Stenosis: How a Pinch In Your Neck Can Affect Your Whole Body

Dr. Ben Dyer

Your neck has a tough job. It has to hold, stabilize, and move the weight of your head... every day... for a lifetime. Holding up 11 pounds may not seem like a lot, but the 7 bones and 20 muscles of your neck have to work together in perfect harmony to move your head free of pain. Neck pain can often be traced to a problem with either the muscles, bones, discs or nerves in your neck (see the "Nipple Rule").

The sharp muscle spasms that restrict your ability to move often happen when your body is trying to protect a spinal joint that isn't moving correctly. Almost every bone in your neck has a pair of sliding joints towards the back called the facet joints. If those joints become "stuck," your body will try to compensate, but, over time, that compensation can cause a cascade of additional challenges.

That leads us to the term Spinal Stenosis. What is it?
Spinal Stenosis: When the spaces within your spine narrow to the extent that it puts pressure on the nerves traveling through. Most of the time, this occurs in the neck and low back. For many, the most significant challenge associated with spinal stenosis is the decreased ability to get up and move. Severe pinching in your neck can cause issues with your arms and legs. 

Take The Pressure Off

One of the best ways to relieve the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis is to open up the spinal canal and take the pressure off the nerves and spinal cord.  Many chiropractic techniques focus on decreasing the pressure on your spinal cord, which can help to relieve the symptoms associated with spinal stenosis. A small adjustment today can make big changes in your quality of life.  ATLAS is focused on helping you feel and function better, and that often starts with improving your spinal motion.

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