The neck of a human bod is a bio-mechanical marvel. It possesses a wide range of mobility in nearly ever direction. The neck serves as a conduit for the major blood vessels to the brain and is the primary pathway to the central nervous system. The cervical (neck) is one of the most important areas of the body and a growing body of research clearly shows that its structural integrity of function are absolutely critical to overall health and healing.
The curves of the spine are important because they allow the spine to support more weight and to withstand more stress than if it were straight. This is because the curves increase resistance to axial compression — that is, head- to-toe squishing of the spine. That means ten times more weight can be supported by a curved spine than if it was straight. This is why I do the “bowling ball” analogy for all new patients.
As you can see in the picture below, humans begin with a C-shaped spine in the womb and as babies learn to crawl and walk the spinal curves become more developed in resistance to different gravitational stresses that affect the body.
The first spinal curve to develop is the cervical curve and it develops as the baby learns to lift its head.
Head Support: The cervical spine supports the weight of the head, which weighs between 10-14 pounds — about the same as a bowling ball. With proper posture, the weight of the head is held directly above the center of gravity. In a forward head position, the head is held ahead of the center of gravity and results in a stress load on the cervical spine that is equivalent to the weight of the head multiplied by the number of inches the head is forward from the center.
The science of Chiropractic is founded on the premise that a properly functioning nervous system is the foundation of health, and that the structural integrity of the spinal column must be maintained in order to facilitate optimal nervous system transmission and communication.
Virtually all spinal problems are caused by some type of mechanical or structural stress; therefore, it stands to reason that they require a mechanical correction. Drugs can do little more than suppress the symptoms that may be associated with spinal conditions and surgery, even when required, can eliminate some of the more obvious structural effects of subluxations, but neither can correct and restore the optimal structure of the spine.
Doctors of Chiropractic detect and correct vertebral subluxations by physically adjusting the spine to restore normal spinal function and balance which allows the nervous system to send and receive information.
This allows the inherent healing potential of the body to best express itself.
Chiropractic adjustments restore the normal structure of the spine and maximize the posture of the human frame — a process that is unique to the Chiropractic profession.
The Chiropractic correction of the spine is not something that happens overnight. The time frame for correction varies with individuals.
The corrective process requires time, and usually corrective exercises and changing of ergonomic and postural habits, but the results are worth it.