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Neck Pain, Neck Strain, and TMJ


Neck, back, shoulder pain + ‘muscle recruitment’


Your neck, back and shoulder muscles work as a team. (Throughout your body, rarely does a single muscle work without other muscles in the team joining in.) When muscles are overworked, they will ‘recruit’ additional muscles to help out – known as muscle recruitment.



Strained Neck Muscles means Bad Posture


1. When the head is centered, the spinal column is straight.

2. Muscle tension may cause the head to shift from center.

3. To compensate, the spine may begin to buckle.

4. Postural Distortion develops as the hips and shoulders begin to tip.

The muscles of the head and neck all work together in turning the head, chewing, talking and breathing. When certain muscles are over-contracted, it will affect the muscles holding up your head and supporting the shoulders and back. The recruitment of other muscles causes imbalance, which results in pain. The bones in the neck, especially the atlas and axis, are crucial for the muscles in charge of biting, talking, chewing, breathing and head posture. Sore, tight, contracted jaw muscles will tilt the head and shoulders, causing overcompensation by the muscles in the neck, shoulder and back.



Think about it …Your head weighs approximately 15 pounds, about the same weight as an average bowling ball. This bowling ball head is precisely and delicately balanced at the top of the spinal column by the muscles in the jaw, neck, back and shoulders.


Imagine your head as a baseball. Picture it balanced on the top of a pencil, being held in place by some rubber bands. When muscles are tense, they shorten. Now envision shortening just one of those rubber bands. Some rubber bands would then have to stretch, some would then shorten, but in either case, the baseball would be thrown completely off alignment.


It’s the same, when even a single jaw, neck or shoulder muscle is shortened – all of the other muscles are forced to compensate to keep your head in proper balance on top of your spinal column. Your overworked muscles become sore, strained, tender – causing discomfort in your neck, shoulders and back.


If you are experiencing neck pain, neck strain or TMJ, your unaligned neck causes a ripple effect throughout all these areas, resulting in pain and strain throughout the upper half of your body. Correcting your spinal misalignment so that your muscles function properly and without additional strain may mean you can live without muscle discomfort.


If your neck is misaligned, it needs to be corrected or the problems will become more severe. Dr. Keith Lynch can provide treatment options to prevent more problems down the road.


Dr. Keith Lynch is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist through Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartanburg, SC. All his treatment methods are gentle and performed without any twisting, popping or cracking.


By stabilizing and realigning your Atlas, the top bone of your spine, your bite will be restored to its proper and normal position, relieving the problems and pain caused by the misaligned Atlas.


Dr. Keith Lynch can relieve your discomfort and stabilize your Atlas and spine so that you can live more comfortably.


Dr. Lynch continuously advances his knowledge in the field of chiropractic and functional healthcare so you can live a healthy life without drugs or surgery. He has been studying with some of the most accomplished experts in the field. Dr. Lynch’s approach to natural health is the result of years of experience. He uses the latest techniques, technology, and scientific equipment.


If you or someone you know is experiencing neck pain or TMJ, take action today and call (434) 245-8456 and schedule your appointment with Dr. Keith Lynch today.


Lynch Chiropractic and Chronic Pain Solutions 1410 Incarnation Drive, Suite 202C, Charlottesville, VA 22901 (434) 245-8456