I get the question all the time, “What is the most important part of my spine, Doc?” While each person is different, generally the most important part of the spine is located right at the base of your skull, the upper cervical/neck area. It is the first vertebrae, also called C1, atlas, or the occipitoatlantoaxial complex. So many names, I know! This area has an intimate connection with the brainstem, the largest influence on the health of the nervous system, and proprioception. This area of the spine is susceptible to stress and injury while the baby is in mom’s belly, during delivery, and after birth. When injury or stress occurs to this area, the result is subluxation of the spine bones. As you know, subluxation means misalignment of the spine bones resulting in a negative effect on your nervous system, immune system, and overall health. Often adults coming into the Chiropractor for the first time have no idea that what they are experiencing now, is a long term effect of Subluxation since birth. Since parents want their children to grow up as healthy as they can be, expecting mothers and their newborns are coming in for care at Ryno Family Chiropractic as early as possible.
For a better understanding of the importance of this area of the spine I like to give my water tower analogy as relating to the spine and nervous system.
The brain controls everything we do whether we think about it or not. So how does the brain interact with the entire body? It does it through the nervous system. Think about it this way. If there is a water tower in your town and the main valve at the base of that water tower was not on correctly, would all the residents in the town get their water? If your brain has all the knowledge in it and your top spine bone was subluxated, would all your cells, tissues, and organs receive all the information they need to work correctly? As you already know, the answer is NO!
Your upper cervical area is like the main valve at the base of the water tower. If something is wrong at this main valve the entire city gets deprived of water, meaning a very unhappy city. If a subluxation were to happen at the upper cervical area, your entire body is not going to be able to work at its best, meaning an unhealthy body.
Here at Ryno Family Chiropractic we understand that this area of the spine is the most important. We provide care that may allow your body to be subluxation free and as healthy as possible. Remember, your body is the best doctor you have. Healing comes from within. Sometime the interference/subluxation is hindering that ability. We are here to adjust the subluxations of your spine to help so you can be as healthy as possible. WOW awesome!