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Neck pain is a common ailment that will affect 50-70% of the population at some point in their lifetime. Neck pain is commonly caused by repetitive strain and overuse – think sitting at a desk, looking at our phones, etc. Finding the correct cause of your neck and upper back pain are often times misdiagnosed and mistreated and here’s why.

At the base of your skull lie 6 tiny muscles.  These muscles are known as the suboccipitals.  These muscles are frequently beat up from our modern day lifestyle.  As a result, these small muscles will develop adhesion and become restricted.  More on that in a bit.  When these muscles have adhesion, they shorten and will extend the head, like in the picture below.

neck-ext
Of course, no one walks around like this because your body is really good at compensating! Because of the neck wanting to be in extension, the body will compensate by carrying the head more forward, like the picture below.  This places a TON of extra stress and strain in the upper back and neck.  Every inch forward, DOUBLES the weight of the head!
forward-head-posture

This is why your upper back hurts and is always “tight.”

Most providers unfortunately don’t understand this. Treatments like adjustments, taping, stretching, and exercise may help in the short term, but do nothing to resolve the original issue!

Adhesion, as previously mentioned, acts like glue on the muscles.  It is the most common cause of restricted motion and pain in the body.  Unfortunately, it is one of the most misdiagnosed conditions! Neck and upper back pain are frequently caused by adhesion found in the muscles at the base of your skull. Proper treatment reduces the adhesion within those muscles, and in turn allows the neck to function properly; taking stress away from the lower neck and upper back and restoring healthier posture. 

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The doctors at Thrive Spine and Sport are experts at finding and fixing adhesion!  Currently, they are 2 of only 4 providers in the state of Iowa certified through Integrative Diagnosis – the most advanced conservative health care system – for the diagnosis and treatment of adhesion.  If you or someone you know is suffering with constant neck and upper back pain, call our office today at 319-423-0925 or schedule an appointment by clicking here.

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