Our brain and spinal cord are submerged in a special fluid called Cerebral Spinal Fluid. Recent upright MRI studies revealed that subluxations congest CSF flow in the upper neck and cranium. Symptoms including pressure headaches, migraines and brain fog may result. This congestion also prevents waste product from the brain to be flushed out. When this waste accumulates, it is linked with plaque buildup on the brain, which is correlated with conditions including Alzheimer’s, MS, and Parkinson’s disease.
Major arteries and veins travel in and out of the cranial vault. In fact, the vertebral artery — the artery providing blood to the brain — travels through small holes of the top neck bone. A subluxation here is proven to shunt blood flow to the brain, resulting in less oxygen and nutrition to the brain.
Upper Cervical subluxations create a structural kink in the upper neck, often resulting in the head not being “on straight.” This causes the brain to turn on the “Righting Reflex” to accommodate. In an attempt to keep the eyes level with the horizon, the pelvis also becomes contorted. As a result, the postural muscles from head to toe are thrown out of balance.
The lower brainstem is tethered to the spinal bones by the Dentate ligaments. When subluxations occur in the upper neck, they have been found to create mechanical tension on the lower brain and distort nerve transmission. This tension on the brain stem causes pain and a host of day-to-day symptoms.