The neck is a very flexible area of the body. It is made up of seven small vertebrae, discs, ligaments and muscles. The spinal column in this area is very flexible as it connects the head to the trunk. Because of this flexibility, there is a greater range of motion which allows you to move your head up and down, side to side and rotate it left and right. The cervical (neck) spine is less protected by surrounding structures including bones and muscles, but it serves to protect important parts of the spinal cord, nerve roots and vertebral arteries.
Most people have minor neck problems at some time. These are usually related to everyday wear and tear, overuse or injury. Sporting activities, recreational activities, projects around the house and even work-related tasks are a common causes of neck problems.
I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services
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