Neck Pain Treatment in Livermore, CA
Neck pains come in many forms and no matter whether they are front, back, or side; whether they are constant or intermittent; whether they are mild, moderate or severe; they are cause for some concern because not only are they very uncomfortable, but it usually means that something has gone wrong within the body that needs attention.
A very common cause of neck pain is whiplash. Whiplash usually occurs when the head and neck are sharply thrown in one direction and then rebound in the opposite direction, creating a “whipping” motion.
In almost all whiplash and whiplash-related injuries, the head and neck are forced beyond their usual range of motion. This is called hyperflexion when the head is forced forwards and hyperextension when it is forced backwards. There is also a degree of rotation added to the injury, especially if your head collides with anything (such as a steering wheel or airbag) while experiencing whiplash. This can further complicate the condition.
The effects of whiplash will usually result in more intense pain two or three days after the accident than immediately. This is due to muscle inflammation from the injury. However, these painful symptoms may resolve themselves with time and the patient may feel pretty well for a while. It may be months, or even years before any problem returns that could be attributed to the accident, and by that time the patient has long forgotten the event that actually caused the problem. And by this time, the condition is much harder to get under control because of the time factor.
BULGING DISCS – HERNIATED DISCS
A far more serious and painful condition of neck pain is a bulging or herniated cervical (neck) disc. Discs are pads of tissue similar to cartilage, found between the vertebrae that act as cushions to keep the vertebrae from grinding together. They have a soft center similar to gelatin. If there has been a severe trauma or misalignment for a long time, the soft center can bulge side and press on one of the cervical nerves. This is a very painful condition indeed, but one that responds very well to Atlas Specific Correction (cases on file). Aside from early pain relief, the disc will pull back to its normal position if the patient follows through with the recommended treatment plan and gives the disc the amount of time needed for healing.
MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR BULGING DISCS:
As with any bulging disc whether it be low back (see pamphlet “DISC PROBLEMS/BACK SURGERY”) or cervical, the medical approach is to try to correct the problem with surgery. Although this procedure can be effective in some cases, (it can also make the problem worse) surgery should be considered as a last resort. All avenues should be tried to rectify the problem first.
Our experience with bulging discs has proven to bring about very satisfying results in nearly every case we’ve had. That is not to say that it was a “piece of cake,” on the contrary; this type of condition requires a very strict regimen of frequent follow-up visits to be successful. But our record is very impressive.
Neck pains can also result from sports injuries. Much like whiplash, the pain is usually more intense after a couple of days. However, both of these types of injuries will heal themselves usually in a few days or weeks by orders from the body’s computer, the brain. Provided of course, that there is no interference from a misaligned vertebra.
NECK PAINS, MUSCLE SPASMS
By far the most aggravating and frustrating (and common) type of neck pain is the one that comes on all by itself with no apparent cause. This is termed idiopathic cervicalgia; meaning “neck pain from unknown origin.” This type of pain usually begins one morning when you wake up and there is pain with certain movements. A “crick in the neck.” The usual thinking is that “I slept wrong.” Sometimes the pain goes away for awhile then returns. Sometimes it gets better during the day and returns the next morning. And sometimes they don’t go away for a long time, if at all. Often times these pains come and go with greater and greater frequency and intensity, and ultimately become chronic. These pains are usually caused by muscle spasms at first, but graduate into something more serious later on.
WHAT ARE MUSCLE SPASMS?
Let’s examine muscles before we examine muscle spasms. Muscles are inert tissue. They have no mind of their own and cannot perform any function without an order from the computer. They fall into a category known as servo-mechanisms. A good example of a servo-mechanism is your garage door opener. The garage door doesn’t open until a radio receiver picks up a signal from the transmitter. This causes a relay to close and electricity begins to flow to the motor. The motor turns and opens or closes the door. But the garage door motor can’t do anything by itself. It must get a signal from the transmitter. Using the same example, your muscles in your body can only do one thing; contract. And they can’t do that unless they get an order from the computer. Otherwise, they just sit there doing nothing, like the garage door opener.
