The most effective adjustment for the entire body is the C1 or first cervical vertebrae adjustment. This bone encompasses and protects the entire brain stem. It is a highly mobile vertebra that can be likened to the ‘off switch.’
The brain is always on. To regulate this, the brain stem is the ‘off’ switch. You can liken it to needing a light switch to turn off the light. In fact, you can live with half your brain but not if there is an injury to your brain stem. Breathing is regulated here, and it is actually like a little extension of the mainframe.
When we went to school, our diagnostics and exam taught us how to assess the brain stem and adjust. This is why a licensed professional must take care of you. Likewise, a doctor who is very good at adjusting the C1, specifically, makes all the difference.
A true upper cervical adjustment only adjusts this one bone and uses it as a lever system. The philosophy is functional because the ligaments that intertwine the spine are so intimately connected. Be Well Chiropractic can and will make an upper cervical only adjustment if that is patient preference. However, we typically make a full spine adjustment.
Article from WebMD: Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure
Study Finds Special’ Atlas Adjustment’ Lowers Blood Pressure
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
A special chiropractic adjustment can significantly lower high blood pressure, a placebo-controlled study suggests.
This procedure has the effect of not one but two blood-pressure medications given in combination,” study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. “And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems,” adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center.
Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage high blood pressure had significantly lower blood pressure than 25 similar patients who underwent a sham chiropractic adjustment. Because patients can’t feel the technique, they were unable to tell which group they were in.
X-rays showed that the procedure realigned the Atlas vertebra…with the spine in the treated patients, but not in the sham-treated patients.
Compared to the sham-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) and an average 8 mm Hg drop in diastolic blood pressure (bottom number).
None of the patients took blood pressure medicine during the eight-week study.
“When the statistician brought me the data, I actually didn’t believe it. It was way too good to be true,” Bakris says. “The statistician said, I don’t even believe it.’ But we checked for everything, and there it was.” Bakris and colleagues report their findings in the advance online issue of the Journal of Human Hypertension.
In the body, millimeters count. When an area so important is stuck even that far out of position, it can cause a neurological response that affects the arteries. It would be easier if the body could be fixed in parts, but that is not *how it works! The theory from these medical doctors is that some trauma might have happened in childhood or early on to cause something of this nature. From a chiropractic standpoint, I will tell you that the first early trauma is usually birth!
When the C1 is out of alignment because of its special place in the body, it can also cause sleep disturbances, mood issues, restlessness, irritability, and common headache.
The bone below it, the C2, is also an upper cervical vertebra. Through years in practice, Dr. Janelle has noticed that in low tone individuals (either a mild case such as a very flexible person or a severe case of autism), their C2 is actually out of alignment, and their C1 remains stable. Adjusting the C2 actually relaxes the over-tonicity of the muscles to a noticeable degree.
The point being, every vertebra protects an entirely different segment of the spinal cord. And the brain stem into the spinal cord is actually just the tail of the brain. They are not different. They are the areas of the body that cannot regenerate, while all nerves outside of this area can! Being able to specifically and correctly adjust any segment makes all the difference in a good adjustment. Just hearing a noise or pop means nothing. In fact, many vertebrae slide, thunk, or are silent when they move…no different than other joints in the body.
If you are experiencing system issues that have come up negative in your medical tests, give an upper cervical adjustment a chance. The doctors are here to help you.