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In the cervical spine there are seven vertebrae,  forming a natural forward curve.  The vertebral bodies are joined by the inter-vertebral discs which have a tough outer rim of cartilage and a jelly-like centre. The discs function as shock absorbers.  The spinal nerves exit from between the vertebrae.  These nerves supply the skin and muscles of the shoulders, arms and hands.

The body stress stored in the neck structures may cause pain and stiffness and an inability to fully turn the head.  As the lower neck supplies the nerves to the arms, there may be pain or numbness in the shoulder, arm or hand.  Muscles may be weakened, resulting in difficulty in grasping objects.

The tension in the neck may cause headaches or pain in the face or jaw.  There may be sensations of dizziness or nausea.  The pressure may irritate nerve pathways which connect with the eyes, nose and mouth and this could adversely affect vision and the senses of smell and taste.  Another effect may be a burning, dry mouth or excess saliva.  Body stress in the neck area may also have an impact on nerve connections to internal organs, such as the heart, lungs and digestive system, undermining normal function.