WHY DO THEY SPASM?
Then why do muscles spasm? Your body contains millions of sensors placed strategically throughout the body and all its parts that are continually sending messages to the central computer saying “this is how it is down here right now”. When the computer receives a message, it searches its memory banks for the right response and sends out an order to that part of the body to keep things working properly. As long as there is no interference and the messages coming in and the orders going out are the right ones, everything works fine.
But when there is interference somewhere in the nervous system, the messages coming in and the orders going out may be the wrong ones. There is a term used in computer language: “G.I.G.O.” Garbage In, Garbage Out. This is exactly what happens when the atlas vertebra is misaligned and shorts out the computer. And the strange thing is, the computer doesn’t even know there is a problem! As long as the messages and the orders continue to be the wrong ones, the muscle will stay in spasm and the pain will continue. If the spasm is strong enough and remains long enough, there can be a pinched nerve. The muscle spasm is choking the nerve. This can be extremely painful. Often there is pain and numbness at the same time. The pain can be intense enough to cause the patient to become worried and seek help through a family doctor or even an orthopedist or neurologist or neurosurgeon.
Once the pain has reached a level of intensity that the patient can no longer tolerate, he or she consults a medical doctor. The doctor will usually prescribe a pain medication and muscle relaxers. Sometimes this approach helps and sometimes it doesn’t. But it is seldom the end of the patient’s problem because it does not address the cause. Simply put, no amount of pain killers, muscle relaxers, sedatives, or physical therapy can re-align an atlas vertebra and relieve the nervous system from pressure and stress that is actually causing the pain.
If the pain persists the doctor will usually order x-rays or an M.R.I. to see if there is any mechanical reason for the pain. And here is the dangerous part: if the tests reveal anything that shouldn’t be there such as a bulging disc or a spur, the logical assumption is that this must be causing the problem and surgery may be suggested. And if the patient is in enough pain, he or she may accept. We have had numerous cases where we intervened at the last minute and the surgeon declined to do the operation because the patient had improved so dramatically. (cases on file)
ATLAS SPECIFIC CORRECTION FOR WHIPLASH AND SPORTS INJURIES
Any kind of accident or trauma may (and usually does) cause an atlas misalignment. In other words the atlas vertebra is forced out of its proper position and causes a “pinch” or short circuit in the computer. When this happens, “G.I.G.O.” is the result.
The body is then in a two-way bind. While it is responding to an improper order from the computer, it is also trying to heal the damaged tissues at the same time.
Atlas Specific Correction has been shown to be a very effective way to correct the causes of pain from whiplash and sports injuries. Starting with a thorough spinal examination and working from precision x-rays, very specific and accurate adjustments can be made to properly set the atlas vertebra back into place. Once the adjustment has properly set the atlas into place, the computer, the brain is then able to carry out the healing processes correctly, and heals the damaged tissues as it was designed and meant to do.
Contact Your Livermore Chiropractor To Begin Neck Pain Treatment Today
Don’t suffer unnecessarily from untreated neck pain. A visit to your Livermore chiropractor can ease your pain and put you back on the road to health in record time. Call or visit us today to get a free no-obligation examination from a trusted chiropractor in Livermore.
- Beatrice Downs
I’ve been a chiropractic patient for more than 30 years. I had always had full-spine adjustments. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in February, 1989 and since 1991, I have been adjusted every week, sometimes more often than that if I wasn’t holding an adjustment. Since being treated by Adam Paiso, D.C.
- Hazel Smith
When I first came to Dr. Paiso the pain was so sever down my leg (sciatica) I could hardly keep from screaming. I had to lay down most of the time to keep from hurting. I could hardly walk 20 feet.
Now I am back to walking around outside and shopping it feels so wonderful not to be hurting all the time.