Overview Of Upper Cervical Care:
Upper Cervical Care is a rapidly growing form of health care that focuses on the intricate relationship between the alignment of the top two bones in the neck (C1,C2) and the function of the Central Nervous System (Brain and Spinal Cord), because of how critical this relationship is to health and wellness.
The Brain Stem sits right above the C1 vertebra, and essentially acts as the ‘fuse box’ for all brain-to-body communication. This area is the center of the Autonomic Nervous System, which controls all the functions in our body that we don’t think about: blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, postural control, healing, etc.
By restoring balance to the Central Nervous System through a specific Upper Cervical correction, the body is free to heal and function optimally. This is why Upper Cervical Care is so effective for chronic, complicated conditions that have not typically responded to other conventional or alternative treatments.
When there is a misalignment in the upper neck, the body responds by creating a global compensation pattern in order to keep the eyes level with the horizon (this is called the ‘Righting Reflex’). This pattern creates abnormal gravitational stress on certain areas of the body, forcing these areas to degenerate quicker than others. Do you ever wonder why most people only get 1 hip replaced? It is not because one hip is older than the other one – it is simply that one hip is degenerating quicker than the other because it is carrying more of the gravitational load.
This compensation pattern often leads to musculoskeletal conditions such as: neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, jaw clicking/pain, tension headaches, and many others.
Unlike conventional medicine that seeks to treat symptoms for temporary relief, Upper Cervical Care corrects the cause of the problem for a more permanent change. Find out more by checking out the NUCCA website.
An Upper Cervical Chiropractor takes great care in determining where a misalignment is in the spine and then corrects this misalignment with a precise adjustment. This serves to restore proper brain to body communication by removing interference or distortions, allowing the body to once again generate health. This is the ONLY goal of a Upper Cervical Chiropractic. We do NOT treat symptoms or disease, however when there is no interference to the nerve system that give your body the best chance to heal from whatever symptom or “disease” you may be suffering with.
Benefits of Upper Cervical Care:
One way the body is through pain and inflammation in the affected area. When the body's nervous system is not communicating well, it triggers a pain response. Upper cervical chiropractic care helps eliminate this pain by properly aligning the top of the nervous system so messages flow more effectively through the body. Lower back pain is most common in our current work environment.
When the upper cervical area is in proper alignment, the nervous system is able to communicate as it should. This results in better quality and quantity of sleep for many patients. The added benefit of less overall pain also increases the amount of quality sleep. Since over 60 percent of adults in America suffer from sleeping problems a few nights a week, improving your sleep could have a huge impact on your overall livelihood.
Upper cervical chiropractic care can help improve overall moods. Proper alignment of the atlas and axis helps control hormone levels, resulting in fewer negative hormones, like cortisol, and better levels of mood-boosting hormones, like dopamine, for a better overall mood. Less pain and increased sleep also help improve your mood.
When your body's nervous system is properly functioning, your immune system will be better equipped to fight off the viruses and bacteria you are exposed to. In fact, one study found that long-term chiropractic care increased an individual's immune system strength by as much as 200%. This means that you will likely have fewer bouts of colds and flu. When you do get sick, your body will be able to fight off the sickness more effectively.
Fewer Prescription Drugs
When the body is functioning at its best possible level, sicknesses that require prescription drugs are far less common. This means that people who pursue upper cervical chiropractic care often notice that they need fewer prescription drugs, hospital visits, and doctor's office trips.
You want to feel your best, have plenty of energy, and ward off colds and other sicknesses more effectively. Consider upper cervical chiropractic care to experience relief from these conditions for yourself.
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