Why would you ever want to go to a Specialist in Upper Cervical Care if you have low back pain, or shoulder, or leg pain? It is certainly reasonable to understand thinking in such a way. To explain. We already know that the upper neck area controls almost all the function of the body, this is absolutely true. We are not going to talk about muscles, per se. We are not going to focus on blood supply, to the extent that we are going to talk about the nerve supply. Try moving your right arm. Raise it up and drop it down. What occurred at that very moment is that the muscles in your arm and shoulder contracted and your arm moved, but the nerves commanded those muscles to contract and relax.
You have nerves supplying every part of your body. The spinal cord goes from the base of the skull to the bottom of the lumbar spine to a point just below the waist. If you have a slight amount of pressure at the base of the skull it can affect muscle contractions or relaxations in the lower back. It can cause problems in the arms or into the legs.
Let us explain. A rheostat is in your living room where you want to dim the lights, the bulb is might be across the room, but you are standing on the other side of the room and you are turning the rheostat up and down. The higher you go the brighter the light. The lower you go the dimmer the light. This essentially is a good example if you have a slight amount of pressure at the base of the skull. You may have some light numbness problems or mild headaches or mild stiffness, but if you have more pressure at the base of the skull you are likely to have severe headaches, dizziness or other symptoms that the nervous system can create all the way into the neck and lower back. You can adjust and treat the low back many times, but it isn't until you get up higher, at the base of the skull, that the results will be as quick, or as satisfactory to the patient in regards to symptoms.
Another example would be if you have a crack in the ceiling. However, the problem is it keeps cracking every time you patch it. That is because, more than likely, the foundation on the other side of the building has a structural problem. So, regardless of how many times you seek treatment, you do not necessarily treat the area of pain, you are treating where it is coming from. In many instances it is coming from the upper neck and we have seen many times, people are able to bend over and touch their toes after the first adjustment, or at least a 50% reduction of symptoms, and they are ecstatic, and we never moved the bone in the lower back. This is the power of Upper Cervical.
There are always exceptions to the rule. For instance, there may be a direct problem in the lower back, shoulder, or arm. We will detect that through our examination as well, and we will approach it differently than adjusting the neck. We may adjust the neck along with the area exhibiting symptoms. For example, with low back pain, we may adjust the lower back, but our treatment is also different, where, again, no twisting or popping is applied.
85% of the patients that we treat at this office see results from adjusting the misalignment at the upper neck area, and dramatic reduction of the symptoms of their primary complaint, regardless of where it is located on the body...return to home page