Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office Addresses the Range of Motion of the Cervical Spine in Treating Neck Pain and Headache

The cervical spine is unique among spinal curves. Unlike the thoracic and lumbar spine curves, the cervical spine houses the spinal cord a bit more snugly. The diameter of the vertebral canal in which the spinal cord lies varies 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 small and the cord large, a condition termed stenosis exists and makes pain and disability a greater problem. (4-8) Whatever the size, there is not a lot of space for the spinal nerves that exit the spinal cord regardless of any disc herniation or bone spur and the like that may form. Plus, the cervical spine has to hold up the average 9-pound head! The cervical spine is amazing. No wonder it appeals to researchers and anatomists and chiropractors like yours at Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office and causes such pain for Groton neck pain sufferers. Fortunately, your Groton chiropractor knows the cervical spine anatomy and potential painful cervical conditions as well as the gentle, stretching technique protocols of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to reduce the pain.


Such cool developments in the field of radiology are now available and may assist back pain healthcare providers like your Groton chiropractor better diagnose and care for neck pain and surgical colleagues develop more suitable surgical techniques! New 3D computed tomography imaging permits a view of the cervical spine in a variety of 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 greater than C1-2, C5-6 and C6-7. (1) Using Cox® Technic for cervical spine pain allows segment-specific treatment of individual segment cervical spine ranges of motion to relieve pain and restore normal ranges of motion as best as possible.


The cervical spine range of motion is involved in patients with cervicogenic headache. When Groton chiropractic patients seek care for a headache, they’ll often describe limited range of motion. That is not uncommon. A randomized control trial of spinal manipulation versus spinal mobilization for relief of cervicogenic headache reported that manipulation and mobilization have comparable 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 Groton neck pain as well as related range of motion issues like acute neck pain.


Acute Groton neck pain is a common issue for which patients will seek assistance from healthcare practitioners like chiropractors as well as general practitioners (GPs). Medications and/or manual therapy are usual treatments. Researchers wrote that GPs were sometimes undecided to refer for manual therapy as they were not sure about effectiveness and adverse events. In a review of randomized controlled trials published regarding the effect of spinal manipulation for acute neck pain, researchers revealed that spinal manipulation alone or in combination with other therapies was effective for acute neck pain with no reported serious adverse effects. (3) Your Groton chiropractor who understands the cervical spine well and provides safe spinal manipulation works with Groton general practitioners to assist 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 Groton chiropractic appointment soon. The uniqueness of the cervical spinal curve and the pain conditions affecting it deserve a unique treatment protocol to take care of pain. At Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office, that protocol is safe, gentle, and effective!

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