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About Upper Cervical

"The Secret of the Body's Houston Control"

The human body is a complex creation with the phenomenal ability to heal itself - given the right conditions. The Body is composed of Trillions of Cells that function in coordination with each other, to keep the body Healthy and Alive.

Each cell has 3 main functions to perform

  • Reproduce itself
  • Get ride of waste/toxins/byproducts
  • Produce a product/be productive

Organs like the Liver, Lungs, Heart, Pancreas, and Kidneys are made up of millions of cells all producing the same thing, getting ride of waste, and reproducing the same way.

This is all controlled by the brain, like a powerful computer system, it sends and receives important messages that control and monitor all cells, in turn controlling all bodily functions. If all the messages are sent from the brain and received by the cells, then the cells work correctly (reproduces itself, gets rid of waste, and functions correctly). If the cell sends messages to the brain and the brain can receive them, the brain can determine what the cell needs. In response the brain sends messages to help the cell.

illustration10_20x30There are millions of health and healing messages per second back and forth to all parts of the body, to every cell. These messages govern the thousands of functions that keep our body operational.

Every one of these messages passes through a small area of the neck at the point where the head and neck join (Skull/C1/C2 area). It's a critical area in the brain's communication pathway for sending its health and healing messages through the Brainstem down the spinal cord, out over the nervous system to all the cells in the body.

When the head is not positioned on the neck correctly information is not sent properly. If too much Information is being sent, that can cause hyperactivity or over production. Too little information can cause hypoactivity or too little production. When too little signals are sent it can result in limited production of Hormones, Insulin, and many others. Too many signals can result in Migraines, Rapid Heart beat, and many other problems/symptoms.

That part of the body that fails to receive proper brain messages cannot function in a normal manner.

The head weighs between 8 and 14 lbs and rests in a delicate balance at the top of the spine. The head must remain perfectly balanced and in alignment on top of the neck, to prevent any interference in brain to body communication.

MOST PEOPLE EXPERIENCE HEAD/NECK MISALIGNMENT WITHOUT EVER EVEN KNOWING IT
There are many ways this critical head/neck area can become misaligned; a fall, an accident, a bump on the head, bad sleeping habits or poor posture. Misalignment can even occur during the birth process. Forceps used as a birthing aid, or a simple twist of the head during delivery can bring on misalignment! Any type of misalignment, regardless of how it occurred, restricts or distorts brainstem messages in this critical area at the top of the neck. Left unchecked this misalignment can cause pain and symptoms to develop and increase during one's lifetime.
HEAD/NECK MISALIGNMENT IS ALWAYS PRESENT BEFORE PAIN AND SYMPTOMS APPEAR

Due to the complexity of the upper neck, when a misalignment occurs the body can't reposition the head correctly on the neck because:

  • Weight of the Head relative to the C1 atlas (approximately 80/1 ratio)
  • Gravity Pulling Down on the Head
  • Set up of the Neck Muscles
  • Connection of all the Ligaments/Fascia/Membrane at the Upper Neck
  • Compression of the Nerves that Coordinate all the Muscles (Allowing them to Move the Head Correctly)

There are Ligaments that Connect C2 Directly to the Skull allowing for Head Mobility. This also prevents the Skull-C1-C2 from separating like other Spinal Bones. Regardless of how misalignment occurs, it can prevent the body from sending “S.O.S.” messages to the brain when in need of help. That part of the body that cannot effectively communicate with the brain will begin to develop symptoms and health problems. These health problems will grow worse until the

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misalignment is corrected and effective brain to body communication is restored.

This Is How You Fix It

The Upper Cervical Doctor's specialty is THE UPPER CERVICAL SPINAL CORRECTION, which is a Specific Re-Positioning of C1 or C2, Requires NO forceful pulling, twisting or jerking motion of the neck. The Correction is specifically designed to correct the head/neck misalignment, to restore body balance, and to re-activate brain communication to the areas affected by the misalignment.

As soon as the correction is made, muscles begin to relax, blood and oxygen circulation increases, the immune system gains strength and coordination.
Then the body's natural, self-healing process begins. This natural self-healing process continues as long as the head/neck alignment is maintained and the brain can communicate without interference to all parts of the body.

Pictures from Atlas of Human Anatomy 2nd edition
Frank H. Netter, M.D.

 

(Reprint with permission from Daniel O. Clark, D.C. 702-896-9228)