Have you ever described someone as being a ‘pain in the neck’? If so, it’s probably because they were immensely irritating! It feels about the same, or maybe much worse, when you yourself are suffering with neck pain.
What do you do when your neck pain becomes exasperating? Many people head for the massage table and sometimes this takes out the kinks. But what do you then do when massage doesn’t work – or only works for a while?
The next logical step would be to try to find out the cause, as in knowing this you can then choose the right treatment.
There are a many causes of neck pain, some more serious than others. Some of the most common, less severe causes are; minor injuries and falls, car accidents, sporting injuries and even referred pain from your back.
Among the more serious causes are neck cancer, pathology in the cervical spine such as stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal), degenerative changes and infections.
If you have chronic neck pain and all the above possible causes have been eliminated, then typically your doctor will diagnose a muscle strain or tendon sprain and treat it with exercise, physical therapy, medications and chiropractic. And if all these conservative therapies fail, they will often look for reasons to justify a surgical intervention, such as fusing your cervical vertebrae.
Why does your doctor put you through all these therapies? Probably because he/she doesn’t realize what’s really causing your neck pain.
A Forward Head Position Could Be Creating The Pain In Your Neck
Mother-in-law jokes aside, a pain in the neck is often created by a forward head position. When your head is jutting forward (instead of sitting directly over your shoulders) this places all the muscles and ligaments that are behind your neck, on a constant stretch. In time inflammation and neck pain set in.
By repositioning your neck over your spine into a more correct anatomical position, this will eliminate the pulling on your muscles and ligaments and allow them to heal.
What Causes A Forward Head Position?
As I stated above, when you know the cause you can then get down to an effective treatment. Granted, neck pain happens as a result of a forward head position, but what’s causing your head to sit in front of your shoulders instead of on top?
If you do a Google search, you’ll find a mind boggling number of causes for the forward head position. One of my favorites is: “looking down while reading or while working on the computer, driving with your head more than two or three inches away from the head rest and carrying a back pack or heavy purse slung over your shoulder.”
Reading these ‘causes’ should make you wonder how so many people can work at the computer for several hours a day, drive with their head more than three inches away from the head rest and carry heavy back packs and purses over their shoulder, yet they DO NOT have a forward head position.
So, what does cause a forward head position?
One of the most common causes of a forward head position is being born with an abnormal foot structure – Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity.
All foot structures send signals to the brain. Based on the information it receives, the brain automatically adjusts your posture. When your foot structure is normal, it sends normal (non-distorted) signals to your brain. Your brain automatically adjusts your posture into an upright position – good posture. But if you have an abnormal foot structure (such as a Rothbarts Foot or PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity) your feet send distorted signals to your brain. Your brain automatically adjusts your posture into a position that can be seen as a protruded buttocks, slumped shoulders and …..…. a forward head position.
Imagine living with your head two to four inches (or more) in front of your shoulders, instead of directly over them. When you think about this, it’s pretty easy to understand why your neck hurts all the time. And what’s even more frustrating is that, short of wearing a draconian steel neck brace, no amount of chiropractic adjustments, massage, physical therapy or exercises is going to bring your head back over your shoulders.
The only way to permanently get rid of the pain in your neck is to return your head to its’ correct position over your shoulders. And the only way to do this is to effectively treat the cause of your forward head position. This means effectively treating your abnormal feet.
Reading the Curing Chronic Pain website will give you more information about the abnormal foot structures Professor/Dr. Rothbart discovered that cause many forms of chronic muscle and joint pain and help you determine whether an Initial Phone Consultation with him might be helpful.
For a more complete explanation of the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity, read: Abnormal Foot Structures That Cause Chronic Pain.
As you learn more about Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s innovative therapy, you may find that addressing and effectively treating your foot structure may be the missing link to ending your long time battle with unrelenting muscle and joint pain.
If you have questions about what’s involved in being treated with Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy by long distance, see our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Page by clicking here.
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Professor/Dr. Brian A. Rothbart
Chronic Pain Elimination Specialist
Discovered the Rothbarts Foot and PreClinical Clubfoot Deformity
Developer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Inventor and Designer of Rothbart Proprioceptive Insoles
Founder of the International Academy of Rothbart Proprioceptive Therapy
Free Excerpt from Professor/Dr. Rothbart’s second book, The Foot’s Connection To Chronic Pain