You know that noise your smoke alarm makes when the battery is low? It’s loud, it’s piercing and it’s extremely annoying – especially if you don’t have a replacement battery on hand. In times of crisis however, it’s designed to be heard and alert you that there’s a problem in your home. What does any of this have to do with my specialty – Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic? Allow me to explain…
Your body’s natural ability to maintain optimal health relies on proper head and neck alignment. When aligned, messages pass easily from your brain, down through your nervous system, to the rest of your body and back. One of the main functions of your spine is to house and protect the nervous system from harm. When misalignment of your spine occurs, instead of protecting the nervous system, your spine begins to create stress and harm to your nerves – eventually this may manifest in pain, discomfort and injury throughout your body.
Because the upper two vertebrae in the neck account for almost half of our head movements, they are especially vulnerable to subluxation (misalignment). And, believe it or not – EVERY nerve in your body has to travel between those two bones in order to connect from the brain to your body.
The pain you feel in your knee, your persistent migraines, the numbness and tingling in your hand, or one of many other symptoms may have actually originated as a result of nerve interference in your neck. And, if you do not take action to REMOVE the nerve interference in this area, the rest of your body will never be able to heal because it will always be compensating for the interference.
Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care focuses SOLELY on restoring the alignment of these two vertebrate and removing nerve interference at the source, rather than treating the symptoms. I recently had a gentleman in his 70’s come to see me because of intense low back pain. When I asked him how he was managing the pain, he told me that he was taking 4 to 5 Advil at a time, 3 TIMES a day – that’s 12 to 15 Advil A DAY! In addition to potentially harming his liver, the pain never went away, it was just managed. He was treating the symptoms, but what about the cause?
Remember the smoke alarm I mentioned earlier? Here’s how it relates – taking medicine, doing physical therapy, or even resorting to surgery is akin to treating the symptoms. You’re in your house, the smoke alarm is beeping and instead of looking for a fire, you’ve taken the batteries out to stop the beeping. Yes, it’s quiet for a bit, but what about the fire? Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care treats the cause, extinguishes the “fire” and promotes your body’s ability to heal naturally.
Another way to look at it, for you green thumbs out there, treating the symptoms is like cutting the stem of a weed to remove it from your garden. Sure, you won’t see if for a while and the garden may look better, but the root remains and the weed will grow again another day (and eventually become a much bigger weed with stronger roots!)
Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care gets to the root of your pain. We remove the misalignment that is causing interference with your nerves, help them calm down and return to a healthy state. The results have been called astounding, but quite simply, we are removing the interference, restoring brain/body communication and allowing your body to what it does best – heal itself. As both a practitioner and a previous patient, I can attest that Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care is simple, noninvasive and incredibly effective.