There are endless blogs written on various conditions, symptoms, and lost health due to upper cervical misalignments. While they are all true and necessary, sometimes the overall diminishing health potential gets lost in the verbiage. I want to focus on one of the most impactful potential results of a misalignment of the top bone in the neck. Restriction of blood flow through the vertebral arteries.
Decreased blood flow to the brain can lead to a number of issues. Things like brain fog, balance disorders, depression, and overall lower brain function.
There are two vertebral arteries that travel up the neck. One on each side. As they reach the 6th vertebrae from the top, they actually pass through a hole in the outside edge of the bones. This is pretty stable, until it reaches the top bone in the neck known as the atlas. The atlas is more freely moving than any other vertebrae, and this is what allows us so much range of motion with our head. The vertebrae pass through the atlas and then enter the skull.
In the case of neck trauma like falls, car crashes, and sports injuries the atlas can become misaligned, and it rotates. This rotation can cause one of the arteries to become closed off. Just like a water hose with a kink. This immediately causes a decrease in blood flow to the brain. The atlas gets stuck in this position and the body is normally unable to “unstick it” on its own. This is when chronic issues can begin to develop.
Chronic brain fog, vertigo, and even depression have all been linked to decreased blood flow. In my office we have seen tremendous improvements in these, and other related conditions by restoring the atlas to its proper motion. This allows proper blood flow to be restored, and the brain to begin to function normally again.
The type of misalignment we are looking for is not normally noticed in medical settings and radiology reports. Those professionals are great at what they do, but they aren’t trained to look for this condition. The misalignments are often small, but can cause dramatic effects. In our office we offer a free consultation and exam that features infrared thermography. This testing allows us to quickly and easily evaluate proper blood flow to the brain.
If you are struggling with chronic issues that haven’t been resolved, I urge you to let us check to see if it is a problem with your atlas. We offer a free consultation, give us a call!
Dr. Lee Angle
Dr. Lee Angle is originally from southern West Virginia. After having his life changed through Upper Cervical Care he chose to pursue it as a career. He has been practicing Upper Cervical Chiropractic for over nine years. Dr. Angle previously worked as a certified personal trainer. This background allows him to educate his patients on proper movement and exercises to speed their recovery and enhance their Upper Cervical Care.