The Atlas/Axis Connection
The first seven vertebrae of your spinal column make up what is known as your cervical spine. It begins at the top of your spine and ends where the middle 12 vertebrae of your spine, known as the thoracic spine, begin at your shoulders.
Migraines and headaches cost billions each year in lost income. The suffering that surrounds them cannot be measured. People sometimes use drugs. Drugs mask symptoms. Symptoms are messages to us that something is not right. By masking symptoms we are ignoring the body’s cries for help. Like covering something we don’t want to look at. The body has an intelligence which Chiropractors refer to as “innate intelligence” which means the body knows how to heal. It just needs the opportunity. Chiropractic is a drug free approach to healing. The idea is simple – remove the interference and allow the body to heal itself naturally as it was designed to do. Everyday around the world, Chiropractors do just that.
The top two vertebrae of the cervical spine (known as C1 and C2) are unique from all the others because they are designed primarily for rotation. The first vertebra, know as the atlas (C1) is located between the skull the axis (C2). The atlas was named after a mythical god who held the “weight of the world” on his shoulders because the atlas actually supports the weight of the head. The atlas sits right on top of the axis and is linked to it by special ligaments that allow rotation between them. The brain stem extends down into this area, which is why it has such an impact on our overall health
Proper alignment of these two vertebrae can affect the way your entire body functions and any type of misalignment can exert pressure on the brainstem, causing your entire body to malfunction. This sets up a compromise that can affect every organ, every system, and eventually every cell in your body, allowing a greater possibility for you to develop disease.
Headaches and Migraines are not the only result of spinal misalignments in the atlas/axis. Learning difficulty and behaviour problems can sometimes be the end result of spinal misalignments in the cervical spine. Sometimes this area of the spine can be damaged at birth since the bones of a new born baby are still soft. We have many children in our practice whose lives have been changed by having their spines adjusted, allowing them to express health at every level. Chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical spine help correct any misalignments and restore proper alignment of the atlas and axis so they function as they were designed to do, allowing the rest of your body to function as it should.
Give your child the best chance in life to reach their fullest potential.
Contact our clinic Chiropractic Life, 88 Portland Road, Hove BN3 5DL. Phone 01273 208188.
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