Treatment Order and Why for Best Results on Neck Pain
If you are to think logically about how the body needs to heal itself (because to be sure we don't "heal"), then you should be looking at a treatment order. If you accurately assess what structures are dysfunctional or not doing what they are designed to do, then you can apply the relevant techniques to return the structures to better function. It is effective to look at the nervous system first and then treat to correct muscle imbalance which can lead to joint capsular changes. However, if you are in the belief that the issue is nerve then joint as the primary problem then your treatment order will be mobilisation first and the soft tissue secondarily and this is the views of chiropractic. Various techniques including muscle energy and myofascial release are amazingly effective in returning normal resting tone to both the superficial and deeper muscles and try to include both strategies to the region of the head, neck and upper shoulders. Lastly, don't forget the power of the stretch to lock the structural alignment at the completion of your session; effective and long lasting and a reminder for your clients' to apply active and passive self-stretching throughout the day. The anatomy of the neck is comprised of 7 cervical bones, various soft tissues and many nerves. These include the spinal cord with its exiting nerve complexes, one of the most affected in soft tissue dysfunctions, being the Brachial Plexus. The cervical spine is both sturdy and amazingly flexible with the greatest range of movement of the entire spine. This is partly due the type of vertebrae, but also to the many muscles (via the tendons) that attach to the head, neck and upper body. These muscles run both superficially and deep, twisting and attaching, according to relevance to any number of vertebrae, and/or the skull and the tiny muscles of the sub-occipital group that produce all of our smallest of head movements.