How Your Back Affects Your Neck….and Vice Versa

Have you ever wondered why when you come in the office with low back pain, occasionally you will get a neck adjustment?

Or if you come in with neck pain and you get a low back adjustment?

Or have you ever come into our office with a really bad case of low back pain….so bad that you forget to tell me that your neck is bothering you as well…only to find that after receiving your low back adjustment your neck feels better?

Have you ever wondered why this happens?

Well, the obvious answer is that everything in the body can affect everything.

Don’t take my word for it, lets look at what one of our Medical Doctor friends has to say about the subject:

“We tend to divide the examination of the spine into regions: cervical, thoracic,
and lumbar spine clinical studies.
This is a mistake.
The three units are closely interrelated structurally
and functionally – a whole person with a whole spine.
The cervical spine may be symptomatic because of a
thoracic or lumbar spine abnormality, and vice versa!
Sometimes treating a lumbar spine will relieve a
cervical spine syndrome, or proper management of
cervical spine will relieve low backache.”

(Disorders of the Cervical Spine, John Bland, MD)
Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont College
of Medicine
WB Saunders Company
Page 84

So when you are hurting in a certain area, don’t think that we are crazy for examining your entire spine, and even into the extremities when we are treating you.  As many of you have learned…a lot of the time your symptom is not coming from that body part at all, but it is a referral from another seperate area of the body!

As Chiropractic Physicians we are trained in the art of searching the body for the signs that will point us in the right direction.  We utilize many different procedures such as leg checks, range of motion testing, palpation, muscle testing, and so on to figure out what is wrong with your body at this time.

We can have 10 patients walk into our office with low back pain, and find 10 different causes ranging from a foot bone that is subluxated to a misalignement in the neck, to a spasmed muscle, to any one of hundreds of possibiities  that could be causing the same symptoms in different people.

Rest assured that when you are treated, your treatment will be tailored to your body and your health challenges…for your symptoms.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,

Dr. Sean Price
Fort Walton Beach Chiropractor


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