The upright MRI is an amazing machine. The inventor, Dr. R. Damadian, has been able to prove, by using this machine, that a misalignment in one of the top two vertebrae can change the flow of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to and from the brain. Why is this so important?
CSF is vital to keeping the spine and the brain lubricated and working properly. If a misalignment is present, this fluid can have problems reaching the brain and exiting the brain. This can lead to a buildup of fluid causing intracranial pressure to develop. The results of this include headaches and migraines.
Proof That Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Help
A study was done on two migraine patients. Both had endured whiplash at some point in their life and had headaches and other issues as a result. Their examination using the upright MRI, with special software programming, took a deeper look at the flow of cerebrospinal fluid flow.
Both patients were found to have reduced CSF flow between the brain and the body. Interestingly, both also had a misalignment of their C1 or atlas vertebra. At this point, they each received an adjustment by an upper cervical chiropractor to correct the problem with the C1. The results?
In about an hour, each patient was scanned again. This scan found the cerebrospinal fluid to be back to normal flow. The patients also reported that their head pain was nearly gone after they received the adjustment.
So, what does this information lead us to understand? That a misalignment in the upper neck can hinder the flow of CSF to and from the brain, causing the person to suffer from migraines and other types of headaches, neck pain, numbness and tingling, and a number of other health problems.
We, as upper cervical chiropractors, are part of a small group worldwide who focus attention on correcting problems with the C1 vertebra. Our patients report relief from many symptoms after only one or two adjustments.
Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr. Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about Our Team.