Use Your Head and Take Care of Your Cervical Spine
By Donna Stark
When you consider which of the body's joints are the most important, a couple certainly stand out from the rest, don't they? Most people will automatically think of their hips, knees, and elbows right away because they just seem to be the ones we "use" the most often, but every joint is important and every last one is necessary for our body to function well. In fact, joints are what allow us to move freely. Unfortunately though, there are some other, extremely vital joints in the body that, dare I say, are often underappreciated? Can you guess which ones I am talking about? I'll give you a clue ... they help you use your head.
The Cervical Spine
The cervical spine works tirelessly and endlessly to keep your body functioning at an optimal level. Although your elbows, hips, and knees are important, can they do the following?
- Support the head, its flexibility, and movement
- House and protect the spinal cord
- Facilitate proper blood flow to the brain
Look at it this way: on average, the head can weigh about 10 pounds, and the cervical spine faithfully holds it up between 14 and 16 hours every day. Now imagine holding a bowling ball of the same weight with your elbow on the table for as long as you can. Do you think you could last just as long? Don't let go and certainly don't crumble under the pressure, because remember, you need to keep the spinal cord running through it safe and sound while also allowing the proper blood flow to reach the top of it! It's a lot of work, isn't it? But it's important to see how pivotal of a role the cervical spine plays in nearly all of our body's functions and that without it, life would be extremely different and probably a lot more difficult!
Treating the Cervical Spine
Most of us have suffered from neck pain or stiffness at some point in our life while others have suffered from even more debilitating issues that arise from damage or injury to the cervical spine. That's why it's important to seek help from someone who truly knows how to care for it. Your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic is the person to see if you are experiencing neck, upper back, and shoulder pain, as well as headaches. Chiropractic care is extremely safe and is considered one of the best treatment choices for many cervical spine conditions. The adjustments your chiropractor provides aim for:
- Reduced pain
- Improved motion
- Restored function to the head and neck region
So what are you waiting for? Use those joints in your knees, hips, and elbows to come on in to The Joint Chiropractic! With more than 425 locations nationwide, no appointment or referral needed, and convenient weekend hours, it couldn't be any easier to find some relief and regain your mobility. It's time to start appreciating your cervical spine a little bit more and show it some tender loving care. After all, it works harder than you think!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tampa, Fla.