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How to Treat Neck Pain At Home
Dec 12

How to Treat Neck Pain At Home

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Hi, my name is Dr. Troy Giles. I’m a Doctor of Chiropractic and today for my friend Janean, I can’t remember what state you’re in, but we’re making this one for you and for anybody else that has issues in their neck. How to take care of your neck, I get people from all around the country calling, around the world, saying what, you know, do I see a chiropractor, what do I do? What can I do at home? What I’m finding, what we find in chiropractic is anterior weight bearing. It means the your head is forward. Let me step over here. Your head, many times if you look at the shoulder, the ear, center of ear should be through the center of the shoulder. But most people, because of what we do all day, here I am over on the computer and my head’s forward. I’m looking down. You’ll notice I’ve even created a podium down here. There’s a podium that hold up this workstation so that my screen is here in front. But you know what? It’s still not high enough. Because what I want this, I want this, this screen so that my eyes are level at one third of the screen, the lower third. That’s where I want my eyes to be seen. So in reality this should be up higher, for sure this screen. But we have anterior weight bearing. Our heads are forward all the time because we’re on the computer or reading books, or students, or whatever. I like to show this to my patients. I have this ball and it’s a five pound sand ball. Normally if the ball is right over the top of the shoulder, or top of the arm, it’s easy to hold. But if I move my shoulder, or my arm forward by 3 or 4 cm, all of a sudden I can start to feel pressure down here in my arm, which would represent the low back of a patient. Up here would represent the neck of a patient. So if you’re carrying your head, that’s weighted, forward of the shoulder, the ear should be over the center of the shoulder. If my head is forward, we call that anterior weight bearing. Just watch, go to the mall and watch people. You’ll see that their heads generally are forward. So what happens is if your head is forward, you look down at the ground. Well most people don’t want to look down at the ground, the do this. So you see what happens, the neck is forward, now the head shifts back and it compresses right back here at the back. Now I’m going to show you an x-ray here. This x-ray, if you notice, this is the second cervical vertebrae, right here. Here’s 2,3,4,5,6,7. So this vertebrae right here should be over the top of C7, so it should be back here. But what’s happening is her head’s forward and you’ll notice right here there’s a bone spur. That’s because her body’s trying to buffer, it’s trying to support that head from being so far forward. So we want to try to do is to get this patients head backward. We do that by laying them on their back and we put in a wedge right here, or a rolled-up towel that’s going to be on the shoulder blade that’s going to allow, over time, her head to stretch back over. So what I do is I sell these wedges. These are twenty bucks here at the office, or you can get a rolled-up towel. When I roll a towel up, they’re just like this. They’re, you know, just a regular towel, I sit this on the edge of their bed. So now their head can hang way off. Now when I’m talking about getting back so that it’s on the back, I don’t want your neck to be on the towel. That’s not doing it. I want it to stretch way back. Because what’s happening is those ligaments, we want them to have what’s called ligamentous creep, where the ligaments start to creep like this. It’s going to allow the front ligaments to loosen and get my head back. So where I want the towel is back on my shoulders so that my head can go way back, even further. Because I want my head to hang and over time, over ten minutes, twice a day, my ligaments here are going to stretch. It’s going to allow my head to come back. So this is doing the first thing, which is to increase this cervical curve. Right now it’s way forward and we want it to come back so these ligaments are going to stretch. Ligamentous creep is going to allow these to stretch and open, elongate, so that my head can come backwards. See that? So does that make sense? That is so big, if you can get this, if you can understand this concept, I’ve just saved you a ton of time and energy and dysfunction in your life. The other thing that’s very important, here’s 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, five right here, six and seven. See how there’s a spur here? There’s a spur right here, that’s right, that’s right where the vertebrae runs to the thyroid and to the heart and lungs. Right here if I click on my nerve sheet, C5 runs over here to the thyroid, down the arms. So people come into me all the time and say “oh I’ve got pain. I’ve got pain running down my arms or my hands are numb.” I say well that’s too bad, I wish that wasn’t so. I feel bad you’ve got that numbness in your hands, but I’m much more concerned about your thyroid and your heart and lungs. Watch this. Here I am at C5. Here is C6. C6 runs to heart and lungs. C7 runs to heart and lungs. T1 runs to heart and lungs. What I’m telling you is that the nerve roots that exit the spine, am