When I was having back issues 2 year's ago, my chiropractor, Dr. Cawley, worked on my back for months to get me back in shape and pain-free. Now I'm having neck issues that are leading to some pretty bad bad bad headaches.
I saw my x-rays today.
If you could see your bones as you stand sideways, you would see your skull and then your neck bones curving nicely but surely towards the front of your head and then curving outwards again as the spine curves out and then again (lower back) curving inwards. A nice, delicate but distinct curve.
(This spine illustration is from Wikipedia.)
Mine doesn't curve. The neck bones are flat - straight up and down after leaving the head. Oops! So now we know I have a problem there and we have a treatment plan. We are hoping the plan works and, in a few weeks I won't be having weekly migraines and tension headaches.
Years ago I listed to Eddie Izzard riff on chiropractors after he hurt himself snowboarding. He swears chiros are addicted to the sound of the cracking of bones. Funny guy, funny skit. I thought of that today as I heard my bones pop all up and down my back. I wondered if Dr. Cawley says in his head, "Oh, yeah, today we get to crack your bones!"
Unfortunately, he says we probably won't be able to get the neck into that nice curve - my spine is dealing with too many things to have it look like this nice curvy thing here on the left. But we'll do what we can. I'm hoping for a headache free day and will be piggy and hope for a headache free tomorrow, too.
Until then, take care of your spine - it's the foundation of your body and you need to keep it healthy and strong. And if you can't keep it healthy and strong, find a good chiropractor who likes to crack those bones!