Matthew R. Cecchetti, D.C., C.C.E.P.
7031 Crider Road, Suite 102
Mars, PA 16046


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September 2006 Newsletter
Neck Pain

Do you suffer from neck pain? If so, you are not alone. Millions of people live with the frustration and annoyance of neck pain. The good news is that you don't have to live with the pain. Chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to not only relieve the neck pain you have today, but to prevent that pain from returning in the future. Keep reading for more details!

What Causes Neck Pain?

There are a number of things that can cause neck pain. Watching TV, poor posture at work, sitting in front of a computer all day, falling asleep in a chair, or even using the wrong pillow at night can cause neck pain. Other factors that influence neck pain include stress, trauma, chemical toxins, and negative thoughts. Sometimes the pain is temporary and resolves on its own very quickly. When it doesn't this could indicate a more serious, underlying problem. Many times, if left untreated people can experience headaches and migraines stemming from neck pain! Dr. Matt can evaluate your entire spine using the most up-to-date procedures to see if there is a misalignment of your spine (what we call a subluxation) that is causing you pain.

Why Should I See A Chiropractor?

The cervical spine (neck) is designed to support the additional 10 to 12 pounds of pressure our heads put on the neck and shoulders. The seven bones that make up the cervical spine allow our heads to rotate, bend from side to side, and look up and down. No other area of the spine allows this much range of motion. This combination of additional pressure and range of motion is what makes the neck more susceptible to injury than other areas of the spine.

The cervical spine plays a vital role in the function of your nervous system because it houses the spinal cord exiting from your brain. Your brain is the "mainframe" of the nervous system sending and receiving signals from all parts of your body. The spinal cord is the "information superhighway" connecting the brain and the rest of the body. If a misalignment of the neck bones is putting additional stress on the spinal cord, you can see how information can be lost or confused. This lost or confused information in the nerve impulses can have effects on your entire body, such as your digestive system, immune system and your respiratory system. Many people are surprised to find out that once they undergo chiropractic care they notice an improvement with other areas such as asthma, bowel function and blood circulation.

What Will Dr. Matt Do To Help My Neck Pain?

After your consultation and brief orthopedic examination, Dr. Matt will locate the areas that are "locked" or subluxated. A chiropractic adjustment will help remove the subluxations and therefore better enable your body to work more efficiently. Many times the muscles around your spine are tight and tense from trying to overcompensate for the misaligned bones. Dr. Matt can work with the muscles that support your spine by using therapies such as ultrasound and electostimulation. These therapies often times help patients to heal faster because the relaxed muscles are able to hold the adjustment longer. Our goal is to help you regain your health faster and more naturally than traditional medicine. Feel free to talk to Dr. Matt if you have any questions on how chiropractic can help you or your loved ones.

Source: Patient Media, 2003. Neck Pain--What Patients Want to Know About Neck Pain.

Kid's Corner: Why would kids have neck pain?

Parents are used to taking their kids to the pediatrician and the dentist for regular check-ups, but why would a parent need to bring their child to a chiropractor? Chiropractors are just for adults with back pain, right? What about the thousands of children every year who suffer severe neck injury simply by being born? The birth process is such an exciting and emotional time that we often ignore what the doctor had to do to assist bringing that beautiful new child into the world. Standard obstetric management includes grasping the infants* head during birth, usually accompanied by some degree of pulling and rotation. This excessive traction and rotation can move the tiny cervical vertebrae out of their natural position. If not corrected, these misalignments can create future health problems such as neck pain, headaches, vestibular problems, auditory troubles, visual disturbances, and pharyngolaryngeal disorders. The good news is chiropractic care can help return those bones to their proper alignment, preventing these problems before they ever start. There is no "popping" or "cracking" when an infant gets adjusted. The pressure required to adjust an infant is no more than you would be comfortable pressing against your eye. It is very gentle and it is very effective. Children respond to chiropractic care better than anyone. Their bodies adapt much more quickly than an adults. For more information, go to As always, Dr. Matt is happy to discuss any questions with you personally.

Does Your Neck Hurt When You Wake Up?

Maybe it is your pillow! Many people sleep every night on a pillow that does not support their neck properly. The pillow can be too thick causing the head and neck to flex too far forward, or not thick enough causing the head to extend too far backward. How do you know what kind of pillow would support your neck the best? Dr. Matt can help you decide which type of pillow is best suited for you individually. Our office sells many different types of pillows (air, water, cervical foam, etc) that offer the proper support. As a courtesy to our patients, we allow you to "borrow" a pillow that you are interested in buying. This way you get to try out the pillow and see if it is right for you, before purchasing it. We want you to be happy with your purchase, because we know having the right pillow can make all the difference! Ask Dr. Matt for details!

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