Back pain can come and go, and is often caused by something that you have done recently, but chronic or recurrent back pain is an indication that there is an underlying problem. Spinal or pelvic pain can come from muscle spasm, inflammation, or nerve irritation, but what causes these? The answer to this, particularly in long lasting cases, is often ‘vertebral subluxtion’—vertebrae jammed in a position that causes irritation.
Neck pain is extremely common. People spend a lot of time with their head forward… reading, using their mobile phone, or slouched in front of a computer. When you add stress into the equation, it is no wonder that chiropractors end up with a lot of neck and shoulder pain cases in their office.
There are many causes of headaches, but one of the most common is cervicogenic headache—headache with an origin in the neck. The reason the neck is such a common cause of headaches is simple—the nerves that supply the head with sensation pass between the neck vertebrae and through the muscles of the neck before reaching the head, and these nerves are easily irritated by these structures.
Many people go to see a chiropractor to help with common, spinal-related problems such as lower back pain, neck pain, sciatica, disc protrusions, and headaches, but more and more people are realising that chiropractic is about so much more than just pain relief.
Balance is maintained by three main things in the human body—vision, the inner ear, and movement receptors in muscles, ligaments and joints. There are a huge amount of these movement receptors in the spine, but particularly the neck.