Neck Pain


Your neck is the most vulnerable part of your spine. It supports your 10 to12 pound head, permits head rotation, and it must allow the free flow of nerve impulses to the head, face, hands and the rest of your body. Everyday activities can cause neck pain, like sleeping on an airplane, reading too long or being on the computer for hours. The temporary pain that results often resolves on its own. But when it doesn’t, a more serious underlying problem may be indicated.

The most common cause of neck pain is functional distortion in the spine resulting from vertebral subluxations (misaligned). These subluxations are seen in the cases of reverse cervical curve, whiplash and joint instability. The body responds by tightening muscles in the neck to protect it from further insult. Many pain-sensing nerves in the neck are located in the pairs of facet joints on the backside of each vertebra. These smooth, interlocking surfaces allow you to rotate your head and bend it up and down. If these joints become locked or fixated, neck pain can result. Chiropractic care can help restore proper joint motion. A good evaluation and testing will determine the correct area of concern. “I can help.”

For more information, call Dr. Ratkowski at 419-535-9600; email at; visit the website at; or visit Advance Wellness and Chiropractic Center at 3454 Oak Alley Ct. Suite 100, Toledo, OH.