Throughout the body, nerve fibers travel from the brain down the spinal cord to every tissue, organ and cell of the body. It is these nerve fibers that carry mental impulse from the brain which nourish the body and allow for proper communication from the brain to the body and then back to the brain again. Misalignments throughout the spine can interfere with these messages causing decreased signaling throughout the body depending on which nerve root is compressed and which part of it is interfered with as it exits the spine. Where there is a subluxation in the upper cervical spine then there is interference with the expression of life in the body. Addressing this issue is the goal of Upper Cervical Care.
A nerve, although impinged, will still fire to the extent it can into the body and the end organ it innervates. This is true everywhere in the spine, except for the upper cervical area. The first two bones in the cervical spine (C1 and C2) just below the skull protect the brainstem as it exits the foramen magnum. The nerve fibers that flow through the brainstem do not fire partially like the rest of the nerve roots in the spine. They follow what is called, “the all or none principle,” meaning that fibers in the brainstem either give you everything or they give you nothing.
If there is pressure on the brainstem shutting down the fibers to the body, then whatever those fibers innervate, the connected part of the body, loses life. For example, if the fibers to the heart are compressed long enough over time a heart palpation can develop or high blood pressure ensues as tissues start breaking down faster than they can repair. This is in essence, a “loss of life” or a “paralysis” as energy is no longer flowing at 100% to the body structure.
Since there are no pain receptors in the brain, brainstem, or spinal cord there is usually no direct symptomatic response to spinal subluxations (vertebral misalignment that interferes with the nerve function). Disease and breakdown occur overtime as life-giving energy is slowly wasted. Degenerative diseases, which take years to develop, are often the result in this breakdown of communication; the top three conditions being, osteoarthritis, cancer, and heart disease. All are due to a bodybuilding itself unhealthy instead of according to its original healthy design.
Damage to the brain does occur with trauma and in many cases it can still function somewhat normally. This is evident in President Ronald Reagan’s secretary who was shot through the brain and lived. The same holds true of the spinal cord. However, this does not hold true of the brainstem which is called the old animal brain and is responsible for all essential bodily functions such as heart, digestive, lung, hormone, eye, ear, and sinus function as well as balance and equilibrium. If the brainstem is so much as bruised, death results. The brainstem acts as a huge processing center that controls and coordinates all the functions of the body provided it has no interference.
Once interference is removed from the brainstem by correcting the upper cervical subluxation the body will resume functioning at its highest capacity possible. The body heals, not because of upper cervical care, but in response to it. Increased neurological supply of life to the body generates and restores the healing response innate to the individual.
Below the level of subluxation is paralysis, as previously mentioned. Above the level of subluxation, congestion in the brain occurs. This congestion can be likened to a dam constructed by beavers where the water downstream is restricted and the water upstream is slowed into a pool.
This phenomenon has been noted in multiple sclerosis patients with cerebral spinal fluid and venous drainage stagnation seen with 3D CAT scan imaging. Congestion in the brain leads to conditions such as: mental fogginess, improper decision making, increased emotional turmoil and tension, emotional outburst, lack of mental clarity, as well as anxiety and depression. The reason for these phenomena is that in part of the brain stem lies the amygdala, which is the center of emotions and is part of the old animal brain located in the center of the cerebral hemispheres.
Decisions are usually thought to be made in the prefrontal cortex, however, if this area of the brain is destroyed, (such as the case of Phineas Gage); decisions are then rendered based on emotions alone with no rational thought intervening. Rational thinking often goes by the wayside when a person has a neurological deficit such as subluxation. The overwhelmed brainstem becomes the center of decision-making as higher rational thought is turned off. Fight or flight responses require innate survival, which is quick. Rational thought is too slow: historically a person would be eaten by an attacking predator if they were consciously ponder what actions to take.
Compounding this issue is the subject of trauma. As with most traumatic experiences whether emotional, mental, or physical, the sympathetic nervous system is the predominant overriding force attributed to dysfunction. When added to the already compromised function of the brainstem, a sympathetic dominant state is like driving a car with a stuck accelerator. No matter what you try to do, you will keep running the same course, until you can release the accelerator. Until the state of the nervous system is restored to a parasympathetic state, you’d be stuck in sympathetic overdrive, which is long term fight or flight mode that almost always results in adrenal burnout, physical exhaustion, and emotional fatigue or what some would call a good ole’ fashion breakdown.
When looking at how upper cervical misalignments can occur and impact the nervous system, particularly the brainstem, it is reassuring to know that there is a solution. Upper Cervical Care utilizes state of the art technology such Specific Upper Cervical X-rays and Computed Infrared Thermography to determine when to make a correction and if brainstem pressure is present or not. When the source of the problem is corrected, the body can then begin to heal emotionally, mentally, and physically. As we remove the blockage to life flow from the brain to the body the likened damn is released allowing water to flow smoothly and effortlessly. This is the innate intelligence that animates life. If we could live a life free from subluxation, we could live a life with the ability to adapt to our stresses, overcome our traumas, and move through our trapped emotions much more effectively and efficiently.
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