Headaches Pt. 4: How We Fix Them 2/2


Abnormal Curve
Normal Curve

Take a look at these X-rays.

I’ll give you a hint, one of these necks absorbs force well and won’t wear out as quickly.

Unfortunately, the abnormal curve is actually more common these daysthan the normal curve. We can thank technology and desk jobs for that. When you look at the normal curve, the skull sits right on top of the shoulders and the spine is able to absorb most of your force in an efficient manor. When your cervical curve starts to look abnormal, more force is put on the muscles of your upper back/shoulders and the muscles at the base of the skull. This happens because now these muscles have to hold your head up all day.

When you look at that abnormal curve, is it any wonder headaches are one of the most common problems in the world? We already tackled part of our soft tissue treatment in our last blog post. Today we are going to take a look at what adjusting is and why it can help problems like this.

Forward Head Posture

This is what your head and neck look like when you have an abnormal or reversed cervical curve. Instead of the ears sitting over the shoulders, everything is out in front creating more muscle strain. This is classic posture for most people who spend their day at a computer or looking at their phone. So how can we change it?

We combine soft tissue, adjusting, corrective exercise and sometimes dry needling in order to attack the problem from every angle and reduce a variety of underlying problems. Scar tissue needs manual therapy and/or adjusting, weakness/instability needs corrective exercise, neurological tension requires dry needling and/or adjusting. We try to take care of every issue we find so that the underlying problems don’t stick around.

So what does adjusting do?

We use adjustments to find segments or joints in your neck that aren’t moving well and guide them in the right direction. For most people who have headaches and neck pain, there are going to be a few bones in the neck that aren’t moving well or in some cases that aren’t moving at all. The adjustment targets these joints that are not moving and puts a light impulse into them to encourage and create joint mobility.

If a joint does not move well for an extended period of time you get scar tissue first and arthritis second. This is why we put so much emphasis on joint mobility. We are constantly fighting to keep joints moving and healthy so that they don’t wear out past the point of help. We combine soft tissue therapy with adjustments to help manage and get rid of the scar tissue that forms from lack of movement.

If these joints get stuck more in flexion or more in extension it creates extra force on the discs, causing them to tear and wear out. We do everything in our power to correct that before it becomes a long term or chronic issue.

So to wrap it all up…

Most people who get headaches/neck pain end up having multiple problems contributing to their pain. We combine multiple layers of treatment into our plans to ensure we are taking care of each problem. By doing this, we save you time and money because you don’t have to go to multiple doctors in multiple offices. We also are able to figure out the best plan for our patients and see what type of treatment they respond to the best.

Give us a call if you know anyone who suffers from headaches or just chronic stiffness in the neck/upper back. We work on this stuff every day so that our patients don’t have to experience pain every day. 

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