How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care lowers pulse pressure

Did you know that Chiropractic care has been shown to lower pulse pressure?? What is pulse pressure you might say! Well pulse pressure is the difference between the “lub dub” or the systolic and diastolic blood pressures. 120(systolic)/80(diastolic) = 40(Pulse pressure). AND Pulse pressure has been shown to be a predictor of cardiovascular disease and a 20% increased risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. The paper we review today is titled “Pulse pressure finding following upper cervical care: a practice-based observational study”,

Pulse pressure is lowered by nearly 10mmhg in the at-risk population that have high systolic and diastolic difference. This high-risk range is greater than a 49 mmhg difference. The medium or normal range is between 40-49 mmhg and the low range is below 40 mmhg. Pulse pressure was reduced by 8.9mmg in the high group which was a statistically significant reduction. If you or someone you know is at high risk of cardiovascular disease, obviously exercise and nutrition are very important, but Upper cervical chiropractic care may also be a way to prevent and reduce the risk of cardiovascular accidents and disease. Give our office a call if you are interested in finding out more. 603.380.9184

You might be wondering what your neck has to do with your heart. Well, there is a direct nerve connection between your heart and your neck through the VAGUS nerve. The brainstem is where the heart of the Autonomic Nervous System lives. The “rest and digest” and “fight or flight” controls the accelerator and the brakes for the internal function of the body. Heart rate, breathing, digestion, immune function, and homeostasis are all controlled here. So if the neck has an obvious influence over this area through the brain stem then doesn’t it make sense to have the upper cervical spine checked on a regular basis to see if the Nervous System is functioning properly?? That’s what Upper Cervical Chiropractors do on a daily basis. We check to see if the nerves are firing properly down from the brain, out to every organ tissue and cell in the body, and back to the brain from the body. This is so important to understand when dealing with health issues of any kind. If there is any spinal nerve interference, then there could be issues in the areas those nerves control. This study shows that PULSE PRESSURE is heavily influenced by Upper Cervical Chiropractic care, but we have reviewed countless other studies that show lowered systolic and diastolic pulse, better heart rate variability, better flow of Cerebrospinal fluid, better drainage of the venous fluid out of the skull, increase in eye sight, increase in hearing, decrease in Meneiers symptoms, decrease in multiple sclerosis symptoms, and countless others… If you know of someone suffering from health issues of any kind make sure they have had their Upper Cervical spine checked. Give our office a call if you have questions at 603.380.9184

Are X-Rays Safe?

Do I need that x-ray at the dentist, Chiropractor, or medical doctor??? I heard that x-ays can cause cancer? Well the answer is: the literature does not support this idea. In fact, at times low dose medical imaging may have a supportive role called HORMESIS. Let’s break this down. Today we review a paper titled “Subjecting radiologic imaging to the linear no-threshold hypothesis: a non sequitur of non-trivial proportion.”

Why do we believe that x-rays can cause cancer??? In 1946 Dr. Mueller proposed the idea, based on one study that there was a linear progression from 0 to infinity that one dose of radiation would increase the risk of developing cancer one unit. Therefore, if you increase the dose, the chance of developing cancer increases proportionally. This is the linear graph that represents the idea that there is no threshold under which the linear increase in dose does not cause an increased risk of developing cancer. The paper that Dr. Mueller presented was later found to be full of holes and corrupted, however he won the 1946 Nobel prize and changed radiation protocols for the next 70 years. We are finally realizing that the literature does not support this linear relationship of dose to risk of cancer. In fact low dose medical imaging like Xrays range from 10 to 100 microsieverts and the annual average background radiation from Radon in the ground and cosmic radiation is around 2,400 microsieverts. So we have lived with natural low levels of background radiation our entire existence. So why is there such a story around low dose imaging? Well, you can’t smell radiation, you can’t see it, and you can’t taste it. So protection policies erred on the safe side and went with Dr. Mueller’s proposed idea because at the time in the 1940’s, we didn’t really have a way of measuring if low doses made a difference or not. Now we do. 

