How Do Neck/Low Back Disc Problems Develop and How Can Blair Upper Cervical Care Help?
Obviously, there are multiple ways that neck disc problems develop. There are two main types of disc injuries:
- The first is caused by a sudden high impact injury that immediately ruptures the disc and causes a disc bulge.
- The second is the result of abnormal posture that predisposes the disc to bulge through repetitive injury.
Since the majority of disc bulges are the result of long term weakening of the disc due to imbalanced posture, this post will focus on that specific type of disc injury.
Repetitive Injury From Postural Imbalance:
The upper neck houses the brain stem which is responsible for postural muscle tone. Once someone sustains a mechanical injury to the skull neck junction from minor car accidents, sports injuries, and other jolting injuries, this causes the postural tone of the body to become imbalanced. Imbalance in posture leads to the bodies weight being distributed unevenly and over time causes more “wear and tear” on the areas of imbalance. The daily stresses and strains of living unevenly over time introduce micro tears to the discs. Typically the individual experiences an “event” that triggers intense pain that signals that the disc bulge has impacted the spinal cord or spinal nerve. Most who have a disc injury in this manner think that the event that “caused” the first symptom was the cause without realizing that the process had been building for years.
How Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Help Back Disc Injuries?
Traditional forms of treatment for disc bulges involve procedures that perform some type of traction. The hope is that by tractioning the spine the disc will return to its normal shape, and in some cases, this relieves the patients’ pain. However, this procedure does not address why the disc injury happened in the first place.
Blair Upper Cervical chiropractic is concerned with correcting the underlying reason that spinal and postural imbalance occurs in the first place. Correcting interferences to the spinal cord in the neck though a precise and gentle correction, allowing the spinal muscle tone to become more balanced. Muscles that are tight can relax and not only can disc problems improve, but the overall body will also function better. This process generally takes several months for stabilization and is not an over night miracle. We have found that many patients come in for a particular condition and are happy to report that things that they did not know were related to their neck improve. The most common health problems we see improve by correcting the upper cervical spine are vertigo, neck and back disc pain, insomnia, migraine headaches, fatigue, fibromyalgia and more.
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