Neck Pain

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Neck Pain and Dysfunction

The neck is comprised of seven cervical vertebrae and a whole host of vessels, nerves, and muscles. As the closest point to our brain, this is an important area for many reasons!

Other Symptoms of Neck Pain and Dysfunction

Neck pain can occur as a stand alone ailment, but problems in the neck can also be causing or contributing to a number of other issues: tinging or numbness into your arms, decreased blood or lymphatic flow to/from your head/brain, headaches, TMJ, sleep apnea, balance and proprioception issues, upper back pain, & shoulder problems, just to name a few.

Causes

Neck pain and dysfunction can be caused by a number of things, some of which include forward head posture (usually a TMJ problem, primarily), car accidents or other forms of trauma, TMJ dysfunction, cranial and dural stress (the primary cause of most neck pain), muscle tension (almost always a result of dural stress), cervical spine hypo or hyper mobility (too little or too much motion in the joints of the neck).

Treatment Options

We have found that neck pain typically involves a number of the causes listed above, and will often be a combination of muscle tightness, restricted or hyper mobile joints in the neck, decreased curve in your neck, etc. But these things don’t just randomly occur, muscles don’t just become right for no reason, and joints don’t become hyper or hypo mobile for no reason. Other than trauma, the number one cause of tension and pain the neck is dural tension. The dura is the outermost layer of the covering of your brain and spinal cord. When there is tension in this system, that dural layer becomes tense and causes the muscles and surrounding joints to tense up. One can massage or adjust the muscles or joints of the neck, but this will only offer very temporary relief since the real problem is the dural tension. Dural tension can only be relieved through cranial work, or craniopathy. Sometimes when the TMJ is involved, co-management with a dentists will be necessary to relieve the dural tension, and ultimately the neck tension and pain, but these are a minority of cases.

Dr. Scoppa is one of only two doctors in the state that utilizes cranial therapy to help his patients. He utilizes SOT cranial, Vector Point, and Cranial Specific, all advanced forms of craniopathy. He has a high level of success in dealing with issues relating to the head, neck, and TMJ.