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Why do I have pain and a crick in my neck?

Posted in Neck Pain on Dec 20, 2017

Prior Neck Injury and that Crick in Your Neck

Have you ever woken up with your neck stuck in spasm, or had that crick feeling in your neck? Many of us have had this experience. The pain starts in the neck, limits your range of motion, is painful upon movement and radiates down your neck into your shoulder blade. Most people say, " I must have slept wrong." In this article, we explain a likely underlying cause of that "crook in your neck"

It is likely that the crick you feel in your neck had its genesis years ago from a spine injury. Whiplash, sports injuries and other trauma can cause structural damage to the joints in the spine. This underlying weakness can predispose the person to " sleeping wrong" and getting a " crick" in their spine.

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There can be many different scenarios that contribute to having a "crick" in the neck. Imagine you are 15 years old and sustain a sports injury or whiplash car accident. The trauma tears soft tissue, ligaments, and tendons surrounding a few joints in your spine and skull. 

The structure and posture of the body adapt to the injury. Over time your body has tighter muscles on one side of the spine compared to the other. Also, the normal cervical curve is lost and now the joints in the neck do not " fit" the way they did when your spine structure was healthy. 

This structural adaptation to spine injury and subsequent weaknesses in the spine pre-dispose many to have occasional cricks in their necks. The person doesn't understand that the crick they feel once or twice a year isn't because of a bad pillow but the result of an imbalance in body posture. Next, we will explain how this underlying structural problem can be dealt with and at the same time benefit far more than that crick in your spine.

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Blair Upper Cervical Care can help you improve structural balance, stability, and health

Having a crick in your neck may get you into an upper cervical chiropractic office searching for a "fix". If this is the case that crick might be a blessing in disguise. Here is why. Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic has a singular goal, to correct cervical spinal misalignments that interfere with the central nervous system. 

Correcting nerve interference allows the body to function at its best. Symptoms and suffering can be a motivator for people to look for health solutions. Upper Cervical care is not a treatment for any disease or symptom. 

However, when upper cervical spinal misalignments are corrected the body strives towards structural balance, better health, and function. Many patients come to upper cervical chiropractors because their friends or family members recovering from an ailment.  

Getting upper cervical care to fix your crick in your neck may have bigger health blessings than you first thought. The motto of upper cervical care is, " nature needs no help just no interference." By removing the blocks to normal function better health and healing can be expected! Get your head on straight!

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"Upper Cervical practitioners hypothesize based on their success in addressing many health conditions that the misalignment of the atlas is blocking communication to various parts of the body and thereby affecting the body’s own ability to correct the problem. “

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