Most people associate chiropractic with neck pain, back pain, and possibly headaches. While those issues all do extremely well under chiropractic care, the potential benefits are so much greater. Did you know the first chiropractic adjustment ever made restored a man’s hearing?
It is a really interesting story. The founder of chiropractic, D.D. Palmer was working late one night when the janitor Harvey Lillard came in to clean. Mr. Lillard was deaf and had been for 17 years since he hit the back of his neck standing up under a set of stairs. D.D. reasoned that a bone in Lillards neck must have been knocked out of position and led to the hearing loss. He also reasoned that putting the bone back into place might restore Lillards hearing. D.D. took a shot at it and managed to get the bone back into normal alignment and almost immediately Mr. Lillards hearing was restored. Am I saying that chiropractic is a cure for deafness? Absolutely not, but I have seen some amazing things happen when putting the top two bones in the neck back into position.
It is important to not focus on the bones themselves. The structures they protect are what is important, because this is where the lower brainstem and spinal cord are, the heart of the central nervous system. If I told you there was pressure on your spinal cord that would seem like a big deal right? Well, a spinal misalignment can do just that and interfere with your body’s ability to communicate. Just like a computer network that relies on clear signals to function properly, the nervous system needs clear pathways for the brain to speak to the rest of the body through its network of nerves. When a vertebrae and or disc is misaligned, it’s like putting a kink in a hose, except in this case it is a kink in a neural pathway so that the nerves can’t speak to each other. In Mr. Lillard’s case that misalignment led to deafness, in some it might be neuropathy, in others it is liver dysfunction, and I could go on and on.
In the end chiropractic is about keeping your nervous system clear of interference so your body can function, adapt, and heal as it was designed to do. It just so happens that anatomically the most critical point in the spine, both structurally and neurologically, is the place where your head and neck meet, and that area is extremely vulnerable to getting misaligned.
Before you dismiss chiropractic for your health issues or health care strategy, why not take advantage of a free consultation to find out if it can be dismissed as not causing the problem? Call us at Upper Cervical Health Centers of Fort Myers for your free consultation today at 239-243-8810
Remember when you were a kid (and probably some of you now) how excited you got when a package came in bubble wrap? Forget what it was protecting, it was popping time . . . snap, crackle, pop time.
A similar sound is what many people think of when they picture having a neck adjustment. A big twist followed by a loud crack. For most that is a bit of a scary thought. Especially when the subject of adjusting children comes up. Well those adjustments do not exist in the Upper Cervical chiropractic world.
The reality is we are adjusting small bones and moving them a small amount. The top bone in the neck (called the Atlas) weighs approximately 2 oz in the average person. If you had a 2 oz object in your hand, chances are you could blow on it and move it a bit. It doesn’t require much force to move 2 oz, but to move it into the right position takes precision.
We take very precise x-rays to not only determine what bone is misaligned, but also the exact direction we need to move it. This is based on the patient’s individual anatomy. We all look different on the outside, and the same is true on the inside. Think about a key unlocking a lock. If the key is cut pretty close to fit the lock, it will work, but you may have to jiggle it and even jam it a bit to get it to work. If the key is cut perfectly, it just slides in and does its job effortlessly. Through our examination and precision x-rays, we get the key cut just right, so we can unlock the misalignment smoothly, and almost effortlessly.
More precision equals easier adjustment and longer holding time. The key to chiropractic in general isn’t the adjustment, but the amount of time the adjustment holds. Holding is healing we like to say, because the longer the bone is in the correct position, the more time the nerves and tissue around it can heal.
This also allows us to safely adjust those that have had previous neck surgeries, including fusions even at multiple levels. The same goes with children, even newborns. I have seen the lightest touch change the health and life of week-old babies.
Chiropractic can be gentle, it can be specific, and it can be life changing. Give us a call at Upper Cervical Chiropractic Centers of Fort Myers for your free consultation today! 239-243-8810
“Why does it seem like once someone goes to a chiropractor, they have to go forever?” This is one of the most common questions I’m asked, and there are actually several different answers to this question.
First of all, once you feel what it is like to have such improved function, range of motion, and health, you never want to go back to where you were before you started. I am a living testament to this. When I began undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care I didn’t realize just how bad I felt, until I felt good. I never want to return to any level of that pain, and so I will always have my spine checked to make sure I am in alignment.
Second, and just as important, is the fact that we live in a stressful world—work stress, family stress, financial stress—any of these things can lead to tightening up and possible misalignment of your spine. On top of that, all of us hold our head and body particular ways when we are on the computer, or texting someone on our phone, and those positions cause repetitive strain injuries over and over again. In my practice the goal is the best possible results with the fewest visits because of both our philosophy and our precision, but when life events or traumas occur the body can’t always hold up. This makes maintenance care a necessity.
The average head is 10-12 lbs. The top bone in the neck that it sits on weighs about 2 oz. The upper neck has the weight of the head on top of it, which creates greater stress on the bones and the nervous system. No matter how great the care is, once in a while the weight of the head is going to win, and pull that bone out of position. Again, this makes some level of maintenance care necessary.
I like to compare upper cervical care to getting braces. First you get braces, and that is a more intense phase of care. Then you transition to a retainer for a period of time, less intense but still some intervention. After that you still visit the orthodontist or dentist periodically to make sure your teeth are healthy and to catch deeper issues before they develop. Chiropractic care is relatively the same. We get the spine aligned and healed, then get it strong and stable. After that the occasional check up and realignment is done when necessary.
The super short answer is, once you experience the power of an upper cervical alignment you tend to want to make that a part of your life and healthcare plan. Give us a call at Upper Cervical Health Centers of Fort Myers, 239-243-8810, and let us give you a free consultation.
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.