The upper cervical junction is the weakest region of the human spine. More than half of the head movements occur between the head and the top two cervical vertebrae (c1/c2). An injury to the head and neck can cause tearing of loose ligaments and tendons in complex ways, that the head will no longer stay aligned properly. Unless the head and neck alignment is properly evaluated, some parts of the body will not be able to communicate efficiently with the brain.
Trillions of nerve fibers from the brainstem travel through the small opening in the atlas (C1) and flow down into the spinal column. The slightest degree of upper cervical misalignment of the spine can cause body imbalance and brain stem compression. This can result in increased health problems throughout the entire body.
NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association) has developed a very precise system of analysis to calculate the corrective force to bring back the head, neck, and atlas back into an alignment. These sophisticated calculations allow us to correct this complex and delicate region of the spine with very little force and no “twisting” or “popping” of the neck. As the correction in the upper neck is achieved, the entire body is brought back into balance as stress on posture nerves feeding the brain stem is relieved.