When it comes to a dentist, chiropractor or medical doctor making a diagnosis and providing the proper treatment it is very important that the doctor be able to see what it is that is going on. Especially in chiropractic, it is very important to be able to look into the spine and measure the misalignment and rule out any problems before we get to work. The benefits of getting an x-ray when it’s needed far outweigh the risks. In some cases it has been shown that low levels of radiation like those in medical imaging can increase the bodies repair and response mechanisms. This idea has been supported and documented many times in the medical literature. So before you make a snap judgment about getting an xray, bring up your concerns with your doctor. They should be able to explain to you the benefit to risk relationship. If you or someone you know is looking for a healthcare provider to really take a look and see what’s going on; Upper Cervical Chiropractic care may be just the thing you have been looking for. Give our office a call at 603.380.9184

Does Chiropractic Care Cause Strokes?

Often times people in our office ask us “Does Chiropractic Care cause strokes?” And the simple and easy answer is “NO, chiropractic care does not cause strokes”. Today we review two studies done by Cassidy et al. One in 2010 on the vertebrobasilar artery (, and one in 2016 on Carotid artery dissection ( Both of these papers published in prestigious medical journals showed a resounding “NO”, chiropractic care does not increase the risk of having a stroke. What they did find was that there is an association, which means that often times people who have strokes realize there is a problem and they seek out medical or chiropractic services. 

A patient may come to a Chiropractic office with a stroke already in progress that isn’t caught or diagnosed. However, most of the patients that Chiropractors see are treating for post-concussion syndrome, facial pain or paralysis, musculoskeletal pain of the arm face or neck, and/or have numbness or weakness of a limb. These symptoms typically indicate a patient is experiencing a really bad flare-up, but they can also be signs of a stroke and it telling the difference can be very difficult. So there is no causation of chiropractic care and strokes, but we can see a correlation. 

The signs of stroke are represented by the acronym FAST: Face (does one side of the face droop, particularly noticeable when smiling), Arm (when you raise both arms does one arm drift downward), Speech (is your speech slurred or irregular), and Time (time to call ER or 911). If you think you are having a stroke, or know of someone that has, call 911 immediately. The sooner they get to the ER the sooner the bleed or clot may be detected, imaged, diagnosed, and treated. 

When it comes to risk, it’s important to understand the numbers. There are many things that we do on a daily basis that are very dangerous. The statistics that I like to use to put the risk of chiropractic care in perspective are reproduced below:

Number of events per 10 million people in the US:

Death from spinal fusion surgery: 200,000 in 10 million

Death from cervical or neck surgery: 68,966 in 10 million

Death from hospital mistake: 60,000 in 10 million

Death from laminectomy or spine surgery: 50,000 in 10 million

Death from Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, or Motrin prolonged use: 8,333 in 10 million

Paralysis or stroke from back or neck surgery: 7,143 in 10 million

Death from automobile accident: 1,500 in 10 million

Stroke from Birth Control Pills: 417 in 10 million

Getting struck by lightning: 14 in 10 million

Death from Aviation accident: 5 in 10 million

Stroke associated with seeing a Chiropractor: 2 in 10 million

If you have questions please call our office at 603.380.9184 The benefits far out weight the risks for Chiropractic care!!! Call us today to find out more about how we can help your body be a better place to live!

The importance of Cerebrospinal Fluid and body function

Have you ever wondered what the Clear Liquid around the brain is for?! Some people feel pulsing and pressure in their head and neck and sometimes it may be coming from this fluid’s movement patterns. This week we review a paper titled “CEREBROSPINAL FLUID STASIS AND ITS CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE”. 

The Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) is a tremendously important part of the normal brain and body function. The CSF brings nutrients to the brain and takes away the toxic metabolic waste the brain is constantly producing. This fluid is clear and flows through large passageways following the path of least resistance. We are finding out that this fluid flow can be stopped by structural barriers and cause abnormal wearing and tearing and degeneration of tissue as it either pounds up against, or settles into tissue. When the fluid flow stops or becomes static we call this stasis. Stasis can produce what is known as plaquing in the brain. There are many neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Multiple Sclerosis that can come about from plaque building up and metabolic wastes not being taken away. We know that Upper Cervical Chiropractic care can bring a more normal flow back to the brain and spinal cord. So if you know of someone that has recently developed a neurodegenerative disorder, an Upper Cervical Chiropractor may be an important piece of the puzzle to help that person get their health back. Call our office today to find out more. 603.380.9184

CSF fluid flow is very important, and there are a couple of Imaging Centers in the United States that focus specifically on looking at the CSF known as FONAR upright MRI centers. On their website they have countless studies of pre and post changes in CSF flow before and after Upper Cervical corrections to the upper neck by DR. Scott Rosa. When the upper neck is out of alignment it pulls and tractions the brain and the spinal cord, creating a cork in the bottle effect on the fluid flow around and out of the brain. After Upper Cervical Corrections the neck relaxes and the brain returns to its normal position allowing for fluid to flow more normally. The implications of Upper Neck corrections by an upper cervical chiropractor are literally infinite as the brain controls the body. So no longer do we talk in terms of just changes to the neck or spine, but literally changes in how the brain functions. If you know of someone suffering from a chronic neurodegenerative disease like Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia, Upper Cervical Chiropractic care can help get the brain functioning properly again. Call our office to find out more 603.380.9184

How the curve of the neck impacts blood flow to the brain

This week we reviewed a paper titled: Increase in cerebral blood flow indicated by increased cerebral arterial area and pixel intensity on brain MRA following correction of cervical lordosis.

This paper focuses on the curve of the neck and how the alignment of the bones in the cervical spine can influence the blood flow to the brain. We all know that blood needs to flow in and out of the brain to keep us healthy. But what happens when the channel that the blood goes through to get to and from the brain is not aligned properly? Well, that can be bad, but this paper shows that specific corrections to the cervical spine can help! When someone has had a head or neck injury, it can affect many things like: memory, hearing, vision, it can cause headaches, dizziness, or neck pain, to say the least. Now we know that if the neck has lost its proper orientation in a c shaped curve of 30-40 degrees then the blood flow can literally be restricted to the BRAIN!!! So if you know someone with a head or neck injury and who complains of chronic pain or problems, it might be time to have a look and see what’s going on. Give our office a call today to find out more 603.380.9184

We have been hearing a lot in the news about Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzehiemers being these tough to treat and terrible diseases. These problems can be grouped into what is called neurodegenerative diseases. One of the problems with these neurodegenerative diseases is that the brain is not getting nutrients in and out of the skull. The brain’s main flow of arterial blood is through the carotids, but its back up system is through the vertebral arteries and the flow to the brainstem is through the cervical spine! So if we increase the blood flow to the brain and brain stem this may be a breakthrough in helping to heal brain and brain stem injuries via, stroke and other neurodegenerative conditions. The curve in the neck is very simply measured with an x-ray and what we know is that when the curve in the neck is straightened out it reduces that blood flow into the brain and brain stem. If we bring the curve back to the neck, the blood flow returns. 

If you know of someone suffering from chronic head or neck problems, having a chiropractic exam with an x-ray may provide some much needed information regarding that persons cervical or neck alignment. Give our office a call today at 603.380.9184 to find out more.

Lower Back Pain Relief with Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Meet Jonathan! His lower back pain had been getting in the way of every day activities, like meals with his daughter and car rides for work. He found us and was able to quickly find relief from the pain, and more importantly, get back to being an active part of life!

As his body worked through the healing process, he hit a financial rough patch that could have made keeping his health a priority challenging, until he found that we partner with the Craniocervical Foundation, a non-profit that provides subsidized Upper Cervical Chiropractic care to active military, veterans, and those in financial care. He was able to continue coming to us, taking care of his spine, and making his body a better place to live!

