Neck Exercises To Maintain Upper Cervical Corrections

By Drew Hall | About Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Apr 30

Looking To Help Stabilize Your Upper Cervical Chiropractic Correction? | Implement These Neck Exercises In Your Daily Regimen

In the following video are several SIMPLE upper neck exercises that can help stabilize your Upper Cervical Corrections. When the neck is injured the soft tissue , ligaments and tendons are weakened. Also the structure adapts to the injury and the musculo-skeletal skeletal system adapts into an imbalanced pattern throughout the body. These exercises can help keep your upper cervical correction in its normal range of motion. It is best to preform them three times a day. Patterning in the muscles and weakness in the soft tissue cause the atlas to be susceptible to "shifting" back to the weakness or out of alignment state. By preforming these exercises daily you can help maintain motion in the affected joints and help maintain your upper cervical correction.


What Is Upper Cervical Chiropractic?

The goal of upper cervical care is to correct atlas(c-1) and axis(c-2) misalignments. Upper cervical doctors run objective neurological test to determine whether or not a person has an upper neck misalignment. Once located precise x-rays are taken to determine direction of the misalignment and the angle of the joints that are involved. This information is then used to make precise correction to the atlas or axis. Once corrected the patient is monitored over time to make sure they are maintaining the correction. If the correction has misaligned again another correction is made. If the tests indicate it is in alignment no correction is made on that visit. While the correction is maintained is when healing accrues.


We hope that his blog has been helpful and informative and leads those who suffer in the direction of healing! Upper Cervical Chiropractors are specially trained to locate and correct spinal misalignments in the upper neck. They pay close attention to this region of the body as it is structurally the weakest and neurologically the most important. The skull weighs 10-12 pounds and rests on the atlas (c-1) which weighs two ounces. This area is supported by ligaments, muscles, and soft tissue. As a result of its construction it is a weak link of the spine. It is susceptible to injury. Sports traumas, auto accidents, and other traumatic injury can cause structural misalignments which in turn have deleterious effects on the central nervous system. Once injured the postural muscles throughout the spine adapt causing lower spine misalignemnts that are adaptive.(fig. 1) This stresses the central nervous system and can cause dysfunction throughout the body. Because the central nervous system is responsible for controlling every tissue in the body , when it is affected it can cause any part of the body to malfunction. This can explain why so many different symptoms and diseases have been known to respond to an upper neck correction. There are several research articles that have been published that go into great depth about how upper neck injury can affect disease processes throughout the body.(1)


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