Few Reasons to Visit Your Chiropractor
The reasons one should visit a chiropractor can be stress relief, however, the reasons to visit are many. The central nervous system controls and coordinates ALL functions in the body. Any structural misalignment in the upper cervical spine can interfere with normal neurological function.
Therefore, making sure your spine healthy is paramount to the rest of the body's function. Everyone who is alive, from birth to death, should have their spine checked for nerve interference to ensure you are functioning optimally.
With this said, many people visit upper cervical chiropractors and have found relief from neck pain, find stress relief, find relaxation, use it for stress management,to help herniated disks, avoid surgery, corrective treatment, improve sleep position, treatment of chronic ear infections and to overcome sleep apnea.
Stress relief is not the only reason to visit your upper cervical chiropractor. Upper cervical chiropractors DO NOT treat these conditions directly, however by increasing normal function many patients find relief from these problems. In this article, we will discuss the relationship each of these problems has with a prior upper cervical injury.
Why Some People Visit an Upper Cervical Chiropractor-Stress Relief
Stress Relief and Relaxation
Trauma induced spinal misalignments cause tension in the musculoskeletal system and can cause the sympathetic nervous system to become overactive. These two factors increase stress in the body and make the individual less able to deal with outside stressors. Correcting irritation to the central nervous system can provide stress relief and help people manage their stress more efficiently.
Stress Management-Tools That provide Stress Relief
There are many things people can do to manage their stress. Most people know that exercise, meditation and getting proper sleep to bring stress relief. Many do not know one of the biggest factors involved in stress management and stress relief is how healthy the individual is.
You can have two people that have the exact same circumstances in life and one feels stressed out while the other is thriving. The difference is how healthy the individual is and how they adapt to the things that are in their life.
Keeping your upper cervical spine clear of nerve irritation makes the individual healthier and allows them to live life with lower stress levels. If you are looking for stress relief you might consider visiting an upper cervical chiropractor.
Herniated Discs and How to Avoid Surgery
A herniated disc can come from an acute injury or long-term repetitive damage resulting from postural imbalance. The brainstem, which is housed inside of the atlas and axis controls postural muscle tone.
Long term imbalance in postural muscle tone causes unequal weight distribution throughout the spine and can lead to disc injury and herniation. Correction of brain stem interference can restore normal symmetry in postural muscle tone and often heal herniated discs.
Correct Posture - How to Improve Posture
Many people seek chiropractic for corrective (postural improvement) of the spine. They have been diagnosed with scoliosis, poor posture or other postural imbalances and seek care to help the body restore balance. Upper Cervical Care has been found to help people with postural imbalance because the control centers for posture are located inside of the brainstem which is protected by the atlas and axis vertebrae.
Postural imbalance can be a result of prior upper cervical spine injury where the top bone in the neck becomes misaligned and irritates the spinal cord causing an imbalance in postural musculature. Correcting these upper neck misalignments can help the body become more balanced and correct the underlying cause of postural faults. Muscle stress relief can be found and posture can be attained if your upper cervical spine is clear of nerve interference.
Sleep Position And Sleep Apnea
Many patients who receive upper cervical chiropractic care report that their snoring, sleep apnea, and poor sleeping posture improve. Of course, upper cervical care is not a cure-all for all of these problems but removing nerve interference to the central nervous system can affect bi-lateral muscle symmetry and also the muscle tone of the soft palate. Much sleep apnea is the result of the soft palate losing normal tone and closing down the airway resulting in sleep apnea. This cause of sleep apnea can be related to the upper cervical spine and correcting it can help the soft palate tone normalize.
One of the most thoroughly researched conditions is ear infections and atlas misalignment. (1,2,3,4,5). Many pediatric patients with chronic ear infections find relief and resolution following upper cervical chiropractic care. The eustachian tube is lined by muscles which when functioning properly keep the eustachian tube open.
Upper Cervical Misalignments can cause interference to the normal tone of these muscles which can cause eustachian tube dysfunction causing fluid in the inner ear to be trapped. This can result in chronic ear infections. If you or a loved one has a pediatric child who suffers from chronic ear infections it would be wise to have them checked at an upper cervical chiropractor’s office.
What Exactly Does A Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractor Do? Looking For Stress Relief?
Beyond the stress relief and relief from symptoms that can happen flowing upper cervical chiropractic care-What exactly does an upper cervical chiropractor do? Blair upper cervical chiropractors are specially trained to locate and correct structural misalignments in the upper cervical spine.
While the goal of Blair upper cervical care is not to correct posture, it is a side benefit of removing nerve interference. The exercises that we talked about in the above article are supplementary to Blair Upper Cervical Care. Since the postural centers are located int eh brainstem, it is paramount that this area of the spine is not compromised by prior neck injury.
Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractors take precise imaging in the form of cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) or digital x-ray to determine the exact direction of joint misalignment. This works because the joints in the neck are mirror images of one another.
Therefore, if a whiplash or other injury damages the soft tissue and ligaments that support the normal joint motion, and the joints become misaligned. Imaging the joints will allow the doctor to see how you are out of alignment and the angulation of your joints.
This information is then used to make a precise spinal correction unique to the individual's misalignment and anatomy. Once corrected, the patient is then monitored overtime to ensure that the body is healing, and the correction is staying on its normal range of motion. If on subsequent visits the vertebrae have misaligned again another correction is administered. If the objective tests indicate that there is no interference and the vertebrae are in their proper range of motion, then no correction is necessary.
If you or a loved one is looking for stress relief or just looking to be healthier our Los Angeles offices offer a FREE consultation. Los Angeles office 213 399-7772 and Carson office 310 324-6172.
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