Back on Track Chiropractic & Wellness Center is a wellness center offering chiropractic care in Birmingham, Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, and Mountain Brook, AL. Dr. Scott Duca has been helping patients with wellness goals since 1995. The team members at Back on Track Chiropractic & Wellness Centers are passionate about helping patients feel their best. We work with patients to discover the cause of their pain and alleviate it.
Back pain is the most common reason that people seek chiropractic treatment. It’s non-invasive and doesn’t involve medication. Many people experience relief quickly from simple spinal adjustments, since misalignment of the vertebrae can cause a great many back aches. Fortunately, these adjustments are quick and easy. The back is a complex system, though. The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae that are cushioned between cartilaginous facet joints and intervertebral disks. There are five sections of the spine.
- Cervical Spine. This is the neck region, referred to as C1 to C7.
- Thoracic Spine. This is the middle back. The 12 vertebrae that make up the thoracic spine are referred to as T1 to T12. This is the chest area of the spine to which your ribs are attached.
- Lumbar Spine. This is the lower back, made up of five vertebrae called L1 to L5.
- Sacrum. This is a large triangular bone with five sacral vertebrae called S1 to S6 that are immobile.
- Coccyx. This is the tailbone, which has four attached vertebrae.
Upper Cervical Pain
Pain in the upper cervical region of the spine is actually neck pain. There are many causes of upper cervical pain. Misalignment in the spine can be a cause that’s relieved with a simple spinal adjustment. The misalignment could move the vertebrae away from their cushiony discs, placing pressure onto nerves in the spinal cord. This pressure sends pain messages throughout the body.
Chiropractors are trained to identify the source of pain and adjust the spine to relieve that pain. Misalignments can be caused from poor posture or from being overweight. Your weight affects your mobility tremendously. It can make it difficult for your spine to support your body, making mobility difficult, but also adding pressure to the bones and soft tissue along the spine.
Treating Upper Cervical Pain
The most common treatment for upper cervical pain is rest. If rest hasn’t been enough to curb your pain, manual manipulation in the form of adjustment or massage is often very helpful. Manual manipulation can help relax the muscles, loosen tissues, and improve blood flow to the affected area.
Call Us Today!
If you’re looking for back or neck pain relief from a chiropractor, call us today to schedule an appointment at one of our locations convenient for you. Back on Track Chiropractic has convenient locations serving patients in Birmingham, Vestavia Hills, Homewood, Hoover, and Mountain Brook, LA. We look forward to helping you on your path to wellness.