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Can your pain pill do this? 3 impossible before and after pictures

Can your pain pill do this? 3 impossible before and after pictures

Are you trained to go the medicine cabinet any time you have a headache? Or neck pain? Or some other sort of ache or pain?

Here’s a secret: very few chronic aches and pains happen because of a shortage of Advil, Tyelenol, or Bayer in your blood stream.

In other words – there is a cause you aren’t fixing by covering up these body pains that keep coming back.

And many, many cases of chronic pain do not improve, heal, or get better because chronic pain is a symptom of repeat body trauma.

Sometimes a big, big trauma, like major car accidents and skiing injuries. Sometimes a little trauma, like a bump in the head here. A fall on the ice there. Or, years of sitting without moving in front of a computer.

As this big and little trauma adds up, the body does what it can to adapt and heal. It’s better to bend than to break. So the spine locks in to protect what it can. And over time, everything shifts, pulled down by the weight of gravity.

Rather than expanding upward, the posture gets pulled downward. Nerves get stressed. Lymph doesn’t drain as well. Veins get backed up. And arteries have to push with more pressure.

Under stress, the neck straightens

Lateral x ray general spinal pain - upper cervical chiropracticOne of the most common signs of this breakdown is the loss of the natural, healthy curve of the neck.

The normal, healthy appearance of the neck is to have a nice, gentle curve forward. The gentle curve balances the head, and protects the important nerve tissue in the neck.

Without the curve, there is more stress placed on the joints, ligaments, and muscles of the neck. As the curve is lost, the neck moves forward, placing up to 10 to 50 extra pounds of downward pressure on the spine.

Here is a picture of a neck with a gentle forward curve. The image is of a patient at Life In Alignment Chiropractic after about 3 months of gentle, upper cervical chiropractic care.

If you start at the bottom bone, and trace the red lines with your eyes, you will see that they form a gentle curve.

 As the neck becomes less stressed, the curve often comes back

You might be surprised at how quickly a neck changes position with the right spinal care. Gentle, specific chiropractic care, especially focused on the top of the neck – often leads to immediate changes in spinal alignment.

Yes, there are people who will tell you that chiropractors “don’t align anything”. They say alignment changes are impossible without a lot of therapy, exercise, and traction. That includes some misguided chiropractors. But it is hard to argue with pictures that show changes in the curve.

Now, the point of my practice isn’t to force your neck into a proper curve. But it is to release and unlock misalignments (in cooperation with your body’s intelligence) that keep your spine locked in pain and dysfunction.

Often, the neck starts moving into a proper curve. Sometimes very, very quickly. Even after only one correction.

Below are three before and after images that have been marked to help you see the changes in the curve. Most of these patients have a pretty severe loss of their neck curve. And the after picture isn’t perfect. But you can really see the amazing change they experienced in a matter of minutes. Something that some believe is impossible in the spine.

60 year old female with chronic pain behind right shoulder blade

Before (Left) – After (Right). 60 year old female with chronic pain behind the shoulder blade. Previous chiropractic care helped, but did not unlock the neck. After image after one correction, with immediate lessening of pain behind shoulder blade.

 16 year old female with chronic headaches, neck pain, and fatigue after car accident


Before (Left) – After (Right). 16 year old female who began experiencing chronic headaches, neck pain, and fatigue after being rear ended in a motor vehicle accident. While there is more work to do, you can really see the change in her overall alignment after one correction.

33 year old female with chronic low back pain, responds to correction in neck


Before (Left) – After (Right). This 33 year old female had chronic low back pain and knee pain while running. The low back pain left after her first visit. Much of her spinal stress is seen in her before picture, which shows the start of a reverse curve at C4 and C5 – where the red lines begin to rotate out of line. The after image is after one correction. The curve hasn’t come back yet, but the lower neck has relaxed and moved forward, and this will allow the curve to come back over time.

Keep in mind, the point isn’t to force a curve back into the neck.
The point is to release the trauma that has locked the spine into stress. This stress affects the muscles, ligaments, and joints. It can slow flow of lymph, veins, and arteries.

But more importantly, it creates constant and chronic background “noise” and stress on the spinal cord, affecting the nerve system.

These three images show that this spine stress can be released relatively quickly, creating a change in alignment and structure almost immediately. Especially in the neck.

So, no, your pain pill cannot do this. And if you hear anyone say that chiropractors are unable to really change alignment, email them the link to this page.

The right chiropractor, working at the right time, in the right place can help the body unlock more than most know.

(For those curious about the technique used in the this image, orthogonal x-ray measurements as taught by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association were combined with QSM3, a dynamic upper cervical chiropractic procedure.)


Post-concussion syndrome, brain fog, and neck alignment? Really?

Post-concussion syndrome, brain fog, and neck alignment? Really?

It’s important to know that if the body has experienced enough trauma to have a mild brain injury, it has experienced enough trauma to have a neck injury. This video on alignment and post-concussion syndrome show why: The following is from a feedback form taken from a high school student, about 8 weeks after his… Continue Reading

Facial pain before and after neck alignment (video)

Learn why Trigeminal Neuralgia may be more common than we know. What treatment options are available for TN and other kinds of facial pain. And why neck alignment matters in cases of facial pain. “Like my face was on fire.” That’s how some people with Trigeminal Neuralgia describe the condition. Others describe is as an… Continue Reading

Why Patients Love Our Chiropractic Care

Upper cervical chiropractic at Life In Alignment is different. And different is good.

Fewer adjustments

Fewer adjustments

There are common patterns to spinal breakdown that must be corrected for the best changes in symptoms. We focus on the areas that get the most return on your investment.

Results you can see

Results you can see

All healing takes time. But outside evidence of positive inside changes should be quick in coming. View images from the before and after gallery to see what kind of results you might be able to see in your own spine.

What you need meets what you want

What you need meets what you want

Relief care, corrective care, or long term wellness.Find out what it's going to take for each, and then pick the plan that fits your goals, budget, and lifestyle.
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