One question that I hear all the time from my patients is “how does my wife or husband know if they should be seeing a chiropractor?” There are multiple ways to know if you should be seeing a chiropractor and not all of them have to do with pain and discomfort. I have developed a test for the neck to determine if you are a candidate for chiropractic care called the “head turn test”.
The head turn test is exactly as it sounds, your ability to turn your head with out pain or restriction. Simply turn your head as far as you can to the left, and then to the right. The first thing to look for is if either of those motions are difficult to perform. Normal range of motion is the ability to turn your head either direction parallel with your shoulders, or 90 degree’s. The second thing to look for is if there is any pain when you do these motions.
When you do the head turn test, and you feel pain or restriction during the movements this can be a possible sign that you have dysfunction in the bones and joints of your neck. When you work at a desk all day or simply sleep in a poor manner this can put a tremendous amount of stress on your neck. Even worse may be old and new injuries, such as falls, or car accidents that can literally tear the structures of the neck and make it even more susceptible to pain or restriction.
Your Bellevue chiropractor will be able to diagnose exactly what the cause of the pain is or what is causing the reduced range of motion in your neck. Many times when you experience pain or reduced range of motion in your neck this means that either the joints that connect the bones are stuck in place, or that the bones are out of alignment. This is a common occurrence with whiplash injurys, falls, or even birthing trauma.
A person with a neck like this may already have neck pain, headaches, pain in their shoulders, arm and hand pain, but they also may not have any pain at all. Even if you are one with out any current pain, if you are presenting with a positive head turn test, it is my experience that the reason for this is probably that you have vertebral subluxation, or bones and joints in your neck being out of place.
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