Have you ever considered that your vertigo, dizziness, jaw pain, brain fog, or sleep problems could be due to misalignment in your neck? The upper cervical spine protects the body’s master control center, and if your top vertebrae are out of place, it can have a tremendous impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Upper cervical chiropractic care addresses this misalignment, getting to the root cause of your symptoms for natural pain relief.
What is upper cervical chiropractic care?
Upper cervical care is a branch of chiropractic treatment that focuses on proper alignment of the top vertebrae – C1, or atlas and C2, or axis. What’s so significant about these vertebrae? The upper cervical spine surrounds the lower brainstem, which extends out of the skull and into the neck. The brainstem controls many of the body’s vital activities including heart rate, balance, coordination, breathing, digestion, blood pressure, and inflammatory response – basically a whole bunch of important functions you don’t have to think about. When there is a subluxation in the upper cervical spine, the atlas and axis vertebrae put tension on the brainstem instead of protecting it. Upper cervical chiropractic care corrects this misalignment for improved wellbeing and to prevent health problems in the future.
Symptoms of upper cervical misalignment
Also called atlas subluxation, misalignment of the upper cervical spine can cause a range of symptoms that vary from one patient to the next. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of misalignment in the upper cervical spine include:
Headaches that start at the base of the skull
Vertigo, dizziness, faintness, and ringing in the ears
Neck pain and stiffness that cause loss of motion
Pain between the shoulder blades or between the neck and shoulders
Jaw pain due to TMJ dysfunction
A distorted posture due to head or shoulder tilt
Having one leg shorter than the other
Lower back pain and disk damage
Brain fog due to blockage of blood flow
Grinding teeth at night
Each of these individual or combined issues can greatly impact a patient’s quality of life until the root cause of the problem is addressed through upper cervical chiropractic care.
Benefits of upper cervical chiropractic care
Upper cervical chiropractic care returns proper alignment to the upper cervical spine, relieving nerve pressure, relaxing surrounding muscles, and restoring blood flow. As a result, immune and cognitive functions improve and the body can begin to heal itself. Correcting alignment of the upper cervical spine also improves symptoms in TMJ sufferers, as the upper neck is intimately connected to jaw function. At Loy Chiropractic, we begin treatment by taking a Motion Study x-ray of the upper cervical spine to determine exactly how the atlas vertebra is misaligned. From here, Dr. Loy will develop an individualized treatment plan to realign the upper spine and strengthen surrounding muscles for long-lasting relief.
Upper cervical chiropractic care could be the solution you’ve been looking for
Misaligned vertebrae in the upper cervical spine can create a variety of symptoms in the body that are often diagnosed and treated without defining the root cause of the problem. If you suffer from jaw pain due to TMJ dysfunction, persistent headaches, brain fog, or difficulty sleeping and feel like you’ve exhausted your treatment options, please give us a call. At Loy Chiropractic, we believe in the body’s natural ability to heal itself when spinal alignment and nerve function are restored. Dr. Loy is passionate about educating his patients on how spinal health is closely tied to overall health and wellbeing and would be honored to do the same for you.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation at (858) 436-7162.