Why Is It Important to Pay Attention to Upper Cervical Care
When receiving chiropractic care, your chiropractor will express the importance of upper cervical care as part of your care plan. Here’s why.
Brain to Body Connection
Your brain controls all your body’s functions. Your brain sends messages to the areas of your body needing healing through nerve fibers. The first bone in your neck, called the atlas, contains the opening that acts as a pathway for nerve fiber messages to flow down the spinal cord to all the cells in your body. When the head and neck are misaligned, spinal cord compression occurs which disrupts these vital messages from being received. Without these healing messages, pain and health problems can occur or be intensified.
There are several health issues that chiropractors have linked to the upper cervical region. Most would probably surprise you. If you suffer from any of these health conditions, ask your chiropractor about upper cervical care:
- Acid Reflux
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Bell’s Palsy
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
No Means to Self-Correct
The two bones at the base of your skull, the atlas and the axis, are not able to self-correct themselves when they become misaligned. This is because the muscles that support them receive nerve supply from nerves that pass through both bones. Any pressure the bones put on the muscles can prevent the spine from functioning properly.
When your chiropractor practices upper cervical care, they will administer precise direct adjustments focused on the upper neck region, just below the base of the skull. These small adjustments go a long way to providing you with long lasting relief from a large number of pain and health conditions.
At Point Pleasant Chiropractic we customize a plan that’s aimed at your individual needs. If you suffer from chronic pain or have other health concerns, ask us about upper cervical care today.