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What does your neck do for you?

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Your neck is the part of your spine that connects your head to the rest of your body. It needs to be flexible enough to move, but strong enough to support the weight of your head. Pick up a 10-pound bowling ball and you can feel how heavy a load your neck has to carry.

SOURCES:

Makofsky, H.W., , SLACK Incorporated, 2003.  Spinal Manual Therapy: An introduction to soft tissue mobilization, spinal manipulation, therapeutic and home exercises

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic.

American Association of Neurologic Surgeons.

Centers for Disease Control. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Makofsky, H.W., , SLACK Incorporated, 2003.  Spinal Manual Therapy: An introduction to soft tissue mobilization, spinal manipulation, therapeutic and home exercises

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

Cleveland Clinic.

American Association of Neurologic Surgeons.

Centers for Disease Control. 

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

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