Normal Cervical Curve

normal-spineThis is what a normal cervical curve looks like. During the initial evaluation we can determine how your spine compares to this model. Our goal is to help restore normal curvature to your spine to allow your nervous system to function optimally. Routine chiropractic care can help you feel more vibrant, have more energy, and increased mental clarity.

 

 

 

 

Potential Result Of An Abnormal Spine: Degenerative Joint Disease
abnormal-spineProlonged misalignment of the spine can lead to degeneration of the joints which can cause discomfort and lead to a decreased quality of life. This can present symptoms such as radiating pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, decreased sleep, and TMJ.

My goal is to keep your body in the best structural alignment as possible to prevent degeneration, pain, aches, and illness and offer a conservative option to potential surgery.

“I am the Mechanic for your Body” – Dr. Restivo

 

 

TYPES OF SPINES

Straight Spine or “Military Neck”
military-neckThe curved line shows normal curvature compared to this presentation. This is most commonly seen in students, teachers, athletes, and the general public. This can occur following auto accidents, whip lash injury, prolonged sitting at a computer desk and more.

Common symptoms relating to lack of cervical curvature may include migraine headaches, dizziness, sinus problems, allergies, fatigue, neck pain, sore throat, hand and finger numbness, heart conditions, high blood pressure, lowered immune function, and asthma. If left untreated, this posture may eventually lead to degenerative joint disease or degenerative disc disorders.

Do any of these symptoms look familiar?

 

Forward Head Translation or “Giraffe Neck”

giraffe-neck

This presentation is a more severe condition, and may take more time to improve spinal curvature. This is most commonly seen in stay-at-home moms, mechanics, farmers, or anyone working in prolonged flexed positions. This can occur following auto accidents, sports injuries, or from prolonged sitting at a computer.

Common symptoms relating to forward head translation include neck, mid and lower back pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, and many of the same symptoms as the above “Military Neck” presentation. In addition, people can have pain in their shoulder, arm and hand. This presentation may eventually result in arthritis, degenerative joint disease and degenerative disc problems.