What is Upper Cervical Chiropractic?
When the spine is properly aligned, it is extremely strong and stable. However, the top two segments (the Atlas and the Axis) are extremely vulnerable to injury or misalignment because of their mobility.
When a misalignment occurs at the top of the neck, the entire spine compensates or adapts in an attempt to protect the vital nervous system that is encased inside your vertebrae. The result is pain in your neck, back, hips, arms, hands, almost anywhere because the nervious system is all interconnected! So a upper cervical misalignment triggers a chain reaction from the top of the spine to the bottom.
When the head is off balance, the lower spine is compromised; the pelvis is tilted, or one leg may be drawn up or shortened, resulting in an internal weakness and a spine that is imbalanced. This chain reaction also makes the spinal muscles, bones, and discs more vulnerable to injury – an accident waiting to happen. If neglected, an upper cervical misalignment can lead to premature arthritis and irreversible spinal degeneration.
The good news is the Atlas and the Axis can be gently moved back into place with no pain using hand manipulations or even better, soundwaves! By adjusting this area, we can bring painless relief of many common ailments without the use of medication or surgery.
Below is a short video on how important the Atlas (C1) is to the health of the whole body, and the problems that can occur if it is out of alignment.