So, what is a Subluxation?
It's a big fancy word that means a Misalignment of your Head and Neck
Your head, which weighs about 10 pounds, balances delicately on a vertebrae known as the atlas (the first bone in your neck), which in turn sits on a vertebrae called the axis (the second bone in your neck). These vertebrae surround your brain stem, through which messages from your brain flow down the spinal cord and out through your nervous system to the rest of your body.
If your atlas and axis shift off of the center of your spine, your head and neck will become misaligned, which can cause interference to the normal flow of your nervous system and distort the healing messages that are constantly being sent from your brain to every part of your body. This interference or irritation is called an upper cervical subluxation.
A Misalignment Causes a Variety of Problems
The human body is normally a self-healing organism, with the brain being the master controller of every system and cell in the body. With proper nervous system function, your body can and will operate at full potential, ultimately expressing optimal health due to proper brain/body communication.
However, if your head and neck are misaligned, causing the nervous system interference known as upper cervical subluxation, you can experience problems from two different underlying issues:
Nervous System Interference – Because of the subluxation/misalignment, your brain cannot properly communicate with your body on how to effectively fight off disease and dysfunction, and problems ensue. Watch a video explaining your nerve sysyem.
Body Structure Shifts – Your body will react to the head/neck misalignment by attempting to compensate. Your posture will shift, and other parts of your body, such as your pelvis or shoulders, will become misaligned as well. When these shifts occur many symptoms can develop, including headaches, muscle stiffness, muscle pain and sciatica.
Think of it like stepping on a garden hose - You step on the hose and the water flow is less than optimal - remove the pressure from the hose and the water flows at 100% - Same deal with a misalignment of your atlas or axis. Remove the misalignment and your brain can communicate with the rest of your body without interuption!
Because of all this, upper cervical subluxations/mislaignments can manifest as numerous different health symptoms or conditions including: migraines, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, asthma, trigeminal neuralgia, digestive disorders and more!
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