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Manahawkin Chiropractic Center Addresses the Range of Motion of the Cervical Spine in Treating Neck Pain and Headache

The cervical spine is unique among spinal curves. Unlike the thoracic and lumbar spine curves, the cervical spine houses the spinal cord quite snugly. The diameter of the vertebral canal in which the spinal cord lies varies from 11 to 19 mm while the spinal cord measures from 7 to 14 mm depending on the spine level. If the size of the spinal canal is little and the cord big, a condition termed stenosis exists and creates greater pain and disability. (4-8) Whatever the size, there is not a lot of space for the spinal nerves that exit the spinal cord regardless of any disc herniation or bone spur and such that may develop. Plus, the cervical spine has to hold up the average head weighing 9 pounds! The cervical spine is remarkable. No wonder it appeals to researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center and produces such pain for Manahawkin neck pain sufferers. Luckily, your Manahawkin chiropractor knows the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions as well as the gentle, stretching treatment protocols of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to relieve the pain.


Such cool innovations in the area of radiology are now available and may help back pain healthcare providers like your Manahawkin chiropractor better diagnose and treat neck pain as well as surgical colleagues create more appropriate surgical techniques! Innovative 3D computed tomography imaging permits a look at the cervical spine in different positions in normal volunteers. What did the researchers find happens in the neck with this? Flexion-extension range of motion is greatest at C1-2 and C4-5.  C1-2 is where 70% of all axial rotation happens, too. C3-4 range of motion for lateral bending is greater than C1-2, C5-6 and C6-7. (1) Using Cox® Technic for cervical spine pain is designed for segment-specific treatment of individual segment cervical spine ranges of motion to relieve pain and bring back normal ranges of motion as best as possible.


The cervical spine range of motion is addressed in patients with cervicogenic headache. When Manahawkin chiropractic patients seek care for a headache, they’ll often describe limited range of motion. That isn’t uncommon. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation compared to spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache reported that manipulation and mobilization have comparable effects on disability, pain, global rating of change score, and cervical ranges of motion. (2) Our chiropractic care of the cervical spine addresses Manahawkin neck pain as well as related range of motion issues like acute neck pain.


Acute Manahawkin neck pain is a common issue for which patients will look for help from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors and general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are typical treatments. Researchers wrote that GPs were occasionally uncertain in referring for manual therapy as they were not sure about effectiveness and adverse events. In a review of randomized controlled trials published about the effect of spinal manipulation for acute neck pain, researchers found that spinal manipulation alone or in combination with other modalities was valuable for acute neck pain with no serious adverse effects being reported. (3) Your Manahawkin chiropractor who knows the cervical spine well and provides safe spinal manipulation works alongside Manahawkin general practitioners to help neck pain sufferers get relief.

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Check out this PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes how the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management helps him help his patients with neck pain and headache relief.

Schedule your Manahawkin chiropractic appointment now. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions affecting it merit a unique treatment protocol to ease pain. At Manahawkin Chiropractic Center, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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