I have heard from others that with the suboccipital approach muscles are cut, which affect the neck.Ã‚Â Also, during surgery one's head is turned to one side for many hours.Ã‚Â Have you asked your doctors this?Ã‚Â
There are many parts to the neck:Ã‚Â 7 vertebrae plus the atlas -- the top neck bone that the head sets on; 4 main vessels (and many branches) that travel through this junction to feed the brain/head; the brain stem/spinal cord and all the nerve roots; how you swallow and your very breath; Lymph vessels and nodes; and ligaments that hold the head onto the neck and hold the neck bones together, which, when damaged cannot be repaired.Ã‚Â If you have a long neck, all the more you need all your muscles working to support your head.Ã‚Â I don't mean to alarm you, but pls don't feel like you're making something out of nothing.Ã‚Â Make sure your doctors are aware of this.
Are you able to rotate your head from side to side?Ã‚Â Are you able to tilt from shoulder to shoulder, forward and backwards?Ã‚Â Do you feel bone creaking activity with your head movements?Ã‚Â Have you had muscle spasms or numbness?Ã‚Â Do downward bumps bother you?
I have heard that heat helps the muscles.Ã‚Â Also, there are contoured pillows that are shaped for the head and neck.Ã‚Â The head/neck joint -- the craniocervical junction -- is a most vital part of the human anatomy.Ã‚Â Plain x-rays can be very helpful in identifying structural problems.Ã‚Â As long as your ligaments are intact, you should be ok.
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