The neck is a complicated combination of bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. Neck pain is extremely common and can arise with issues concerning any of these structures. Discs can wear thin, muscles can be strained, and vertebrae can misalign. The pain may be dull and achy, or it can be sharp, especially with certain movements.
Neck pain and numbness or tingling in one or both arms sometimes go hand-in-hand. All of the nerves that run down the arm and into the hand originate from the spinal cord in the neck region. Misalignments of the vertebrae in the neck can cause pressure on these nerves and lead to the sensation of numbness or tingling. Depending on the vertebrae affected, different digits of the hand or parts of the arm may experience these sensations.
Addressing the Root Cause of Neck Pain
In order to get some relief, it is important to understand both how and why these vertebrae have misaligned. The atlas vertebra, which sits at the very top of the spine just beneath the skull has the most range of motion of any other. Because of this, if there is any injury or trauma to the neck, the atlas can be the most likely segment to misalign. When this occurs, it can cause the head to be carried abnormally, which puts a great deal of stress and strain on the rest of the neck.
Upper cervical chiropractic's goal is to restore normal atlas alignment to allow for the body's natural healing capabilities to take place optimally. Repositioning the atlas will let the head be carried in a neutral posture, which can alleviate stress on the tissues and nerves below. If you are experiencing any numbness and tingling in the arms or hands, including carpal tunnel syndrome, then having your atlas checked may be the first step toward finding a natural, lasting solution.
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