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Old 11-10-2006, 05:27 PM   #1
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military neck

Has anyone heard of something called military neck? I was told that I have this and that is causing a lot of my neck/shoulder pain because the neck does not curve or something like that? Does anyone have any experience with this and how/if it is TMJ related and also what can be done about it?? PLEASE WRITE IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO/ADVICE. THANKS

 
Old 11-11-2006, 03:46 PM   #2
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Re: military neck

My tmj started abrubtly over night and within a few weeks the severe pain in my head and face spread to my neck, back, arms and legs. After seeing various specialists and not getting any help or relief I went to a chiro (actually my bro-in-law dragged me to one). He took an xray of my head and neck and pointed out I had lost the "S" curve in my neck - and showed me what a normal cervical spine should look like and what happens as a result of a neck being too straight or "prone" - it ends up putting pressure on the the spinal column (causing discs to bulge or herniate) and then on the hips. The natural "S" curve in the neck helps the body maintain its structural balance. In terms of appearance my neck did appear longer and skinnier than I ever had noticed - kind of like ET when his head would pop up. Anyway that was almost 3 yrs ago and after a year of treatments with that chiro and then another 7 mos with a Upper Cervical Chiro (a specialist trained in adjusting the C1 vertebrae) my neck is now back to normal and almost all the pain is gone from it as well as other symptoms such as eye pain, ear ringing, facial spasms, ear aches, etc. Both chiros as well as my current tmj dentist told me that when my jaw deviated abrubtly that first night (still not sure why, though) it pushed the C1 vertebrae out of alignment which in turn pushed the other verterbrae out of alignment - basically making its way down the spine. For me it was hard to differentiate whether the pain I had was from the tmj or neck issue - I just hurt all over. But my current dentist insists that during my splint therapy (I'm nearing the end of my 2nd month)I must go to the chiro so both the jaw and cervical spine are adjusted at the same rate and remain in balance. My neck still does occassionally crack - but not nearly as much as before. Funny thing is - when I remove my splints, after about an 1/2 hour my neck will start to throb - any longer than that and I will get a facial spasm. So I think there definitely is a connection between tmj and cervical spines (neck).

 
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Old 07-18-2007, 05:19 AM   #3
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Re: military neck

hi I was really interested in your ringing ear experience. I have just had x rays returned and my neuro muscular therapist has looked at them and said I have what is termed a military neck. I also experience constant ear ringing. I have had a couple of impact injuries from bike accidents etc so I am researching into this 'condition'. It is all starting to make sense now. Hopefully I will find a chiro that can sort me like you have been sorted. Cheers
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:13 AM   #4
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Re: military neck

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Has anyone heard of something called military neck? I was told that I have this and that is causing a lot of my neck/shoulder pain because the neck does not curve or something like that? Does anyone have any experience with this and how/if it is TMJ related and also what can be done about it?? PLEASE WRITE IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO/ADVICE. THANKS
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Military neck is instead of the natural curvature of your neck...it bends backward. I have it from having a profession of 20 years of leaning over people all day.

I had such intense pain...come to find out it really wasn't my neck, it was my jaw. Being A type person...I guess I grind my teeth, even when I wasn't aware.

I got some x-rays (freaked me out), some chiropractor adjustments and a bite guard to wear at night from my denist.

NO PAIN!!!! YIPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

I wish someone had shared this with me

 
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