What is Upper Cervical Chiropractic?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a specialized field of alternative healthcare that focuses on maintaining the delicate balance between the top two bones of the neck (known as the upper cervical spine), the skull, and the nervous system. The upper cervical spine consists of the atlas (C1) and axis (C2). These two bones are completely different from all other vertebrae in shape and movement. The top two bones in your neck surround the area of your spinal cord known as the brainstem (Medulla Oblongata). The brainstem is responsible for everything that occurs in the body. The upper cervical spine is the power switch or Huston Control of the entire body because of its intimate relationship with the brain and brainstem. Injury from events such as falls, auto accidents, or a stressful birth process can cause an Upper Cervical Neuro-Structural Shift, known as a “subluxation”, misalignments, or imbalance in the upper cervical spine.
Upper Cervical Neuro-Structural Shift is a term applied to a condition where the top two bony segments of the spine become slightly displaced from their normal positions. As a result, nerve tracks from the brainstem impinge. This obstruction blocks nerve transmission to various parts of the body. While not always painful, the “subluxation” obstructs proper function and healing of your body. Mild to moderate nerve obstruction of the upper spine may cause spinal cord pressure resulting in sickness and disease, while serious trauma may result in instant death.
Fortunately, through detection by examination, radiographic analysis, and Specific Upper Cervical Chiropractic, these displaced bones of the spine can be adjusted or replaced to normal. This takes the pressure off the nerve tracks (or brainstem). Nothing is removed from the body nor is anything added to it. The spine is simply in line and the body functions, as it should in health.
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