Thursday, April 14, 2016

Why does my neck crack or pop?

Why does my neck crack and pop?

When you hear a pop or a crack in your neck it is actually joint fluid that is changing into gas.  It is a chemical change, NOT the physical rubbing of two bones together.  When a joint is stretched, the pressure changes and causes the fluid to change into a gas.

AGAIN, it is NOT two bones rubbing together!

The technical term for this noise is called cavitation.  For the most part cavitations are normal and can happen during day to day activities such as stretching in the morning.

However, if these cavitations are happening frequently and are associated with pain, headaches or tension in the shoulders, it could be a sign of a bigger problem.  Most often, ligament laxity (instability) is the reason for abnormal cavitations in the neck.  This is why it is important that you don't try to manipulate yourself.  You could only be contributing to the problem!

As a NeuroStructural Chiropractor, we use state of the art tools to identify the cause of ligament instability so we can provide care that will stabilize the neck and spine.

No more cracking and popping!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Structure and Function

Conventional chiropractors are well known for their goals of decreasing muscles spasm, increasing range of motion, and temporarily relieving pain through spinal manipulations.  The focus of a conventional chiropractic approach is mainly structural.  However, the NeuroStructural care at Axis Chiropractic also addresses the function of the body with specific NeuroStructural Corrections.

If you as any engineer or architect they will tell you that structure determines function.  It's no different in the human body - our hands are designed with opposite thumbs for grasping objects, our teeth have different designs based upon where in the mouth they are located to perform different jobs like tearing or grinding of food, and even on a cellular level, the shape of our individual proteins determines if they will function as a transporter of molecules, control growth, or even transmit nerve impulses.

Structural abnormalities in the spine certainly do cause secondary structural conditions such as muscle soreness, degenerative disc disease, back pain, and abnormal popping/cracking, but they also cause secondary functional conditions such as migraines, fatigue, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure.

At our office we use the most current scientific tools available to identify and correct the underlying structural abnormality in your spine.  Once it is corrected we help you take care of that correction so it won't come back!