San Francisco Chiropractor and Herniated Disc Doctor Comments:
I'm sure you notice that whenever you are stressed out your neck muscles tense up. Well...most of those neck muscles attach to the bones in your neck and skull and are responsible for controlling their range of motion. When the muscles go into spasm they become shorter are are unable to function properly.
The cervical muscle spasms pull the cervical vertebrae they attach to out of alignment...which compresses the spinal discs and nerves...it's a chain reaction. We call this condition a Subluxation. Stress induced subluxations (in addition to neck pain) if left untreated can contribute to degenerative disc disease and cervical disc herniations.
The best way to deal with vertebral subluxations is chiropractic. Chiropractic adjustments can help restore the bones in the neck back to their normal alignment. Then...we can teach you exercises to help keep them there. In addition...relaxation techniques, including visualization, breathing, and meditation will help dissipate the actual stress that is causing the problem in the first place.
If the disc herniations in the neck are advanced and do not respond to chiropractic adjustments...we will consider non-surgical cervical decompression with the DRX9000c. Cervical decompression therapy can be done in conjunction with chiropractic care at my San Francisco Chronic Back Pain Center...or as a stand alone therapy if chiropractic has already failed to deliver results.
It has been my experience that we are able to help most cases of stress induced vertebral subluxations...and even bulging or herniated discs...without drugs or surgery.