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The head and neck allow you to think, see, hear, speak, smell, and taste.  Some features of the head include, but are not limited to, the brains, pituitary gland, nerves, eyes, nose, ears, and mouth.  The neck consists of the sternocleidomastoid muscle (the main muscle located in the front of the neck), thyroid glands, parathyroid glands (controls calcium levels in the bones), pharynx, larynx, and trachea.

It is very important to keep the head and neck in proper alignment, because if not, it can have a negative effect on your physical health and social well-being.  For instance, when the head and neck are in a proper position, vision and mobility can improve.  For the eyes to work at optimum functionality, the head must be stable. 

Proper alignment of the head and neck also improves the basic functions of the body, such as breathing and swallowing, which reduces the risk of choking.  From a medical standpoint, having the head and neck positioned correctly can reduce the risk of deformities, such as scoliosis.

Abnormal posture can have a negative impact on the nerves, which can cause overall weakness.  However, on the other hand, a properly aligned posture will reduce tightness and pain in the head and neck.

Some ailments associated with the head and neck includes:

Salivary gland stones are a calcification that forms inside the duct, and will limit the flow of saliva to the mouth.  You may not think too much about saliva; however, it is important for overall mouth health and digestion.

Abnormal thyroid nodules can cause unexplained weight loss or weight gain, tremors, weakness, excessive perspiration, or an irregular or increased heartbeat.

Parathyroid Disease is when abnormally high calcium levels are found in the blood, basically, stealing calcium from other cells and organs that require it.