We know blood flow is important right? It keeps us alive, and that’s why we are very concerned about things like high blood pressure. We measure it, take pills to bring it down, change our diet to control it, and know that if it is too high for too long, we may be in big trouble.
While we should all be aware of our blood pressure, there is another fluid in our body that is equally important, that we normally don’t think of. Cerebrospinal Fluid or CSF for short. CSF is incredibly important for our health. It is produced in the brain and flows down around the spinal cord.
CSF has five main functions:
So, you can see that CSF, and proper levels of it, are vital in brain health, protection, and function. And if problems occur with too much or too little CSF, then you can end up with some major health issues in your head and body.
You may be familiar with one of these types of CSF flow issues—the condition known as Hydrocephalus. This can occur in babies, and is seen when they have a big swelling pushing out of the skull. This is caused by an excess of CSF in the skull and it pushes out. In babies, this can happen because the skull bones aren’t locked together yet so it pushes out in between them. In adults the skull is fully fused together, but the same thing can happen. The problem now becomes that the fluid can’t push out, so it pushes in and begins to squeeze the brain.
This leads to two main questions.
One possible reason for the extra fluid is an upper neck (upper cervical) misalignment. This misalignment puts pressure on the tissues surrounding the spinal cord and blocks off some of the drainage of the fluid out of the skull. This causes a CSF back up and the brain will still continue to produce more fluid.
A multitude of problems can arise from this pressure and squeeze on the brain. These include:
Dizzyness, headaches, balance and gait issues, Multiple Sclerosis, brain fog, and even some forms of dementia and Parkinson’s have been linked.
I will go into more detail on specific conditions in an upcoming blog. For now make sure your head is on straight and your CSF is flowing by coming in for a free consultation at Upper Cervical Health Centers of Fort Myers. Everyone can benefit from a healthy balanced brain.
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.