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Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn Addresses the Range of Motion of the Cervical Spine in Treating Neck Pain and Headache

The cervical spine is unique among spinal curves. Unlike the thoracic and lumbar spine curves, the cervical spine houses the spinal cord quite snugly. The diameter of the vertebral canal in which the spinal cord lies ranges from 11 to 19 mm while the spinal cord measures from 7 to 14 mm depending on the spine level. If the size of the spinal canal is small and the cord big, a condition termed stenosis exists and makes pain and disability a greater problem. (4-8) Whatever the size, there isn’t a lot of space for the spinal nerves that leave the spinal cord regardless of any disc herniation or bone spur and such that may form. Plus, the cervical spine has to support the average 9-pound head! The cervical spine is remarkable. No wonder it fascinates researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn and causes such pain for Ashburn neck pain sufferers. Fortunately, your Ashburn chiropractor knows the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions as well as the gentle, stretching treatment protocols of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to relieve the pain.

RESEACHERS STUDY THE CERVICAL SPINE MOTIONS

Such cool advances in the field of radiology are now available and may assist back pain healthcare providers like your Ashburn chiropractor more beneficially diagnose and care for neck pain as well as surgical colleagues create more suitable surgical techniques! New 3D computed tomography imaging allows a look at the cervical spine in various positions in normal volunteers. What did the researchers see with this? Flexion-extension range of motion is greatest at C1-2 and C4-5.  C1-2 is where 70% of all axial rotation takes place, too. C3-4 range of motion for lateral bending is greater than C1-2, C5-6 and C6-7. (1) Using Cox® Technic for cervical spine pain is designed for segment-specific treatment of individual segment cervical spine ranges of motion to ease pain and bring back normal ranges of motion as best as possible.

CERVICAL SPINE TREATMENT FOR CERVICOGENIC HEADACHE

The cervical spine range of motion is involved in patients with cervicogenic headache. When Ashburn chiropractic patients seek care for a headache, they will often note limited range of motion. That’s not uncommon. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation compared to spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache found that manipulation and mobilization have similar effects on disability, pain, global rating of change score, and cervical ranges of motion. (2) Our chiropractic care of the cervical spine addresses Ashburn neck pain as well as related range of motion issues like acute neck pain.

SPINAL MANIPULATION FOR ACUTE NECK PAIN

Acute Ashburn neck pain is a common issue for which patients will look for assistance from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors as well as general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are usual treatments. Researchers state that GPs were occasionally uncertain in referring for manual therapy as they weren’t sure about effectiveness and adverse events. In a review of randomized controlled trials published about the effect of spinal manipulation for acute neck pain, researchers revealed that spinal manipulation alone or in combination with other therapies was valuable for acute neck pain with no serious adverse effects being reported. (3) Your Ashburn chiropractor who knows the cervical spine well and provides safe spinal manipulation works alongside Ashburn general practitioners to help neck pain sufferers attain relief.

CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn

Check out this PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management helps him help his patients with neck pain and headache relief.

Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic appointment today. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions affecting it merit a unique treatment protocol to take care of pain. At Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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