Dealing with the Effects of ‘Military Neck’ by Restoring Cervical Spine Curvature
‘Military neck,’ also called ‘straight neck,’ is a form of cervical kyphosis. This condition occurs when the natural C-shape of the neck becomes rigidly straight, like a soldier standing at attention. It can come about through a variety of circumstances, but is most commonly associated with whiplash or compounding poor posture affecting the cervical spine.
Like all spinal misalignment conditions, military neck occurs on a sliding scale of severity. If it’s a slight change in the neck’s shape, you probably won’t notice and may not suffer any detrimental effects. But, a severe change in curvature can result in a range of symptoms that are liable to disrupt your everyday life.
It’s possible to address military neck through lifestyle changes and the restorative nature of chiropractic adjustments. At Elevation Clinic in Salt Lake City, UT, we use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) data to detect the severity of your cervical spine deviation, to impose the right adjustments to restore a proper C-curve.
Symptoms, causes, and treatments for military neck
Military neck doesn’t happen overnight. Most generally, it’s the result of slow-acting catalysts or an injury that heals improperly. Whatever the cause, a host of symptoms are likely to quickly become apparent in severe conditions:
- Neck pain;
- Stiffness in the neck or shoulders;
- Reduced range of movement;
- Ocular pain;
Cervical kyphosis may be linked to an aggravated injury. For example, patients who have experienced whiplash or a sports injury may later suffer from this condition. Repetitive stress such as looking down at a computer or phone all day may also lead to cervical kyphosis. Degenerative diseases affecting the spinal discs have also been known to exist at the root of the problem.
Benchmarking cervical deviation
A chiropractor is essential in the diagnostic process for determining military neck. Beyond simply taking x-ray films to determine that your cervical spine is indeed too straight, they can utilize ideal spine models to determine the degree of deviation and the extent of the spine affected. Moreover, this means understanding the crucial nerves being impeded and any peripheral muscle groups that may be strained.
Benchmarking kyphosis also enables a chiropractor to theorize the cause of your military neck. Understanding lifestyle factors, recent accidents, preexisting health conditions, and more means being able to attribute them as factors in the deviation of your spinal curvature.
Correcting military neck
Spinal manipulation is a key element of chiropractic treatment for military neck. Misaligned vertebrae need to be moved back into place as part of an ideal cervical curve. This can be done through physical manipulation, traction, mirror-image adjustments, and more, as dictated by a CBP adjustment plan. By reorienting the vertebrae, you relieve the pressure on spinal discs and reverse the damage done by compressed nerves and strained muscle groups.
With the support of a chiropractor, it’s possible to learn more about the cause of your military neck and what can be done to reverse any conditions it may be responsible for causing. The expert team at Elevation Clinic in Salt Lake City, UT is familiar with cervical kyphosis and utilizes the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) methodology to qualify and correct cervical deviation.
Contact us today to set up a free consultation and learn more about the effects of military neck, and what you can do to correct your overly straight cervical spine.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.