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Correcting the S-shaped neck curve (video)

Hello Dr. Zachary Ward back with another “Ten Patients in Ten Minutes”

In this episode we’re talking about a female in her mid-30s with migraines, head sensitivities, left ear plugged, sense of brain fog, anxiety, chest pain…whole gamut of symptoms and of course a reverse curve.

 

And this is her x-ray of her neck from her side, and I could really show you other x-rays as well, but just in the interest of time we’re just going to focus on this one.

A mild but classic S-Curve in the neck

I want to point out a few things here: what we’re looking at is a kind of a classic reverse curve and we would call this a reverse s-curve.

I’m going to outline the shape here… that’s not as serious as sometimes we see them…they are you know, like literally like
this…

But she has quite a quite a bit of an S… And what you’re going notice here is the way that her first cervical vertebra is tucked up underneath her skull.

And the way that both her third and fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae go behind this line. This line is called a depth measurement.

We’re using the depth method for looking at the reversal of her curve. And rather than her curve, of course, going this way it’s that.

And what you’re looking at here is her after image. This was taken 11 months later, so this is quite a bit of time and this is quite a bit of transformation over that time.

Most of her symptoms have resolved or diminished within about a three weeks time frame including the migraines, the left ear being plugged, the head sensitivity, and those [symptoms] kind have ebbed and flowed over the next several months as she went through these changes.

We’re gonna drop some lines in here on this. You can kind of see what I’m talking about with the before and the after…

So, this is the before and the after image with the depth method lines dropped in.

And what you should notice is the change in the first cervical vertebrae position outlined by this white line here. And this white line here you can see a far more space on the left – I’m sorry – on the right image than you can on the left
image.

You’re seeing c1 move closer towards c2 and then of course right in through here at three and four you should see that finally these vertebra segments are actually in front of this line here as opposed to being behind it.

So the the neck is actually taken out of the s-curve. Now he c3 is a little bit mal-positioned still yet. We’ll see if her body continues to change on that.

But overall there’s been a significant change in the alignment, and in fact, if you actually measure it out there’s actually been a 14 millimeter change at the fourth cervical vertebra, so this is quite a huge shift over about nine months – I’m sorry – eleven months, with her coming out of that reverse cervical curve.

Again if you have any questions about this case or any case in the series that you’re seeing, Alignment Matters: “Ten patients in ten minutes” – you can give a shout out here at LIACHIRO.com/contact.

Contact me that way. You can find me on Facebook.com/LIAChiropractic

If you are in the Metro Detroit area feel free to give us a call at the office line 248-598-4002, and talk to my assistant and mention this video.

Have a great day!

Bone spur causing neck pain? Maybe – maybe not (video)

Hi, this is Dr. Zachary ward at Life In Alignment Chiropractic here in Auburn Hills, Michigan. We’re looking at patient number six: a bone spur leading to chronic neck pain….Big question mark on that one. Let’s go ahead and take a look. Did a bone spur on her CT scan actually cause her neck pain?… Continue Reading

Solving neck pain after whiplash (video)

Hi, this is Dr. Zachary Ward at Life In Alignment Chiropractic here in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Facebook.com/LIAChiropractic We’re going over ten cases in about ten minutes. (Don’t hold me to it.) Whiplash after car crash- the acceleration-deceleration injury of the neck We’re on number eight, looking at whiplash after a car accident…The cervical acceleration-deceleration injury.… Continue Reading

Improving upright posture and pelvis alignment in a long distance runner

Improving upright posture and pelvis alignment in a long distance runner

Can long distance runners improve their overall body posture by focusing on the head-to-neck alignment? Yes and no. It depends on if they are self-correcting or receiving a correction. This case study from our practice and a little bit of research sheds light on this important topic. Focusing on the hips, knees, and ankles When… Continue Reading

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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.

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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.

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What you need meets what you want

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