cervicogenic headache. When Manchester chiropractic patients seek care for a headache, they will often describe limited range of motion. That isn’t unusual. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation versus spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache explained that manipulation and mobilization have comparable effects on disability, pain, global rating of change score, and cervical ranges of motion. (2) Our chiropractic care of the cervical spine takes care of Manchester neck pain as well as associated range of motion issues like acute neck pain.

SPINAL MANIPULATION FOR ACUTE NECK PAIN

Acute Manchester neck pain is a typical condition for which patients will seek assistance from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors as well as general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are typical treatments. Researchers state that GPs were sometimes hesitant to refer for manual therapy as they weren’t sure about effectiveness and adverse events. In a review of randomized controlled trials published about the effect of spinal manipulation for acute neck pain, researchers revealed that spinal manipulation alone or in combination with other modalities was valuable for acute neck pain with no reported serious adverse effects. (3) Your Manchester chiropractor who knows the cervical spine well and delivers safe spinal manipulation works alongside Manchester general practitioners to assist neck pain sufferers get relief.

CONTACT Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries

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

Schedule your Manchester chiropractic appointment today. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions affecting it merit a unique treatment protocol to ease pain. At Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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