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One of my students says that in medical school they were taught how to explain their clinical observations in a way that made them sound more official. For example, if you see something once, you can say that "in my experience..." The second time you've observed the same phenomenon, you can say that "in case after case...." Finally, if you're seeing something more than two times, you've seen it "in a series of cases."

Well, last week, in case after case of neck-related pain and discomfort, the cause of the pain came down to one simple movement principle: substitution.
In this video, I explain how the nervous system bridges the gap between what you ask your body to do and performing that task by any means it can. Practically, this can result in the wrong body part moving for one that doesn't respond to the call of the nervous system, or "substitution."

Chronic substitution leads to pain, discomfort, and sets the stage for injury.

Specific Causes of Neck Pain

In the case of neck pain, you'll often see under-performing eyes or stuck vertebrae force the neck into excess movement:

How to avoid these causes of neck pain: Tune up your eyes (try my free visual training course) and do a full-body movement inventory on a regular basis (check out the Z Health R-Phase set).