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Back Pain - Dr. David E. Carry of Goodlife Chiropractic Redondo Beach CA.

The neck is suseptible to injury

Redondo Beach Chiropractor Dr. David Carry Explains why Neck pain is sooooo common!

Most people do not realize how often they move their neck until pains kick in.  The neck is a very susceptible to injury due to the fact it has a huge degree of flexibility and very little amount of muscular stabilization.  The human head weighs about the same as an average size bowling ball, 10-12lbs.  Can you picture a bowling ball being supported by a thin stick?  Well then you can see that it does not take much force to disrupt this delicate balance.

The neck consists of 7 cervical vertebrae (neck bones) that stack up on each other.  The extension of the brain, the spinal cord, runs down through the neck and sends out pairs of nerves between each one of these vertebrae.  These nerves run up to the head, down into the arms, and to the upper back.  Now, if the neck has a lot of pressure leaning forward, it can stretch the spinal cord anywhere from 5-7mm.  Wow! Pressure can also be placed on the pairs of nerves that exit the spine.  These are not  good things.  This is where symptoms start to set in and unfortunately leads to poor health.


7 Problems the neck contributes to:

1. Numbness, tingling, cold, aching, and “pins and needles” in the arms or hands.

2. Headaches.

3. Muscle spasms in the shoulders and upper back.

4. Ringing in the ears.

5. Otitis media (inflammation in the middle ear, often mistaken for an ear infection in children).

6. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).

7. Restricted range of motion and chronic tightness in the neck and upper back.




The Causes of Neck and Upper Back Pain

Most neck and upper back pain can be caused by a many factors, including injuries, bad posture, stress, and in some cases, disc problems.


Whiplash is one of the most common injuries to the neck.  Whiplash is caused by a sudden movement of the head, either backward, forward, or sideways, that injures supporting neck muscles, ligaments, which can seriously irritate nerves in the spine.  Whiplash should be taken very seriously because the symptoms can take weeks or months to manifest and create bigger problems down the road. Many studies show nearly half of whiplash victims, still suffer with symptoms years after their injuries. So don’t assume that you escaped injury because you don’t have much pain. Get it examined by a good chiropractor.


Poor Posture

Forward head posture and poor posture is very common for people who are hunched over their computers, desks, or driving long periods of time.  This will create imbalances in the muscles and spine, which can lead to nerve irritation. 




When people become stressed their muscles become tight, especially the upper back and neck.  This is a survival response designed to guard or protect the body.  Stress can be a good thing, but when you are constantly under stress, that’s when it becomes a problem and starts to sneak up to you causing unwanted aches and pains.

Disc Herniations or Bulges

The discs in your neck can weaken and bulge putting pressure on the nerves that are next to them.


Have you been noticing some of the above symptoms?

Then get checked out by a good chiropractor. Contact us today to find out how we can help!