Have you ever had one of those days where you just felt “out of it”? Maybe you locked your keys in your car or blanked on remembering a coworkers name. Maybe you even forgot your wife’s birthday. No matter how serious the blunder, at some point throughout the day someone may have jokingly asked you, “Is your head on straight!?” Now, the person asking this was most likely just kidding around...
But if the person asking was your chiropractor, they were serious.
The reason chiropractors hope your head is on straight is that misalignment to this area is very detrimental to not only your body, but also your brain. The upper part of your neck surrounds the base of your brain. Two arteries pass through the top neck vertebra, which are responsible for a portion of all of the blood flow to your brain. So here are the top 3 reasons why it is important to regularly get your upper neck checked for misalignment so you no longer feel “out of it”.
1 . Taking pressure off your upper neck helps your body work better
Every single function that your body performs must first start from a signal starting in your brain. The brain sends signals down to the brainstem, to the spinal cord, and out to the body. If the upper neck is out of alignment, there is pressure on the brainstem, which will cause interference in the messages the brain is sending out to the body. When your body hears this altered message, it can’t work like your brain intended it to. Chiropractors focus on removing the interference by adjusting the bones back into alignment so the body can work at 100%.
2 . Aligning the upper neck helps you think better
As stated earlier, there are two arteries that pass through you upper neck called the vertebral arteries. If the upper neck is misaligned, it can pinch off a portion of blood flow to the brain. This can result in a variety of symptoms including migraines, brain fog, dizziness, and trouble concentrating.
3 . Keeping the upper neck aligned helps prevent arthritis
If a car is out of alignment, it tends to wear out faster on the side that it is shifted to. Your spine is the same way. Any time your neck is misaligned, one side has to take on more stress than the other, which can result in arthritis formation. Keeping the upper neck aligned will help balance the entire neck and prevent any arthritis from forming or getting worse.
So, who is ready to get their head on straight again?
Dr. Sheena grew up in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota and completed her undergraduate studies in Architecture, Chemistry, and Sustainability at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.