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Decatur, GA 30030


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1452 Church Street
Decatur, GA 30030

Cervical Extension for Neck Pain and Headaches

How Cervical Extension is Used in Orthopedic Treatment

Because the cervical muscles in the neck must continually support the weight of the head, neck pain and headaches are experienced by most of us at one time or another. There are many different causes including whiplash from a car accident, the repetitive stress of certain activities, or simply sleeping on your pillow wrong. While it may feel like your bones need to be cracked, it is typically a muscular problem that will respond well to non-surgical orthopedic treatment.

There are 8 muscles involved in neck extensions, and plenty of involved ligaments and tendons. When the muscles are strong, it takes a great deal of stress off of the joints and soft tissues so that you can heal properly. So, gently stretching and strengthening these muscles can alleviate neck pain and/or headaches; and, our physical therapists can ensure that it is done safely with the most advanced equipment available.

Our MedX Cervical Extension Machine allows us to do isometric testing over the full 126 degrees that the neck flexes and extends. We then use the same equipment for safety targeted resistance training. Since neck ailments often originate as a result of muscular weakness or injury, building the muscle in that area is as important as precisely monitoring and assessing the process. State-of-the-Art equipment makes that possible.

The MedX Cervical Extension Machine:

  • Proven solution for neck pain and/or headaches
  • Reliable for cervical extension strength testing and resistance training
  • Isometric testing can be performed every 3° through the normal 126° range of motion
  • Safety features include dual weight stacks with a stroke length of only 1.5 inches

The cervical spine is the uppermost part of the spine, providing for neck movement and rotation. There are seven vertebrae within the neck, numbered C1 to C7 from top to bottom. When poor posture, muscle strain or anything else causes pain in this area, it needs to be addressed. In most cases, the problem is muscular; and, our expert physical therapists can help isolate the problem and get you the relief you need.