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Neck Pain!   Your neck consists, in part, of seven vertebrae which are numbered C1 to C7. These seven vertebrae are called the Cervical vertebrae. The first cervical vertebra, C1, is called Atlas, named after the Greek god who was said to hold the earth on his shoulders. The Atlas vertebra holds the head. The second cervical vertebra, C2, is called Axis because most of the rotation, or turning of the head occurs at this level.

Your spinal cord and many major nerve roots pass through the vertebrae of your neck in route to virtually every part of your body. These nerves may lead to muscle control, joint position, blood vessels, or glands. They may be nerve fibers that help monitor the body’s external environment, or fibers that help monitor the body’s internal environment. They may be fibers that allow for temperature sensation, touch, pain or pressure.

Your neck also consists of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and disc’s which help support the head and work together with the vertebrae of the neck to allow movement of the head, neck and to some extent, the shoulders. When all of these components are working properly the body is able to express health - you feel good!

When some aspect of the neck is not functioning properly, it can lead to a loss of health, or pain, or both. Chiropractors are specifically trained to evaluate your neck, looking for improper functioning that leads to “Subluxation”. Simply put, Subluxation in Chiropractic terms means one or more vertebral levels that is not functioning properly and is therefore irritating or preventing proper nerve function. This improper nerve function may be expressed as neck pain; headache; sinus problems; shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand pain; dizziness; changes in vision; carpal tunnel syndrome; numbness, and many other symptoms may be attributed to the neck. Because of a close relationship with a part of the Brain known as the “Brain Stem”, the Atlas and Axis vertebra have been shown to influence heart rate, blood pressure and other bodily functions.

As you can see, the vertebrae and nerves of the neck can have far-reaching affects on many parts of the body. Their proper function is a critical part of good health. Certainly things like whiplash, blunt head trauma or sports injuries could lead to improper function of the cervical vertebrae. But simple things like sleeping on your neck wrong; vigorously drying your hair after a shower; bumping into people in a crowded area; holding the phone between your head and shoulder while talking; carrying a book bag or purse over one shoulder; toting a baby, groceries, sporting good supplies, items at work, etc. activities of daily life can all lead to Subluxation or improper function of the cervical vertebrae.

Joints that don’t function properly will likely lead to deterioration and eventually, arthritis. Once that happens, proper function may never be fully regained. But even severe arthritic necks, treated by a trained professional like your Chiropractor, can be improved. Function can be improved which will lead to greater mobility, less discomfort and better health. Of course, the best situation is to have your Chiropractor monitor your neck and other vertebrae in an effort to prevent larger problems. Take care of your small problems and you won’t have any big ones!

Dr. Routley says, “I work to find the specific area of your neck that is causing your pain or health problem. I fully explain to you why I believe that is the area, and what we, you and I, can do about it.” Dr. Routley will try and help you find the things in your life that are creating those problems. Once they are identified, he will help you develop new habits to avoid repeating your problems. As your pain diminishes and/or your health improves, Dr. Routley will give you an exercise program to help prevent future problems. “It is my goal to help you feel as good as you can, and then help you stay that way. You’ll feel good and you will want your friends and family to feel that good also. It is a win-win-win situation.”, says Dr. Routley.


Call Dr. Routley’s office today and start working on feeling better right away.  Call Now:  231-972-4141