It is all connected

Before patients start upper cervical chiropractic care, they often ask:

  • How can adjusting just my neck make my low back feel better?

  • How can a misalignment in my neck cause my shoulder to be frozen or my jaw to be locked?

  • Why does this adjustment have such a big affect on my nervous system?

This week, a large majority of patients in the office under the care of the Blair Upper Cervical Technique experienced low back pain / symptoms while being out of alignment in their neck. One patient that was holding their adjustment - and didn’t need an adjustment- reported feeling a strength they hadn’t felt to their core and center. It is all connected!

This isn’t a surprise to the chiropractor that practices upper cervical adjusting and analysis, but it could use explaining to those that don’t get to see these results daily.

The primary focus of upper cervical care is the top two bones - C1 and C2- in the neck, just under the skull. Being so unique, they have been given names: C1 is named Atlas because it holds your world -brain- up and C2 is named axis, because it allows C1 to rotate around an axis allowing us to turn our heads more. This mobility in the top of the neck, what medical doctors refer to as the craniocervical junction, is why there is less stability. A trained chiropractor can give it the special attention it needs with upper cervical care.

To answer some of the questions new patients have without going into a full blog post about anatomy and physiology, the righting reflex is how low back pain can be alleviated by adjusting the neck. Additionally, movement of the jaw, shoulder and other structures in the upper body often have muscles that insert on the bones and in neck and share nerves. Basically: it is all connected.

If you or someone you know has had a health issue or concern that hasn’t improved or responded with current treatment: