Upper cervical care is a specific branch of chiropractic care that focuses on properly aligning the cervical (neck) vertebrae. While the vertebrae that are adjusted are in the neck area, this type of adjustment can have benefits for the whole body. Upper cervical care can help with neck pain, back pain, and many other kinds of pain that result from the misalignment of the cervical vertebrae.
The C1 vertebra, also known as the Atlas, and the C2 vertebra, also known as the Axis, are the uppermost vertebrae in the neck. If these two vertebrae become misaligned, serious symptoms can occur. Guiding these vertebrae back into proper position can provide tremendous relief for the patient.
There is a whole host of reasons that the upper cervical vertebrae can become misaligned. An accident, for example, a car accident, is a frequent cause of cervical misalignments. Other causes can include chemical toxicity within the body or even emotional trauma. Many children develop a cervical misalignment during childbirth, this is very important to catch early on since it can be fatal for the baby. Some people have misaligned cervical vertebrae for virtually their whole lives without knowing it, as childhood accidents like falling out of a tree or a collision on roller skates can cause the vertebrae to move out of place.
The cervical vertebrae, when misaligned, can interfere with the whole nervous system and the entire spinal column. This interference often causes issues that reach well beyond the neck. People with cervical misalignment may have not only neck pain but also back pain, leg pain, or pain in some other part of the body.
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