Causes and cures for neck pain

Your neck, also called the cervical spine, begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. Incredibly, the cervical spine supports the full weight of your head, which is on average about 12 pounds. While the cervical spine can move your head in nearly every direction, this flexibility makes the neck very susceptible to pain and injury.

The neck’s susceptibility to injury is due in part to biomechanics. Activities and events that affect cervical biomechanics include extended sitting, repetitive movement, accidents, falls and blows to the body or head, normal aging, and every day wear and tear. Neck pain can be very bothersome, and it can have a variety of causes.

Here are some of the most typical causes of neck pain:

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Popular pain medicine no better than a Placebo.

You may find this shocking, especially if you take Tylenol — also known as acetaminophen or paracetamol in an effort to relieve your back pain. A new study in The Lancet (July 24, 2014) begins with, “Regular paracetamol is the recommended first-line analgesic for acute low-back pain; however, no high-quality evidence supports this recommendation. We aimed to assess the efficacy of paracetamol taken regularly or as-needed to improve time for recovery from pain, compared with placebo in patients with low-back pain.

Wow. It’s 2014 and acetaminophen is Often the first thing recommended for low-back pain, and there is no scientific evidence it helps.

What did the study discover? Using data from 235 primary care centers in Australia collected between 2009 and 2013, the researchers write, “Our findings suggest that regular or as-needed dosing with paracetamol does not affect recovery time compared with placebo in low-back pain. and question the universal endorsement of paracetamol in this patient group.

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Interesting facts about fluoridation

Most people living in developed nations do not fluoridate their water. For example, in Western Europe only 3% of the population consumes fluoridated water. While 25 countries have water fluoridation programs, in 11 of these countries, less than 20% of the population consumes fluoridated water: Argentina (19%), Guatemala (13%), Panama (15%), Papa New Guinea (6%), Peru (2%), Serbia (3%), Spain (l I %), South Korea (6%), the United Kingdom (11%), and Vietnam (4%).

There are only 11 countries where more than half of the population drinks fluoridated water: Australia (80%), Brunei (95%); Chile (70%), Guyana (62%), Hong Kong (100%), the Irish Republic (73%), Israel (70%), Malaysia (75%), New Zealand (62%), Singapore (100%), and the United states (64%).

In total, 377,655,000 million people worldwide drink artificially fluoridated water, that’s about 5% of the world’s population. Interestingly enough, there no difference in tooth decay between the Western nations that fluoridate their water and those that do not.

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Mental Attitude: Chew On This! People who maintain the ability to chew are less likely to develop dementia. This study shows a link between having no teeth and losing cognitive function more rapidly. The action of chewing makes more blood flow to the brain. People with few or no teeth will chew less, resulting in less blood flow to the brain. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, October 2012


Health Alert: Younger Adults and Strokes? Stroke is becoming more common in younger adults. The reason may be an increase in risk factors like diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. Strokes among those under age 55 grew from around 13% in 1994 to 19% in 2005. Neurology, October 2012


Diet: Omega-3 Intake & Young Adults. For the first time, scientists have studied the effects of Omega-3 supplementation on young adults (ages 18-25). After 6 months of supplementation, subjects were able to improve their working memory (used for reason and comprehension) despite the belief that, at their age, they were operating at their cognitive best. PLoS One, October 2012


Exercise: Take A Hike For Your Heart! Going for a hike, a jog, or taking a brisk walk every day could reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke by 50%. Researchers found that people who jog or who walk briskly have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who lead more sedentary lives, or who walk at slower speeds.

British Heart Foundation, October 2012


Chiropractic: c Approximately 60% of pregnant women suffer from back pain; however, only about 30% report symptoms to their prenatal provider and only 25% of providers recommend treatment. A review of 17 pregnant women who sought chiropractic care for back pain found 16 of 17 women demonstrated clinically important pain improvement within 4.5 days of seeking care, with no adverse side effects.

Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, January-February 2006


Wellness/Prevention: What Can I Do? According to Leon Chaitow, ND, DO, “Even if conventional medicine tells you that your condition is incurable or that your only option is to live a life dependent on drugs with troublesome side effects, there is hope for improving or reversing your condition.” There are many things we can do to stay healthy and overcome illness once we become ill. The benefits of an excellent diet, a strong exercise program, getting proper rest, and a strong mental attitude (which includes stress reduction) have been studied endlessly with positive results. Being healthy almost always improves your overall body function and decreases your risk of becoming ill.


Ouote:   “I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.” Voltaire



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The Difference in Effectiveness of Medical vs. Chiropractic In The Treatment of Acute and Chronic Back Pain

Have you ever considered who is the best suited to treat back pain?

