If you have ever woken up with neck pain and stiffness, you are far from alone. There are numerous reasons why neck pain comes and goes. The neck is a network of bones, joints, nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It must be strong and stable, but also flexible enough for us to be able to move and turn the head.
There are two sleeping positions that are easiest on the neck – on your back or on your side. Sleeping on your stomach, however, puts a tremendous amount of undue stress on the neck. The spine is pushed towards its end range of motion for hours at a time, which stresses muscles, ligaments, joints, and even blood vessels and nerves. Sleeping on your back or on your side with your head and neck properly supported can help you get a good night's sleep and wake up without pain or stiffness.
Upper Cervical Care for Neck Pain
Sometimes a simple change in sleeping position is not enough to provide lasting relief from chronic neck pain. Upper cervical chiropractic is a niche within the greater chiropractic profession that places a high emphasis on ensuring the proper alignment of the top two vertebrae in the spine. These two vertebrae, the atlas (C1) and axis (C2) are totally different from the rest of the spine. They are responsible for bearing the weight of the head as well as the majority of its movement. Because they are so freely movable, they are also prone to misaligning due to injury or simply wear and tear.
When the upper cervical vertebrae are not positioned properly, it causes problems lower down in the neck as well. The rest of the neck is forced to work in ways it wasn't intended to in order to bear the weight of your head. The work we do here at Balanced Atlas & Migraine Center focuses on recentering the atlas and axis beneath the skull to ease abnormal stresses on the rest of the neck. The adjustments we give are very gentle and precise, bringing relief to chronic neck pain and stiffness. In many cases, repeated adjustments are unnecessary as the neck gets stronger and begins to heal naturally.
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