Your neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. Incredibly, the cervical spine supports the full weight of your head, which is on average about 10 - 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to injury.
The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect cervical biomechanics include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal ageing, and everyday wear-and-tear.
Neck pain can be very bothersome, and it can have a significant effect on the quality of your life and your ability to get on with daily activities. Neck pain is a common cause of discomfort and disability. It is estimated that more than one-fifth of Canadians may be experiencing neck pain at any time. The chiropractic treatment of neck pain focuses on reducing your pain, restoring the movement in your neck, and improving its strength and function.