The nerves traveling through the upper cervical spine are very sensitive. In fact, all it takes is the weight of a dime on nerves to stop nerve transmissions by more than 50%. That area is the merging point for the bottom of the brainstem and the top of the spinal cord. They must be free of any interference in order to send signals to and from the body, as well as carry out very detailed functions that influence the brain and body.
“In the absence of continuous transmission of nerve signals from the brain stem into the cerebrum, the brain becomes useless.”
Guyton & Hall, Textbook of Medical Physiology, “Activating-Driving Systems of the Brain”
There are different types of nerve functions that happen in the brainstem area. There are nerve axons that carry the signals from the brain to the body, and the body to the brain. They are like long electrical wires that connect two remote areas. With enough interference, the signals passing through them can be altered or changed enough to change the function of the body. It is similar to your leg falling asleep.
The brainstem also contains junctions between nerves. Like a junction box or a breaker box, these nerve connections must be fully functional for proper body function. These junctions are much more sensitive to pressure and interference than the axons of the nerves.
Some of the must sensitive structures in the brainstem are called nuclei. The nuclei are like computer processors that take in much information from the brain and body, and will direct nerves to send different signals based on the needs of the body. Any interference in the nuclei can have profound negative change on the function of the body.
Effects of Tension and Compression
A misalignment of the upper cervical spine can cause nerve interference in two main ways. Small ligaments called dentate ligaments help keep the spinal cord in the middle of the spinal. Small misalignments can pull the dentate ligaments and cause a tugging on the covering over the brainstem and spinal cord. This tugging, or “tenting” effect, disrupts the function of the nerves in the brainstem. The longer the interference remains, the worse the dysfunction becomes.
A larger misalignment can also cause direct pressure on the nerves, If the bone is misplaced significantly enough, the pressure can cause serious disturbance in the function of the brainstem and nerves that pass through them. It can also cause pinching of the nerves that come out above and below the atlas bone and cause symptoms like neck pain and headaches.
Removing the Interference
An upper cervical misalignment is a serious issue that can have very serious long term effects on your health. The longer a misalignment continues, the worse the symptoms and conditions become. You health is important to us. Call the Pierce Clinic today for a free consultation to see if Advanced Orthogonal care if right for you.