The Upper Cervical Spine
In order to grasp the Upper Cervical concept you must first understand how the body is created, and more importantly, how it is designed to function normally and remain healthy. The brain stem controls and coordinates virtually every vital function of the body and acts as a conduit between the brain and the body. It extends from the brain down through an opening in the base of your skull and into the upper cervical region of the spine. Working much like a telephone network, the brain stem has millions of individual wires, or nerve fibers, that send signals back and forth between the brain to every system, organ, muscle and cell within the body. We must have 100% brain-to-body communication in order to function properly and remain healthy.
The top two bones in the neck, the atlas and axis, are the only two vertebrae in the entire spine that do not have an intervertebral disc. They are designed to move in six directions and are considered freely moveable. By contrast, every other bone in the spine, from the third vertebra all the way down to the bottom, not only have a disc but also four inter-locking joints that only allow the bones to move in two directions. As a result, the top two freely moveable bones are much more susceptible to misalignment. If one of the upper two bones becomes misaligned, two things happen. First and foremost, it irritates or interferes with the brain stem and reduces the brain-to-body communication. Wherever those messages were intended to go, whether it’s your foot, kidney, pancreas, heart, lungs, eyes or ears, it is going to malfunction, become sick and possibly shutdown. Secondly, consider the upper spine a kinetic chain, connected from head to toe. If either of the top two bones becomes misaligned, the rest of the body must compensate or adapt, resulting in total “body imbalance." In the end, your health and physical body will be compromised. This condition is called an Upper Cervical Subluxation