The neck of the human body is a bio-mechanical marvel. It possesses a wide range of mobility in nearly every direction. The neck serves as a conduit for the major blood vessels to the brain and is the primary pathway of the central nervous system. The cervical (neck) region is one of the most important areas of the body and a growing body of research clearly shows that its structural integrity and function are absolutely critical to overall health and healing.
The small bones of the spine are called vertebrae and are designed to fit together in an S-shape. This column of curves is balanced so that the weight of the human body is evenly distributed throughout the spine. If these curves are out of balance, the vertebrae are pushed out of line, placing abnormal stress on the nerve pathways, muscles, and soft tissues of the spine.
Humans are born with a C-shaped spine and the spinal curves develop in resistance to different gravitational stresses that affect the body. The first spinal curve to develop is the cervical curve and it develops as the baby learns to lift its head.
The cervical spine has the greatest amount of potential for malfunctions and for creating health problems that affect the entire health and function of the body.
Doctors of Chiropractic detect and correct vertebral subluxations by physically adjusting the spine to restore normal spinal function and balance which allows the nervous system to send and receive information. This allows the inherent healing potential of the body to best express itself.
Chiropractic adjustments restore the normal structure of the spine and maximize the posture of the human frame — a process that is unique to the Chiropractic profession
The Chiropractic correction of the spine is not something that happens overnight. The time frame for correction varies with individuals.
The corrective process requires time, and usually corrective exercises and changing of ergonomic and postural habits, but the results are worth it.