By Doctor of Chiropractic Dennis Mutell

Unless you’ve been injured, you might not focus much on your neck.  But there are many benefits to strengthening this overlooked area.  

Doctor of Chiropractic, D.A.C.B.S.P., D.A.C.B.N., C.C.N., Dennis Mutell says, “The neck and spine function is a pathway between your brain and the rest of your body.  It is essential to safeguard both of these areas.  While this is especially true for athletes in contact sports like football, everyone is susceptible to damage.” 
Mutell, whose interest in running led him to pursue post graduate training in the care and treatment of athletes, has worked with Olympic athletes in the past.  As a former sports medicine team member at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field trials, he knows a thing or two about injury prevention.  

“…Begin strengthening the neck and spine before the damage happens.”
– Dr. Dennis Mutell, D.A.C.B.S.P., D.A.C.B.N., C.C.N.

“While you may not anticipate tackling someone in the near future, spine and neck injuries can occur in the blink of an eye.  One of the best ways to both protect yourself and avoid a major injury is to begin strengthening the neck and spine before the damage happens,” he says.  “If your neck pain extends into the trapezius muscles, shoulders and upper back, it’s a sign that your neck muscles are weak.” 

“Studies also show that neck strengthening exercises significantly reduce neck muscle pain.  If you sit a desk all day, a strong neck will keep your head from lolling into the odd positions that cause neck tension in the first place,”
says Mutell.  

There doesn’t seem to be a downside to creating a sturdier neck.  Just make sure you see a certified doctor of chiropractic for an evaluation and an exercise regimen based on your particular needs. 
To schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Mutell, call Health & Wellness Solution at (985) 875-2225. 

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