Find Neck Pain Relief in the Experienced Hands of Atlas Chiropractic
We use the phrase "pain in my neck" for a reason, but neck pain is more than an annoyance. It affects our whole body wellness, our productivity, and our quality of life. While one might argue that this describes symptoms of contentious in-laws or feral children, you can't just let physical injuries and strains originating in your upper cervical spine slide. That’s why seeking expert neck pain treatment is a necessary step toward relief.
The primary purpose of upper neck care is the reversal of original damage—which may have occurred years or decades before—and the restoration of proper nerve function and range of motion.
Secondary benefits include restful sleep, better enthusiasm for physical activity, increased mental acuity, elevated mood, and—after the first evaluation—hope for a more enjoyable, fulfilling life.
If you think, "Nope. I'll never get better. It's been years, and I've seen everyone and tried everything, but nothing's worked," you're not alone. But once you've consulted with us, you'll be on your way to joining the "fun" crowd: Patients who have seen results and achieved a pain-free, active life.
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What is Cervicalgia?
Has your primary care physician diagnosed you with cervicalgia? That's the general term applied to pain associated with the seven vertebrae in your cervical spine (C1 through C7). A diagnosis is helpful but without a better understanding of the "why and how", your treatment options are usually limited to pain medication and these sage doctors' orders: "If it hurts, don't do it".
Here in the Boulder area many of our chiropractic clients are outdoor enthusiasts and people with active, busy lifestyles. Sitting on the sidelines isn't an option, which is why they come to us for neck pain treatment and, ultimately, relief.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Cervicalgia has many potential triggers, which is why we offer comprehensive evaluations for new patients to determine the best treatment path.
The sudden forward and backward motion of the neck, often experienced in car accidents or sudden stops, falls, or physical assault is a type of sprain that can cause lasting trauma and neck pain.
If you live in Boulder, chances are you've slipped and fallen on ice. We see many patients who have recently experienced traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) as well as clients who have no idea their cervicalgia is related to long-healed concussions. Where the primary concern is brain bleeding and swelling, incidents that cause TBIs also cause other physical injuries, especially neck trauma.
How long have you been leaning forward, squinting at your screen? Does your teen complain that her backpack is too heavy? Has an injury elsewhere on your body thrown off your gait? Our neck vertebrae and tissues take the brunt of insufficient working environments, carrying loads, and other aches and pains. Mattresses and pillows that don't sufficiently support our bodies contribute to neck pain, and even eyesight issues affect our neck vertebrae... and vice-versa.
"I don't know why my neck hurts, but it's killing me." We hear that a lot from our new patients, which is why we take the time to sit down and listen to their medical history and ask questions about their lifestyles. But sometimes, injuries happen without notice, or we don't realize that an insignificant event—a stumble and a "save", a minor smack on the head, or just sleeping in an airline seat on a packed cross-country flight—can lead to future neck pain.
Our skeletons support our organs and muscles, but our muscles help keep our spines aligned. People who stay physically fit can experience fewer back problems—that is, those who aren't skiers, rodeo riders, or gymnasts. "Weekend warriors" may not practice diligent stretching and warm-ups before heightened activity, and those who are recovering from illness or taking on lifestyle changes don't yet have the muscle tone to shield against potential neck injuries.
When we're stressed out, muscle tension may interfere with proper posture and spine alignment. We might not take breaks from work and other activities, causing injuries from repetitive motion or no motion at all.
How Does Neck Pain Affect Whole-body Health?
Neck pain can lead to serious complications often attributed to other health issues. Tissue damage and misaligned spines can interfere with the brain stem, disrupting signals to other parts of the body. Patients come to us after ophthalmologists, neurologists, and somnologists (also known as "sleep doctors") have failed to pinpoint their issues, which may include:
- Migraines: Cervicalgia is a major cause of headaches, and cervical spine treatment can reduce or eliminate chronic migraine triggers.
- Vertigo: Doctors often overlook upper cervical disorders as a cause of "the spins" and balance issues. Nerve interference and tissue swelling in the neck is an underlying factor in many vertigo cases.
- Insomnia and restless sleep: Aches and pains associated with the neck prevent healthy sleep posture and inhibit proper breathing.
- Mental and physical fatigue: When you don't feel good, it's difficult to sleep, exercise, and do the things that keep you energized, happy, and healthy.
- Pain in other parts of the body: Neck injuries prevent healthy nerve activity between the brain stem and the rest of the body causing pain that's difficult to diagnose.
These conditions, in turn, often lead to other physical and psychological health problems and affect our productivity, creativity, and enjoyment of life.
And when we feel someone is getting on our nerves, we might actually tell them straight up that they are a pain in our neck. Or... an area located at the other end of our spine, so cervicalgia impacts our interpersonal and professional relationships, too.
Neck Pain Relief from Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder
We prefer not to provide neck pain treatment if we can first address the triggers.
While Dr. Alison Bremner has in-depth experience treating any cervicalgia cause, no two cases are alike. Your first visit will include a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms, and Dr. Bremner believes listening is the first step to spine health. Together, you'll pinpoint the likely cause of your symptoms and she will advise you on modifying your environment and behavior to help prevent ongoing injury. Once we've developed a wellness program that takes lifestyle and pre-existing health issues into account, only then does Dr. Bremner apply specialized cervical chiropractic treatments.
Dr. Bremner, as a cervical chiropractor specialist, has more training in neurology and upper cervical anatomy than do general chiropractors and a better understanding of neck, shoulder, and back biometrics than do most medical practitioners. That's why she can provide positive outcomes when others have failed to identify and treat the problem.
Contact Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder today to schedule a free evaluation. Specialized upper cervical chiropractic care is by no means a "hail Mary" solution, but if you haven't yet seen Dr. Bremner, you're nowhere close to running out of options.