Archive for Neck Pain

Why Your Neck Pain May Signal a Larger Problem

Have you ever seen an older person slowly shuffling down the sidewalk, their back hunched over and their head thrust forward? This is an advanced case of forward head posture. (FHP).

image of forward head postureIf you’ve ever been in an auto accident, spend long hours reading or playing video games, or find yourself straining to read a computer moniter — you too are at risk for this debilitating condition.

Forward Head Posture not only looks bad, but over time can damage the small bones in the neck (cervical vertebrae) and also the discs (the spongy ‘shock absorbers’ between every vertebra). FHP occurs when a person’s neck loses its normal curve and is forced into a forward leaning position. Whatever the cause, the natural curve of the neck is slowly destroyed and with it the vertebrae and discs.

Protecting the natural curve of the neck is extremely important. The discs are shaped like triangles to accommodate the curve and the nerves also benefit from this shape. When there is FHP the curve is slowly lost and the discs begin to change shape and deform. This is followed by subtle changes to the vertebrae.

If allowed to continue untreated, the delicate spinal nerves will become compressed. Disc compression can lead to a wide variety of problems including:

  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Weakness in the arms, hands or wrists
  • Numbness in the hands and fingers
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms and poor coordination

In addition, a study in the UK found that people who had a malformed cervical curve were more than five times as likely to die before the age of 67. This demonstrates that a proper cervical curve is essential for people who wish to remain healthy and active into their later years.

Here’s the good news… In most cases Foward Head Posture is completely correctable with chiropractic care, spinal decompression, and the best healer of all — time.

If you have neck pain or have been in an auto accident. it’s important you receive treatment. As a Garland chiropractor, I can diagnose whether you have or are at risk for this destructive condition.

If you do have Forward Head Posture, we can begin chiropractic treatment to help restore your neck to a healthier condition. Spinal Decompression Therapy, which is available through my Garland Chiropractic office can help speed the process and restore the curve. We also offer helpful at home therapy devices which provide additional benefit.

If you’re suffering from headaches, neck pain, stiffness in the shoulders, arms and hands it’s time to visit your Garland Chiropractor. Call me today for a full check-up so we can make sure that your neck has a great curve. Your body will thank you for it!

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Avoiding Whiplash | Holiday Safe Driving Tips

Picture of man who is texting while drivingFrom Hanukkah to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, the end of the year brings plenty of holiday travel. According to AAA, In 2011, over 83 million Americans were expected to travel by car during the holidays. As you can imagine, this makes for very congested roadways.

It’s natural to assume that you’ll make it to your holiday gatherings, and family events unharmed. But arriving at your destination safely isn’t something you can take for granted.

Thanksgiving Day 2012 in is a perfect example. An unexpected turn in weather in Texas lead to heavy fog and a massive 140 car pile up which resulted in 2 fatalities and 80 injuries. This demonstrate how deceptive holiday weather can be. Many people drive too fast or don’t recognize how bad road conditions are.

Here is the most important holiday travel tip: slow down when you’re driving and don’t tailgate other drivers. Even if it’s an unseasonably warm day there may be a frozen, slick spot on the road. In addition, salt on the roads can add to slippery conditions.

Holiday Safe Driving Tips

Rid your hood, windows, head lights and tail lights of snow and dirt before traveling – Snow buildup on your car can cause problems for other drivers when it melts. Other drivers may have a hard time seeing because of the flying snow.

No cell phone use while driving – Although you may think you can talk on the phone and drive, the distraction is dangerous. Your attention should be on the road at all times. If you’re lost, pull over and make your call.

Wear your seat belt at all times-In some areas not wearing a seat belt is a fineable offense, but that’s not the only reason you should buckle up.. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, research found that seat belts saved over 12,500 lives in 2010. On Thanksgiving 2010, 337 car passengers were killed in traffic crashes across the U.S. and over half of them were not wearing a seat belt at the time, according to AAA.

Auto Accidents can cause long term pain and injury

You’re at high risk of whiplash during a car accident. When you suffer any kind of impact, your neck may be jerked back and forth. This can result in damage to the muscles, ligaments, and the neck’s normal curvature.
You may have a whiplash injury if within 24 hours of the incident you experience:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Neck stiffness
  • Neck pain
  • Blurred vision

If you are in a auto accident during the holiday season—or at any other time— treatment for whiplash is essential to prevent long term pain and injury. Without proper whiplash treatment, the neck’s normal curvature could be destroyed. You may lose normal range of motion and find it difficult to turn your neck. If left untreated, whiplash can also lead to degenerative changes and arthritis.

Chiropractic care is a safe, effective treatment for whiplash. Our Garland Chiropractors may pair chiropractic treatment with hot laser therapy, spinal decompression and massage therapy to further enhance the healing benefits.

Keep the holidays full of excitement and joy; take extra caution when driving and follow our safe driving tips. If you do find yourself involved in a collision our Garland Chiropractors, Dr. James Mixon and Dr. Patrick Ware can help you feel better fast.

Contact us to to schedule an appointment.