CHRONIC PAIN AND OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH FHP
FORWARD HEAD POSTURE
EXAMPLES OF LOSS OF CERVICAL LORDOSIS OR REVERSE CURVE (KYPHOSIS)
EXAMPLES OF A LORDOTIC CERVICAL CURVE
On the other hand, if you do not have the proper amount of curve (or you have a reverse cervical curve), force is not only not dissipated, it is redistributed in a manner that both causes and accelerates the degenerative processes which are at work on all of us due to the effects of gravity. Instead of acting like a spring, your neck can end up pounding your discs like a hammer pounds a nail. As you might imagine, the resulting mechanical dysfunction causes a host of problems which can actually be seen on X-ray. The first of these is something called "Sclerosis" (a build-up of calcium). When this gets more severe, there will be bone spurs that form. Right along with these is DISC DEGENERATION. The bottom line is that anything that keeps your spine from moving like it should move (including having the proper curvature and GOOD POSTURE) will cause or accelerate Spinal Decay.
RESULTS OF HAVING AN IMPROPER CERVICAL CURVE
WHAT IT TAKES TO ADDRESS IMPROPER CERVICAL CURVES
The great thing is; once your chiropractor has put you through the proper tests and figured out that you can tolerate Cervical Extension Traction, you can do most of it at home with inexpensive devices such as my favorite, the DAKOTA TRACTION UNIT (thanks Dr. Tressler!). Not only does it have the ability to help the problems listed above by improving the biomechanical function of the cervical spine, it is my belief that Cervical Extension Traction (along with EXTENSION EXERCISES) are probably the single best methods of dealing with the CHRONIC TRIGGER POINTS that do not respond to SCAR TISSUE REMODELING.