Neck pain and back pain are chronic conditions that affect over 1/3 of Americans by the time they reach their mid-50’s. This can often be due to the fact that the neck has a great range of motion and is responsible for keeping the weight of the head in balance. Therefore, injuries are common, and range of movement can be limited.
Some people report having a stiff or sore neck upon waking up. They may feel it was due to their pillow needing replacing or that they slept in an odd position. This can very likely be the reason. The way one sleeps has a huge impact on how he feels when he wakes up.
The preferred way to sleep is on the back. If one must sleep on his side, a good idea is to put a pillow between the legs to keep pressure off the spine. Sleeping on the stomach is extremely hard on the back and neck. It stresses the joints and tissues in the neck due to the head being on one side or the other for long periods.
The cervical spine is made up of 7 bones. The top two bones, C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) are not like the rest. For one thing, they have no disc to separate them. They also do not have locking joints like the others do. This means that they are more likely to receive injury or misalignment. This is more than likely the reason for neck pain. So what can a person do to ensure that the upper cervical spine is in proper alignment?
Upper cervical chiropractors focus attention on the C1 and C2 bones to make sure that they are in proper alignment. This is done by using a special, gentle technique that allows the bones to move back into the right position.
It is a more natural process than popping and forcing the bones and allows the body’s natural healing properties to take over and repair the damage done. Often, this is all that is needed to help someone cope with neck pain and see it become a thing of the past.
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Dr. Perkins grew up in Novi, Michigan and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He received his Doctorate Magna Cum Laude with a focus on Upper Cervical Chiropractic care. Chris is well known in the community for his public speaking and holds a number of professional certifications. We are proud to say that Dr. Perkins and Perkins Family Wellness has been recognized by Hour Magazine as one of the Top Chiropractors in Metro Detroit for 3 years in row.