The upper cervical spine is notorious for misalignments, which occur when the vertebrae are twisted, turned, or shifted out of place. Because the entire spine houses the spinal cord which controls the entire body, even the slightest misalignment can wreak havoc on the body, resulting in pain, illness, chronic diseases, and a variety of disorders. Upper cervical chiropractor Dr. Omar Clark is passionate about educating the Cape Coral community about chiropractic care and all of its benefits on overall health and wellness.
What Causes Upper Cervical Misalignments?
Misalignments in the neck can be caused by a number of things. The birthing process can cause them, as the twisting and pulling of a baby’s head is common during birth. If these misalignments are not corrected after birth, they can manifest in a number of ways throughout a person’s lifetime and cause many problems. Injuries to the neck, such as whiplash or a sports injury, can cause misalignments in the cervical spine. Repetitive trauma can also cause these misalignments. Poor posture, holding the head in a particular way, staring at screens and devices too frequently, sleeping in odd positions, and more are all part of repetitive trauma. All of these causes can bring about misalignments in the cervical spine and can lead to a slew of health issues.
What Are the Effects of Upper Cervical Misalignments?
You may or may not have immediate effects of an upper cervical misalignment. While some people notice pain or discomfort right after sustaining an injury or repetitive trauma, others go decades without realizing their neck is out of alignment.
Because the upper cervical spine is in such close proximity to the brain stem, a wide range of both minor and serious issues can result from misalignments in the neck. Numbness, tingling, pain, stiffness, and weakness in and around the neck are the most commonly reported symptoms. If left misaligned, more issues can come about, such as headaches, migraines, sinus issues, vertigo, seizures, TMJ, fatigue, eye problems, hearing issues, immune system problems, chronic illnesses, and more. Neurological problems, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, trigeminal neuralgia, and more can result from long-term compression of the spinal cord.
How Do Upper Cervical Adjustments Work?
Gentle and specific adjustments are at the heart of Experience Family Chiropractic in Cape Coral. Dr. Omar Clark focuses on the top two vertebrae of the spine, the atlas and the axis bones. All of the nerve impulses to and from the brain run through these two vertebrae, so any misalignment here can cause distortions in the nervous system and lead to dysfunction in the body. Our Cape Coral upper cervical chiropractor will gently and carefully adjust these bones if they are misaligned to restore optimal function to the body and allow your body to operate at maximum health.
Dr. Omar Clark is passionate about helping the Cape Coral community achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle and a healthy, well-functioning body. If you have pain, illness, a chronic disease, or simply want to optimize your wellness, come visit the best upper cervical chiropractor in Cape Coral at Experience Family Chiropractic.
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