While researching if chiropractic care is right for you, you may have come across a few articles about the importance of a correct cervical curve is to your overall spinal health without truly understanding what it means when a chiropractor says that. It is important because how your spine is curving can cause symptoms from mild pain and discomfort to extreme pain and restricted mobility.

A healthy spine should have “C” shaped curve in the neck that is about 42 degrees. When the spine is in its healthy, natural position, this curvature is called a Lordotic Curve.

Injury and our posture throughout the day can have quite the impact on the natural curvature of our spines. The goal of chiropractic adjustments is to help the spine resume its proper form.

There are three “poor”, or unhealthy types of cervical curves. They are:

Hypolordotic/Alordotic

This means that the curve in the neck is less than 42 degrees or that there is no curvature at all – the spine in the neck is completely straight. This is sometimes referred to a Military Posture and in an X-Ray, the neck looks completely straight. When your natural curve has been straightened, it can take up to 6 months (and sometimes longer) of chiropractic care to bring your spine back into its natural position.

Kyphotic

This means that the curve of your spine has surpassed the Hypolordoctic and Alordotic phase and is curving the opposite way that it should. This type of can easily take 9 months to a year before the spine begins to look healthy again.

S-Curve

This is when the spine has a Kyphotic curve in the neck and Lordotic Curve in the lower back, giving an “S” shape to the curve of the spine. This is the hardest improper curvature of the spine to correct and can cause the individual the most pain and can even restrict the mobility of the limbs. The S-Curve can take well over a year before the spine begins to resemble healthy.

The length of time needed before the spine resumes its healthy posture varies from person to person and may take more or less time depending on each case. When your spine is badly distorted by poor posture, it is difficult to break the bad habit and can affect your spine’s recovery and not all cases reach full recovery. However, many of our patients have had a significant improvement in their spinal curve and relating symptoms of pain.