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“I carry all my stress in my shoulders…”

My neck and shoulders are always tight, I can never get them to relax. This is one of the most common complaints I see as a chiropractor. Even after a massage patients will report that the tension will return the next day, “and I’ll be just as tight as I was before the massage!”

Most commonly the tension is worse at the end of the day. The reason for this tension is long term misalignment of the neck, it’s not a muscular problem.

Consider that the average human head weighs between 8-10 pounds, and if you think of your neck as a bridge between the head and the rest of your body you can consider the importance of what you have to carry around with you everyday.

At the end of the day the neck is tired of resisting gravity. Gravity constantly pulls us downward towards the center of the earth and this makes the head seem heavier as the day goes on.

Prolonged use of cell phones, texting and several hours of computer work pull the head forward and put even more strain on the muscles that hold he head overtop of your shoulders. Over time, the shock absorber disc pads which are located between each bone in your neck become worn out. Like the break pads in your car they can become so used up that the bones of the neck start to grind.

One would think that the grinding of bone on bone would be painful. Not necessarily, the muscles and ligaments which attach to the neck have to work harder to keep the neck in an upright position. The wearing down of these pads starts to cause a short in the electrical wiring, because now the space where the wires (nerves) exit the spine is diminishing.

Symptoms of this could include being tired especially at the end of the day, shortness of breath particularly when going up stairs, numbness and tingling in the arms and hands most often and night or upon waking up in the morning.
It’s like an electrical short circuit. The wiring in the neck starts to effect the function of the organs like the lungs and heart. Is it a wonder that heart attacks are common in today’s society?

They say that often the first sign of a heart attack is a heart attack, I disagree. The first sign would be neck stiffness, numbness and tingling in the arms and hands (commonly left arm), aching in the shoulders etc…

If any of these symptoms are familiar to you it would be smart to have the alignment of your neck checked by a chiropractor. And the condition of the bones in your neck determined before the electrical short circuits occur. call the office today for an appointment (727) 235-3265.

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