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North Brisbane Chiropractor for Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Your neck is a dynamic part of the body, which supports the weight of your head (4-5kgs on average) and allows constant rotation as part of your daily movements.

It is made up of seven bones called cervical vertebra that are positioned on top of each other in a lordosis (normal curvature of the spine). Each vertebra is separated by discs of cartilage and wrapped in ligaments and muscles, which are packed with a huge amount of nerve endings. These nerve endings allow the brain to accurately control neck movement and influence your overall posture.

With so many working components, it’s no wonder that neck problems are so common.

Can a Chiropractor Help?

Our chiropractors aim to understand the cause of your neck pain, and can help by using safe, gentle, and effective techniques.

One of the biggest studies conducted on neck pain (2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain) showed that Chiropractic (and other modalities we use like Cold Laser Therapy) is an effective treatment for most of the common forms of neck pain (1).

As part of your first visit to our office, our chiropractors will take your full medical history and carry out a thorough physical examination to determine if they are able to help you. In some cases, they will recommend that you have x-rays taken to assist their findings and recommendations.

If you are experiencing neck pain, you may develop other physical symptoms like headaches, shoulder or arm pain, and this can make day-to-day living difficult. When basic mobility affects your quality of sleep, ability to work and exercise, and take care of your family, it’s understandable that you want some relief as soon as possible.

To book a comprehensive Initial Consultation with one of our chiropractors, please contact us on 07-3356 9552.


Do you have a pinched nerve or joint dysfunction?

The classic pinched nerve can originate from a disc bulge anywhere along the spine. Pinched nerves originating from the neck can commonly cause tingling or numbness in the hands, as well as shooting pain and weakness in the arms.

However, you can experience the same symptoms without having a bulging disc and pinched nerve.
Joints which are in dysfunction are a far more common cause of neck pain. When a spinal joint is out of normal alignment, the nerve tissue around the joint can become irritated, creating erratic muscle spasms that grab and pull on nerves.

To determine the cause of your pain, our chiropractors thoroughly assess your neck and spine using orthopaedic, neurological and postural tests.

Whether you have a disc bulge, or other joint or muscle problem, our chiropractors have over 60 years of combined experience and are well trained to help these problems.

Getting to the cause of your problem…

Apart from obvious traumas like motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sporting injuries, most neck problems develop into joint dysfunction from an accumulative stress.

In today’s Digital Age, the biggest contributor to neck pain as a result of poor posture is due to our increasing use of personal devices such as smart phones, personal computers and laptops. This condition is fast becoming known as Text Neck.

If we want to help spinal problems, we must correct more than just the underlying conditions; we need to change the digital behaviours that are fast becoming an epidemic in our modern society.

By getting to know your digital technology habits, we also hope to help you correct any postural habits that are contributing to your problem.

Text Neck

Text Neck

So, it’s no surprise that we take a holistic approach to your wellbeing.

The spine functions as a complete dynamic system, with 24 moveable segments that allow you to move, bend and twist. In our experience, we find that problems in other parts of the spine and body can project stress into the neck, compromising recovery.

For example, dysfunction in the pelvis has been shown to increase muscle tension in the trap muscles by the neck (2). The pelvis is your foundation and directly affects the supporting core muscles. Without adequate support, the shoulder and neck muscles will brace to make up for the lack of support.

If a shoulder is not moving correctly, spinal muscles may brace in assistance, causing a nagging ache in the neck.

These are just a few examples of why we assess the whole spine and posture system.

Will a Chiropractic adjustment hurt?

Our chiropractors are skilled in identifying joint dysfunction in the neck and performing spinal adjustments that are specific to that joint. The action of performing an adjustment is not just scientific… it is a real art form.

With over 60 years of combined experience as chiropractors, we pride ourselves on performing gentle and effective chiropractic adjustments.

It’s important to note that a neck adjustment (which is a very specific manipulation) is performed within ranges of movement that are not painful. If you have an acute problem and it hurts to move your neck in all directions, we will often work on other areas that affect your neck position to help restore normal function.

We also use the latest technologies in instrument adjusting, such as the Impulse Adjuster (link), which work very lightly to restore the function to ‘stuck’ joints.

Cold Laser Therapy is another great tool we can use to speed up healing and reduce inflammation. Research has shown, when combined together, chiropractic and Cold Laser Therapy can double your improvement results!

The effectiveness of combined Chiropractic & Laser Therapy

The effectiveness of combined Chiropractic & Laser Therapy

Do you have a neck curve problem?

When looking at your spine from the side, there is a normal S-shaped curvature, which is essential for spinal health and mobility. Think of it like a shock absorption system.

Normal curvature of the spine

Normal curvature of the spine

In fact, research continues to demonstrate that a loss of this normal curve can create a variety of health problems (4-8) including:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Arm pain
  • Degenerative arthritis in the cervical spine
  • Dizziness
  • Lack of concentration
  • Thoracic outlet symptoms
  • Disc herniations

These problems can even effect children, with studies showing that, in children aged nine years and up, reduced neck curve (lordosis) was increased in the likelihood of neck pain, regardless of age (9).

What can you do to improve Cervical Lordosis?

Part of your chiropractic care may include an X-ray analysis, which is used to measure the degree of your neck curve.

This curve can be improved using a Denneroll Spinal Orthotic, which provides an effective stretch to your muscles and your spine. These cushioned supports aim to modify or correct functional and structural characteristics of the neck over time.

Denneroll Spinal Orthotic

Denneroll Spinal Orthotic photo

Denneroll Spinal Orthotic

A recent study found that correcting a loss of curve using a Denneroll orthotic lead to a significant improvement in head position, dizziness, chronic neck pain, and head repositioning accuracy (10).

Our chiropractors can recommend an appropriate Denneroll orthotic through a comprehensive review of your situation.

To book a comprehensive Initial Consultation with one of our chiropractors, please call us on 07-3356 9552.


References:

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(1) Haldeman S, Carroll L et al. (2008) The Bone and Joint Decade 20002010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders; Executive Summary, Spine 33(4S):S5-S
(2) Bruno & Murphy. Journal of manipulative physiological and therapeutics, Oct, 2011, 525-531
(3) Journal Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics. 2011 Mar-Apr;34(3):153-63.
(4) Kai et al. Journal of Spinal Disorders 2001: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Kai+Journal+of+Spinal+Disorders
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(9) McAviney J, Schulz D, Bock R, Harrison DE, J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 Mar-pr;28(3):187-93.
(10) Moustafa IM, Diab AA, Harrison DE. The effect of normalizing the sagittal cervical configuration on dizziness, neck pain, and cervicocephalic kinesthetic sensibilitEuropean Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine 2016; In Press.