Developed by B.J. Palmer and debuted at his Palmer School of Chiropractic in the 1930s, upper cervical chiropractic is a specialized form of chiropractic care. The two top vertebrae move in six directions to provide range of motion to the head, and upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the relationship between those vertebrae and the rest of the body. Here are 5 top benefits of upper cervical chiropractic.
The spine is a fully connected system, so adjustments to the neck have a strong impact on the rest of the spine. Upper cervical chiropractic can realign your posture, reducing pressure, minimizing fatigue, and reducing or eliminating pain. Because the postural muscles must support your spine, improving your posture is fundamental to boosting your overall health and wellbeing.
Chronic Pain Relief
The head is heavy, weighing in at 10 to 12 pounds, and your upper cervical spine is responsible for holding it up. When these vertebrae are out of alignment, the body uses the “righting reflex” to compensate. This can lead to muscle spasms throughout the body, especially the lower back and shoulders. Even if your chronic pain is attributable to another cause, such as illness or traumatic injury, upper cervical chiropractic can help reduce the pain by improving your body’s ability to support the damaged area.
The brain stem, which oversees all the primitive functions of the body, is located directly above the upper cervical vertebrae. Adjusting those vertebrae rebalances the brain stem, and hence the central nervous system. This boosts the natural immune responses, resulting in improved treatment outcomes and fewer colds, flus, and other common illnesses.
Lower Blood Pressure
Even a minor misalignment of the upper cervical spine can cause pressure or pinching of the brain stem, reducing circulation and increasing blood pressure. According to a 2007 landmark study, in some cases, upper cervical realignment can lower blood pressure as well as traditional two-drug medical therapy.
Better Mood and Energy
Upper cervical chiropractic can rebalance the hormones secreted by the brain. Traditional drug therapy for anxiety and depression reduces the hormones with negative effects and increases those that have positive effects. In many people, upper cervical chiropractic care meets the same goal without side effects.
Energy levels increase when fatigue is reduced. A body that is under constant stress needs more sleep, and the sleep it gets may not be restful. Improving posture through upper cervical realignment takes physical stress off the body, improving sleep quality and raising daytime energy levels.
Upper cervical chiropractic care is a valuable tool in the quest for optimal health and wellbeing. It can boost your immune system, regulate your moods, and relieve pain. If you have an underlying medical condition, realigning your upper cervical spine may even help improve your treatment outcomes. Of course, you should seek your medical doctor’s advice before obtaining chiropractic care if you have any underlying illnesses or injuries.
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