IS NECK PAIN MORE THAN JUST A PAIN IN THE NECK?
Neck pain is a common, but not normal occurrence. Millions of individuals ‘learn to live’ with neck pain on a daily basis. Many fail to realize that pain is one of the final warning signs from the body that there is a problem. Frequently the root cause of the problem started 5, 10, or 15 years prior to when we first start experiencing pain. Ignoring the body’s plea for help can lead to unwanted consequences.
How does pain affect physiology and health?
When our body perceives pain, it fires up our sympathetic nervous system. This is known as our ‘fight or flight system’ and leads to a physiological cascade. Hormones get released that can increase blood pressure and heart rate while decreasing things like digestion, reproduction, and immune function. This is the link between chronic or daily pain and internal dysfunction with other organ systems.
Often times we can see this pain accompanied by problems that seem unrelated to the pain that the individual is experiencing because of that ‘fight or flight’ overload. At our Traverse City office we have seen patients gain control over irritable bowel syndrome, high blood pressure, and infertility among other health concerns. When we restore balance to the nervous system by removing pain sensation from the body, amazing things can happen. Allowing the parasympathetic or ‘rest and digest’ side of the nervous system to regain control within the body explains many of these testimonials.
Being upper cervical (neck) specialists, many seek us out for help with neck pain. The amazing thing that they discover is that their body can heal from a myriad of issues when we are able to remove the interference from the nervous system.
The best medicine is natural prevention. Allow our Shift Chiropractic team to serve you in Traverse City. Contact us today for more information on our gentle approach which refrains from twisting, cracking, or popping!
3055 Cass Rd. Ste 102B
Traverse City, MI 49684