The cervical spine is arguably the most important segment of the spinal column. 7 cervical vertebrae and 8 cervical nerve roots control a vast range of motor functions and sensory abilities throughout the body, including your breathing. Most critically, however, the cervical spine is capped by your Atlas vertebrae, which serves as the connective junction for the skull and the spine. It’s for this reason that chiropractors will instantly assess cervical vertebrae when patients complain of headaches or ocular pain.
The feeder nerves encompassed in the cervical spine are at a predisposition to become compressed. Not only do they fend with head and body movements that can sometimes be contradictory (think quickly looking to the side), the widespread use of technology and “looking down” has continued to make cervical nerve compression a problem.
At Ideal Health Spine Center’s Boise, ID clinic, we see a widespread number of patients who come to us for spine-related pain, and are further amazed when their chronic headaches or ocular pain are alleviated as well. Using Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) and radiological imaging, we take the time to explain that when it comes to the spine, everything is connected!
Identifying signs of cervical nerve compression
It might start as a dull ache behind the eyes. Or, it could be a two-day headache that you attribute to the weather. For some, it’s trouble concentrating, falling asleep, or focusing.
We’re talking about the early warning signs of cervical nerve compression. They’re easy to play off or ignore, until they become chronic or begin to proliferate. By then, the cause of pain and discomfort becomes muddled, causing most people to reach for cure-alls like OTC medication, in the hopes it’ll pass.
Pain and discomfort surrounding your head and eyes is almost invariably attributable to some form of cervical spine misalignment. The problem is that without radiological imaging to distinctly identify it or a comprehensive chiropractic assessment, that pain is subject to interpretation. Often, it’s improperly deciphered as:
- Barometric pressure shifting;
- Allergy or histamine flair-ups;
- Muscle fatigue (ex. sleeping “wrong”);
- Overstimulation (ex. loud noises);
While all of the above can certainly attribute to a headache, they’re not generally indicative of chronic headaches. Headaches or pain behind the eyes lasting for more than a day or two should signal cervical spine concerns.
CBP evaluation for vertebral health
Being thoroughly evaluated by a chiropractor is a smart first step as chronic headaches and ocular pain are realized. A chiropractor utilizing CBP evaluative methodologies, like our team at Ideal Spine Health Center in Boise, ID, will be able to provide a cursory examination, as well as radiological imaging of the cervical spine. This offers a quantitative opportunity to detect cervical vertebrae deviation from ideal posture, which paves the way for targeted adjustments to restore spine health.
As imaging is mapped, a treatment plan is also devised. Patients are often surprised to hear that multiple sessions are required to restore spine health. Incremental adjustments provide two key benefits, however: firstly, they work to absolve immediate pain and secondly, they encourage the patient to develop better postural habits as their spine is transitioned back to normal.
CBP assessments and incremental adjustments can prove to be a non-invasive, highly-effective way to alleviate ongoing headaches and ocular pain. Get in touch with Ideal Spine Health Center today if you just can’t shake your head pains. We’re ready to speak with you during a free consultation.
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.