Since there are so many treatment options available today, it is quite challenging to make this decision without a little help.

To facilitate, a study looking at this very question compared the effectiveness between medical and chiropractic intervention.

Over a 4-year time frame, 2780 patients were followed with questionnaires. Low Back Pain patients were treated using conventional approaches by both MDs (Medical Doctors) and DCs (Doctors of Chiropractic).

Chiropractic treatments included spinal manipulation, physical therapy, an exercise plan, and self-care education.

Medical therapies included prescription drugs, an exercise plan, self-care advice and about 25% of the patients received physical therapy.

The study focused on present pain severity and functional disability (activity interference) measured by questionnaires mailed to the patients.

It was reported that chiropractic was favored over medical treatment in the following areas:

  • Pain relief in the first 12 months (more evident in the chronic patients)
  • When LBP pain radiated below the knee (more evident in the chronic patients)
  • Chronic LBP patients with no leg pain (during the first 3 months)

Similar trends favoring chiropractic were seen for disability but were of smaller magnitude.

All patient groups saw significant improvement in both pain and disability over the four year study period.

Acute patients saw the greatest degree of improvement with many achieving symptom relief after 3 months of care.

This study also found early intervention reduced chronic pain and, at year 3, those acute LBP patients who received early intervention reported fewer days of LBP than those who waited longer for treatment.

While both MDs and DCs treatment approaches helped, it’s quite clear from the information reported that chiropractic should be utilized first.

These findings support the importance of early intervention by chiropractic physicians and make the most sense for those of you struggling with the question of who to see for your LBP.

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Have you been told you would have to have carpal tunnel surgery?


Our Patients Speak

I had a car accident back on Sept. 14, 2010. I was prescribed to wear wrist braces. For a year I wore them every day and night. Frankly, I became dependant on them to reduce my pain.

My previous chiropractor had determined that I would inevitably need carpal tunnel surgery on my wrists. As anyone would feel when hearing such news, I was disheartened to know that was my potential future. I did not want to have surgery at 21 years old.

So, as one could imagine I sought a second opinion. I found myself here at Pearson Family Chiropractic Center. After one year of wearing those braces and devotedly performing my new physical therapy exercises for about two months now with Dr. Pearson, I have been able to stop wearing my wrist braces and now only wear them at night. I cannot explain how joyous I feel to almost have my entire full range of motion back without pain!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,


Palm Coast Chiropractic

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I was quite surprised and extremely delighted to get such fantastic results this quickly!

Our Patients Speak

In November 2010 I began having dizziness on a daily basis. I was also having severe headaches 2 to 3 times each week. These headaches would last all day and they were so intense that I literally couldn’t function. I would actually lose my peripheral vision with each headache. I spent the day in bed with the lights off, curtains drawn and with as little noise a possible just hoping the headache would go away. After two months of going on like this, I decided I had to do something, but I wanted a more natural approach. At the end of December, I found out about Dr. Pearson and made an appointment.

Dr. Pearson was very thorough and I began care in January 2011. I just had a progress exam and was amazed with the results of my x-ray comparison: my x-rays at the beginning of care showed I had basically no curve in my neck, but my latest x-rays show a very nice (and noticeable) “C” shaped curve!








I seldom get headaches any more (I get one once every 2 months, if that) and if I do get one, it’s not anywhere near as intense as they used to be, I don’t lose my peripheral vision any more, plus they don’t last all day anymore; in fact I am now able to get up and do stuff!

My dizziness has been totally gone for the past 4 months! And I am feeling better overall.

I really thought progress would be slower, so I was quite surprised and extremely delighted to get such fantastic results this quickly!

I just love Dr. Dave! He’s thorough. He’s never rushed. He listens. And his concern for his patients shows.


October 17, 2011

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Happy Halloween from Dr. Pearson and staff


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Tripping Over The Dog Caused That?

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Tripping Over The Dog Caused That?

Today I came in for my regularly scheduled chiropractic adjustment. While getting ready to adjust me, Dr. Pearson asked if I had tripped or fallen since I was in last Friday.

I had totally forgotten that I had, in fact, tripped over the dog over the weekend!

I wondered to my self how the heck Dr. Dave knew this – I hadn’t told him about it! I was stunned by his response: “I knew you had to have done something because of the change in your leg lengths; one is shorter than the other.”

Since I was face down on the adjusting table and couldn’t see this difference, I asked if my Mom could come in and take a picture of it with her phone.

We took a picture before my adjustment and after my adjustment. What an amazing change! After my adjustment my leg lengths were completely even!

It literally shows how amazing a chiropractic adjustment truly is.


Palm Coast Chiropractic



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