Upper Cervical Chiropractor

Complex Health Issues From the Neck

The top part of our head plays an important role in the central nervous system. Sometimes, an injury to the head and (or) neck can cause damage to the upper neck. The atlas (C1) misalignment between the base of the skull and upper neck affects our posture and the central nervous system, and this can translate into chronic pain.

The upper neck houses many important structures near the brain which are responsible for vital functions to survive such as the brainstem, spinal cord, blood and CSF flow system. When there’s a malformation or misalignment in the upper neck (craniocervical junction), this will interfere with the nervous system functions. As a result, a persistent, disordered, twisted body posture remains and stay locked causing further weakness and deterioration. The atlas (C1) misalignment can be the root cause of the complex health issues.

The Root Cause: Atlas Subluxation

The structural misalignment in the upper neck can cause a wide variety of neurological health problems in different parts of the body. Due to the complexity of this joint, it requires extra careful attention and analysis to correct and restore your health and make sure your nerves are functioning properly.

Why the Neck?

Misalignments lead to Bad Posture

The upper cervical spine, the part part of our neck, is somehow misaligned and affecting the nervous system, this phenomenon causes poor body posture. Throughout the healthcare history, health and wellness professionals have been disciplined to correct structural imbalance in our posture, because professionals have been witnessing the substantial benefits to how our vital functions.

Image a bowling bowl on a stick. The weight of the bowling ball will lead the rest of the body. More it bends or twists, or even leans to the sides will cause more pressure on the stick. Very similar things happen to our body frame as well. Sustained abnormal body posture will play a causative or contributing role into further stress or degenerate our spinal joints and discs.

Head Position Matters

A car accident or a sports injury can be one of the many things that cause the atlas (c-1) spine to misalign. As the head moves off the center, the entire spinal structure twists including the pelvis.

The craniocervical junction (CCJ), which is the base of the skull and the top part of our neck meet, influences how our brain communicates. This region is not just unique in anatomical structure, but this area coordinates with eyes, ears, both feet and ankle to understand where our body is in space.

Many studies have been pointing the fingers at this specific region that this area can be the chokepoint for the CSF circulation (supplying and draining) between the brain and the rest of the spine.


Common Signs and Symptoms

The atlas vertebrae misalignment in the upper neck can causes structural and neurological symptoms in our body. It appears that those symptoms experienced followed by a concussion, a whiplash, and the craniocervical syndrome appear strikingly similar to each other. The signs and symptoms includes: chronic headache, migraine, dizziness, loss of balance, pressure in the eyes, numbness and tinging, neck pain, neck stiffness, sensitivity to lights and noises, jaw pain, but not limited to.

NUCCA Chiropractic in Illinois

Dr. Hwang provides unique solution to complex health problems. NUCCA is designed to restore body balance and functions by precisely correcting the head and neck misalignment.

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.

It’s important to check if the neck is playing a causative or contributory role in progressing or degenerative neurological and functional health issues.

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