Case Study- Neck Pain

DOES THIS ACTION LOOK FAMILIAR TO YOU?
JUST WOKE UP IN THE MORNING, DOING HOUSE CHORES, SORE WORKING ON THE COMPUTER?

Sam, 33 years old Information System Technician presented to our clinic with neck and shoulder stiffness accompanied by daily headache, especially at the end of the day. He has been experiencing these problems for more than 7 years. He had no major accidents in the past which indicates the cause of his neck pain and headaches are from an accumulation of micro traumas (constant repetitive small injuries to the body) such as bad sitting, working or sleeping postures.

When I analyzed Sam’s using the five step Gonstead system, I noticed his posture showed a bad case of Forward Head Posture (FHP) and this causes extra stress in his spine, especially at the shoulder region. On X-ray I also found a reverse “C” curve in his cervical spine (neck). In other words, he has lost the normal spinal curve. This ultimately causes the tightening of surrounding muscles to “hold the head” and cause his discomfort.

The using motion palpation (feeling individual movement of the vertebral segments) I found spinal dysfunction at two levels – C7 (lower neck) and T4 (between shoulder blades). From my findings of this assessment I built a plan to get Sam out of pain, have no more stiffness and no more headaches.

First visit: I adjusted the T4 and Sam reported a 40% improvement only 2 days later when I spoke to Sam on the phone. He also mentioned that he experienced less neck and shoulder stiffness as well as a reduction in the severity of the headache.pibus leo.

Second visit: This time I also made a correction to the C7 and slightly changed theadjustment on the T4 – getting an even better result. Sam reported even furtherimprovements.

Result: The T4 and C7 were corrected a further 3 times over the next month and Sam reported no neck and shoulder stiffness and the headaches had gone after the first visit! This impacted his work, as sitting at the computer was now made much easier and more comfortable. His family noticed a difference, as they reported Sam being less grumpy as he no longer had his headaches at the end of each day.

3 Facts about Forward Head Posture:

1. The most common condition that contributes to neck pain is forward head and shoulder posture.
Would you be surprised that your neck and shoulders were hurting if you had a 10 kg watermelon hanging around your neck? That’s what forward head posture can do to you.

2. Research done at the University of California states that “Head in forward posture can add up to 13Kg of abnormal leverage on the cervical spine. This can pull the entire

spine out of alignment. Forward head posture (FHP) may result in the loss of 30% of vital lung capacity.”

3. Proper Chiropractic care has been shown to be very effective in restoring good posture by making sure the nervous system is free from any nerve pressure and interference.