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Moriarty Chiropractic Cares for Neck Pain and Painful Cervical Spine Facet Joints

June 07, 2022

Zygapophyseal joints are also named facet joints. Facet is a bit simpler to say than zygapophyseal, and Moriarty Chiropractic knows ‘facet’ is a whole lot easier to type than 'zygaopophyseal’! These joints are documented to be the source of neck-related pain for many adults of all ages. Moriarty Chiropractic uses gentle chiropractic spinal manipulation to reduce neck pain like that produced by facet joint innervation.


Charting of normal volunteers’ responses to stimulation of cervical facet joints in the 1990s was foundational. Five volunteers came forward to have their cervical spine facet joints stimulated to track where neck pain and arm pain were observed. Amazing! These volunteers’ pain responses produced some much appreciated easy-to-understand pain charts. (1) A follow up study of 10 patients with cervical spine pain compared their pain to that described in the pain drawings of the normal volunteers to confirm the initial charts from normal volunteers. (2) Moriarty Chiropractic sees verification of these normal volunteers’ pain reports in our Nashua neck pain patients! Decompression of spinal nerves with chiropractic helps. 


Novel information from a recent dissection project added new knowledge to the role cervical facet joints (aka zygapophyseal joints) play in neck pain and arm pain. At some levels, more than one medial branch was seen. Direct facet joint branches were found that came from the dorsal root of the spinal nerve. These were separate from the medial branches in their direct path to the facet joint. Current day researchers speculate if there is a more varied pattern of innervation than has previously been noted. (3) Moriarty Chiropractic appreciates the nuances of spine pain and the research that found them.


Clinical observation, examination, and imaging results guide the diagnosis of neck pain given the complexity of cervical facet joints. (4) The cervical spine facet joint is innervated by mechanoreceptive (mechanical pressure-inducing) and nociceptive (nervous system related pain-inducing) nerve fibers involving the dorsal root ganglia and end processes of the spinal cord. The central nervous system is complex and quick to respond to these painful stimuli, both pressure and nerve related. (5) That’s why your Nashua chiropractor takes time in examining, diagnosing and treating Nashua neck pain. There are many factors to take into account! Our Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management is soothing, non-thrust spinal manipulation of the cervical spine for Nashua neck pain relief.

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Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Sean Delahunt on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the effective, gentle treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his male patient with neck pain and tingling in his arm and hand.     

Schedule your next Nashua chiropractic appointment with Moriarty Chiropractic. Pick your word: zygapophyseal or facet! We are here to talk, diagnose, and treat them for neck and arm pain relief.

Moriarty Chiropractic thoroughly examines, diagnoses, and treats cervical spine facet joints for neck pain relief when they are involved.