The neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine supports the full weight of your head which is, on average, about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury.
The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect cervical biomechanics include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and everyday wear-and-tear. Neck pain can be very bothersome, and it can have a variety of causes.
A neck adjustment (also known as cervical manipulation) is a precise procedure where pressure is applied to the joints of the neck, usually by hand. A neck adjustment works to improve the mobility of the spine and to restore range of motion. Patients typically notice an improved ability to turn and tilt the head as well as a reduction of pain, soreness, and stiffness.
Our team here at Northwest Reno Chiropractic have developed a program of care that combine more than one type of treatment depending on your particular case. In addition to manipulation, the treatment plan may also include mobilization, massage, cervical traction, low-level laser therapy, or rehabilitative exercises.
If you are experiencing neck pain, call our office at (775) 324-3700 for an assessment today!