I kind of all over the place today, keeping you awake. These nerve roots, right here, each one of these is a nerve root. Each one of these sections, if they’re being compressed, that nervous tissue, that nervous impulse runs out of your neck, from your head, from your brain, down your spine and out those nerve roots to the thyroid, to the heart, to the lungs. I feel bad that you’ve got numbness in your hand, but I’m more concerned about your lungs and your heart breathing, okay? So by getting and laying on a rolled-up towel, first off getting an x-ray, finding out what position you’re in, that’s number one. If it’s forward, we need to get it back. It’s not that the chiropractors are all about making you straight in your spine. Oh look what I did I got this straight, spine done. That’s not it. That’s partially, but we’re more after the function of a straightened spine, straightened this way. You may have seen this picture before, but this is scoliotic curvature. This is a curve that’s scoliotic. It’s curved. This is going to wear out right here. It’s going to wear out right here because it’s being pushed upon and those nerve roots that exit the spine, they’re going to have trouble. Those organs that run to those nerve roots will diminish. The energy to them will be diminished. So if you get up here in the neck, where she’s had, this is the same patient by the way, the same patient with this curvature has this neck forward, okay? So we’re right now talking about neck pain, getting you on your back, getting a rolled-up towel in your shoulder blades at the edge of your bed, so your head can stretch over. That’s number one. Number two, we’re going to take a another little field trip now here at the office and I’ve shown you this before on other visits, but this time we’re going to talk here. This is the next thing we would work with. This is a very simple contraption. This can hang on the edge of your, of your, on the edge of a door. We’ve got a little bit of laundry to do. We’ve had a big day. This can hang on the door by the hinge. So you hang this up and this now goes around your neck. Now you’re going to hang from your neck, go figure. So what we do is we put this around the back of the neck here. We usually get a little piece of paper towel and this goes on here on the front, okay? So this, you put it around the back of your neck and this part right here goes to the front. Your knees are to the wall and your feet are to the wall. You lightly, lightly, rest your hands here. I’m not going to yank down on my head. I’m just going to sit down, like I’m going to sit in a chair, sticking my bottom outwards sitting down. What this is doing is it’s decompressing my neck. This right here is going forward, this here is going backwards. So as I sit and just hang, it’s decompressing the neck. Then I stand back up for five seconds. Then I pull back down for five seconds. What that’s doing is decompressing those discs. As we’re pulling them apart it’s drawing fluid into the center of the discs, helping them to plump back up, okay? We sell these for $60 here at my office. You can order them from anywhere around the world. This will help decompress your neck. Remember everybody’s pretty much pushed forward and their pressing and they’re here. This helps to lift it, extract it, decompress it. We also use this machine here that helps decompress, but, you know, that’s if you were here at my office. I’m about telling you how to get a hold of these anywhere around the world to decompress your neck. That’s phenomenal. So again, we want to help that curvature come back to where it’s straight. Let’s go back over to the x-ray again. By lifting, by lifting now, because remember the one went around the back of the head and the other went around the front. We’re lifting and extracting and that’s going to help decompress this compressed disc. You notice the dark space right here, there’s darkened. That’s a thick nerve that’s a thick disc. But right here has diminished significantly. It’s almost touching. But by pulling that apart, over time it can milk and draw fluid back into the center of the disc. The disc is like a jelly filled donut. So if you can get the vertebrae above it and below it to sit in the center of that jelly-filled donut, it’s going to work much better. Think about it also as being a inner tube. If I have an inner-tube full of air and I sit on one side, all the air is going to be pushed and it’s going to bulge out the other side of that inner tube. These are little inner tube between each vertebrae and that’s what hold the hole right here apart. That’s where the nerve exits the spine and comes out into the organ. See that? This is huge. This is massive and I hope this has been beneficial for you. If you have any questions about how this works, or what to do, feel free to call the number on the screen and you can, we’ll answer any of your questions for you and we’ll sell you a decompressor, show you how to set, you know, how to set it up, how you roll the towel up and so forth. Then I would encourage you to find a doctor of chiropractic that can help you manipulate softly your neck so that it gets into a better position. I hope this has been beneficial for you. I give this to you with all the love that I’ve got. Have a great day.

 

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