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Moriarty Chiropractic Addresses the Range of Motion of the Cervical Spine in Treating Neck Pain and Headache

December 21, 2021

The cervical spine is unique among the curves of the spine. Unlike its fellow thoracic and lumbar curves, the cervical spine contains the spinal cord quite snugly. The diameter of the vertebral canal in which the spinal cord lies ranges from 11 to 19 mm while the spinal cord measures from 7 to 14 mm depending on the level of the spine. If the size of the spinal canal is little and the cord large, a condition termed stenosis exists and makes pain and disability a greater problem. (4-8) Whatever the size, there isn’t a lot of space for the spinal nerves that exit the spinal cord let alone any disc herniation or bone spur and the like that may form. Plus, the cervical spine has to hold up the average head weighing 9 pounds! The cervical spine is amazing. No wonder it appeals to researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Moriarty Chiropractic and causes such pain for Nashua neck pain sufferers. Luckily, your Nashua chiropractor knows the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions in addition to the gentle, stretching treatment protocols of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to reduce the pain.


Such cool innovations in the field of radiology are now available and may help back pain healthcare providers like your Nashua chiropractor better diagnose and care for neck pain as well as surgical colleagues develop more appropriate surgical techniques! New 3D computed tomography imaging allows a view of the cervical spine in different positions in normal volunteers. What did the researchers see with this? Flexion-extension range of motion is greatest at C1-2 and C4-5.  C1-2 is where 70% of all axial rotation happens, too. C3-4 range of motion for lateral bending is larger than C1-2, C5-6 and C6-7. (1) The use of Cox® Technic for cervical spine pain allows segment-specific treatment of each of the cervical spine ranges of motion to relieve pain and restore normal ranges of motion as optimally as possible.


The cervical spine range of motion is addressed in patients with cervicogenic headache. When Nashua chiropractic patients come in with a headache, they’ll often describe limited range of motion. That is not unusual. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation compared to spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache reported that manipulation and mobilization have similar effects on disability, pain, global rating of change score, and cervical ranges of motion. (2) Our chiropractic care of the cervical spine takes care of Nashua neck pain as well as associated range of motion issues like acute neck pain.


Acute Nashua neck pain is a common issue for which patients will seek help from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors and general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are typical treatments. Researchers state that GPs were sometimes uncertain in referring for manual therapy as they were not sure about effectiveness and adverse events. In a review of randomized controlled trials published about the effect of spinal manipulation for acute neck pain, researchers revealed that spinal manipulation alone or combined with other therapies was valuable for acute neck pain with no serious adverse effects being reported. (3) Your Nashua chiropractor who understands the cervical spine well and delivers safe spinal manipulation works with Nashua general practitioners to help neck pain sufferers find relief.

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Check out this PODCAST with Dr. David Kulla on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he shares how the Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction System of Spinal Pain Management helps him help his patients with neck pain and headache relief.

Set up your Nashua chiropractic appointment soon. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions involving it deserve a unique treatment protocol to take care of pain. At Moriarty Chiropractic, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!