When the atlas and the axis (the top two bones in your neck) are out of alignment causing your head to move from the midline, your brain will make the adjustments it needs in order to keep your head in balance with the rest of your body.
All this shifting of weight is done at the cost of our muscle and joints. Uneven weight bearing causes increased stress on not only your spine, but all of your joints. The muscles on one side of your body are shortened and tightened, while the muscles on the other side get stretched and lengthened. Over time this stress will lead to neck, back and shoulder pain, as well as advanced forms of degeneration like bone spurs and fusion of the vertebrae, and even herniated discs.
By restoring and maintaining proper position of the skull, atlas and axis, you can start to correct your posture and release the torquing effect of the muscles, all while saving your poor joints. So if it’s been a while or you haven’t had your spine checked at all, it’s high time you did! Next time we’ll talk about why we focus on the atlas and axis in our advanced orthogonal adjustments!
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Accidents and Injuries — Old injuries can weaken the structures around the brain and nervous system, allowing them to become misaligned. A misalignment at the base of the head (upper cervical spine) have been shown to cause changes in the way the brain and nervous system control the body.
Reduced Function — Nerve flow and circulation between the brain-stem and the body becomes altered. This causes an increase in muscle tone along one side of the body, stressing the shoulder, spine, pelvis and hips. It also begins to affect the autonomic control of the internal organs of the body.
Increasing Pain and Degeneration — Over time, pain develops throughout the body and joints begin to age prematurely leading to arthritis and degeneration. Disrupted autonomic control can develop into chronic asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, digestive problems, acid re-flux, fatigue and many other symptoms. The upper cervical chiropractic treatment technique known as Advanced Atlas Orthogonal is an effective way to counteract these and other common nervous system issues.
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At all times, your body is continuously compensating in order to stay balanced over your feet, keep your head over your neck and keep your eyes level to the horizon. This is called the righting reflex. So what does this have to do with gentle chiropractic care?
Stand up in front of a mirror and I’ll show you!
Okay, now while standing, tilt you head to the left; now your head is out of balance with the rest of your body. Now hike your left hip up; what happens? Your head tilts even farther to the left. Now hike up your right hip; this movement allows your spine to move in a direction that slightly brings the head back closer to the midline of your body, closer to balance. If you’ll notice, with your hip hiked up, one leg now seems shorter than the other and one shoulder is higher than the other. This is what happens when you have an upper cervical misalignment.
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