Torticollis, Stiff Neck & the Cervical Spine
9/21/07
Published in the Times Standard
 
 
            Have you or someone you know ever awakened with your head tilted to one side, chin pointing to the other side and sharp pain in the neck if you try to move your head?
            This condition with the sudden onset is referred to as spasmodic torticollis or “wry neck”. While there can be more serious underlying disease that can cause such a reaction in the muscles, more often than not, it is a neck or upper back misalignment problem.  The patient may have been working above his head and shoulders, suffered a whiplash injury or simply slept in a stressed position.  So anatomically, what happened?                                                       
           The neck bones are cervical vertebrae numbers C-1 to C-7, top to bottom.  All the vertebrae work together to balance the head between your shoulders and protect the spinal cord, a continuation of the brain.  Muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs connect all these vertebrae and act as shock absorbers to the spine and help give the cervical spine its curve. On each side of the vertebrae throughout the entire spine are little openings called intervertebral foramina for exiting and entering nerves, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, and other tissues. If these openings are compromised due to injury, stress, or misalignment, called a vertebral subluxation, muscle spasms and stiffening of the neck can occur.  The body’s natural response is to limit movement to protect these vital nerves and vessels from further damage.  So how can this problem be fixed?
           Through Chiropractic manipulative therapy the proper correction is made to the positional relationship of the vertebrae restoring unrestricted flow through the foramina, calming muscle spasms and finally restoring movement with out pain. If left uncorrected, these misalignments often lead to more severe problems of degeneration in the joints and discs.  This can result in numbness and tingling in the arms and hands, headaches, pain between the shoulders, weakness in the grip and increased difficulty moving or turning the head. Often, patients complain of the inability to look over their shoulders to back out the driveway.  Chiropractic, restores movement and balance, can increase the range of motion to the spine, reverse some of the osteoarthritis and prevent further deterioration. If you or someone you know has these types of symptoms, call our office for a free consultation. Yours could be a problem only helped through Chiropractic “naturally”.
 
 
 
 
Crosbie Chiropractic
Michael H. Crosbie D.C.
1828 Main Street
Fortuna, CA 95540
(707) 725-5668
www.crosbiechiropractic.com