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Is Your Cervical Spine Too Straight, Not Curved?

Posted in Cervical Spine on Aug 30, 2018

Is Your Cervical Spine Too Straight, Not Curved? How Do I Fix it?

Is your cervical spine too straight?  If your neck is too straight you might be asking how it happened and what you can do about it. Neck trauma in combination with ergonomic issues are the most common cause of straight cervical spine and reverse curvature of the cervical spine.  

A normal neck maintains a backward c-shaped curve in the neck. That is normal. However, because each person’s anatomy is different, a normal curve can differ from person to person. With this said a straight or reverse curvature of the cervical spine is NOT normal and can have negative consequences on your nervous system and your health. 

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In this article, we will explain how a straight neck occurs, what you can do about it, and give simple tips that can alter your daily habits that may be reinforcing a straight or reverse curvature of the cervical spine. 

If your body is in a straight neck posture or reverses curvature of the cervical spine, over time you can develop Spondylotic changes in the cervical spine. This is a natural adaptation to balancing a 10-12-pound mass that is no longer properly balanced over the shoulders. 

As a result, the body lays more bone down in the lower neck vertebrae trying to deal with the excess stress due to forward head posture. Forward head posture not only is terrible for the nervous system, but it also forces the body to adapt structurally which can result in neck pain, mid back pain, arm numbness, and tingling and other chronic health issues. (1) 

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Is cervical Spine Too Straight? This Can Be One of The Causes -Trauma 

Your body's postural centers are located inside of the brain stem, which is housed by the first and second cervical vertebrae. If this center is functioning normally, then the body maintains proper neurological tone to the postural muscles and the normal curves of the spine are maintained as is normal posture. However, blunt trauma, whiplash, slips and falls and other trauma can injure the upper cervical spine and set the stage to make your cervical spine too straight. 

This occurs because the muscle on the side of the neck becomes tight pulling the neck forward. This is NOT under your conscious control any more than your heartbeat, blood pressure, and body temperature. Although there are things you can do to make yourself more aware of your posture, the underlying muscle tone that keeps a person in their normal posture is not under conscious control but rather an autonomic function that is controlled in the brainstem.  

In order to regain normal posture, it is necessary to not only correct ergonomic problems but also make sure that the underlying neurology of the body is functioning normally.  Is your cervical spine too straight? If so let’s talk about things you can do to fix it. 

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There are many things you can do if your cervical spine too straight. First and foremost, go see an upper cervical chiropractor who specializes in precisely correcting the upper cervical spine (more on this later).  Once you have corrected your upper cervical spine and are maintaining your correction there are many exercises you can do that can help your body regain its normal posture Is your spine too straight? If you follow some of these recommendations you will be on your way to regaining that neck curve: W ExerciseDoor Frame StretchTowel Roll ExerciseErgonomic Considerations

Is Your Cervical Spine Too Straight? If Yes-Here Is What An Upper Cervical Chiropractor can Do To Aid in Fixing It! 

Because neck injury can be one of the causes of straight neck syndrome, Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractors use advanced imaging in the form of cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT) or digital x-ray to precisely locate upper cervical spinal misalignment. Blair doctors are trained to view the joints of the neck to determine exactly how they have misaligned from normal. 

By viewing each individual joint of the neck, it is possible to see and measure joint misalignment. Once this information is recorded it is then used in a precise spinal correction which includes no twisting, popping, or pulling of the neck. The spinal correction is made while the patient is lying on their side and is painless and quick. Once the offending joint is corrected the body will go through a healing process. 

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The patient is monitored over time to determine at each visit whether they need another correction or not. While the correction is “holding” in its normal position normal neurophysiology is restored and healing accrues. In many cases, people with straight necks and other health problems improve or fully recover. Hopefully, we answered the question, 

IsYour Cervical Spine Too Straight? How Can I Fix It?  

We hope this article will reach those who are suffering and in need of help. We are big believers that for almost every problem there is a solution. Don’t give up on finding the solution to your health problems! 

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