If you or someone you know suffer from lower back pain, call us to make your first appointment 603 - 380-9184

For more information or to apply for the Craniocervical Foundation visit their website at

Post Concussion Recovery and Being Able to Dance Again

Meet Sonrisa. She suffered from post concussion syndrome and looking for a way to find some relief from the head and neck pain and stiffness she woke up with every morning that kept her from being physically active. What she found through Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic care was a road to recovery and healing that impacted more than how her body felt when she woke up in the morning. She found healing for her mind, body, and soul. And finally, has even been able to get back to her passion - dance. We are so grateful to have met this lovely lady and to have been a part of her healthcare team, and so proud of her for making her health a priority and putting in the time and effort with us to make her body a better place to live.

If you or someone you know has had a concussion or struggles with head and neck pain, Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care may be a solution. Call us to make an appointment today! 603-280-9184

How a Misaligned Atlas can Impact Brain Fluid Flow

In this paper the position of the Atlas and its effect on the internal jugular vein is studied. The paper is titled “Evaluation of the Cause of Internal Jugular Vein Obstruction on Head and Neck Contrast Enhanced 3D MRA Using Contrast Enhanced CT”.

In this paper Diagnostic Radiologists study the position of Atlas vertebra, which is the top bone in the neck, and how it can rotate into the largest vein that drains blood out of the brain. Their conclusion was that the cause of internal jugular vein obstruction on MR Angiography (MRA), which is a fancy MRI, is a narrow space between the base of the skull and the front of the Atlas vertebra. This can impact proper fluid flow from the brain, which can result in all kinds of problems like: Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). So, if there is a problem with the brain draining fluid, then the position of the Atlas should be checked for misalignment. That is exactly what upper cervical chiropractors correct. If you know of someone suffering from any of these conditions, then an upper cervical chiropractor may be able to help. Call our office to find out more 603.380.9184.

The Brain is a tightly controlled vault of bone, soft tissue, and fluid pumping in and out at exact amounts all day long, every day, for your whole life. Problems can arise when the brain is not getting enough blood up into the tissues to feed it oxygen and glucose (sugar), or when the fluid is not escaping quickly enough from the brain and taking away the toxins from the brain. Plaques can result from those toxins not escaping the brain, which in the medical model is what causes Multiple Sclerosis and many other neurodegenerative disorders. The internal jugular vein is the main brain drain. So, if the fluid is not escaping out of that vein, then pressure can build.  Misalignment of the Atlas, rotating into that vein can be a main cause of that. If you have questions please call our office today to find out more how upper cervical chiropractic care can help 603.380.9184.

In this study they don’t mention upper cervical chiropractic as a solution to correct that misalignment of the Atlas (C1), but we know that misalignment at C1 can impact many important functions in the brain. That’s what upper cervical chiropractors work to correct. The medical world is starting to catch on to this information, but if you are currently suffering from any of the above-named conditions, please don’t hesitate to call and ask how upper cervical chiropractic care may be a solution for you. 603.3890.9184

Pediatric Chronic Constipation Helped with Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Today we are reviewing a paper that discusses the efficacy of chiropractic care for Pediatric Constipation. “The Successful chiropractic care of pediatric patients with chronic constipation a case series and selective review of the literature.”

3% of children are reported to struggle with constipation, and this may be underreported as it is a topic children and parents don’t like to talk about. According to this study, $800 million is spent each year on laxatives and pediatric constipation is the second most common thing patients visit the pediatric gastroenterologist for. Given the high success rate that chiropractors report with pediatric constipation, it is important that parents should know there are options out there to correct the problem with gentle pediatric chiropractic care. If you are a parent that has a child struggling with constipation, hard stools, painful or bloody stools, then gentle pediatric chiropractic care may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Call our office to find out more. 603.380.9184

In this study three case reports are presented. All three had great success. The first child was a 21 month old that had struggled with constipation from birth with bowel movements every 3-4 days with large painful bloody stools. After the initial chiropractic visit, the mother reported an immediate response with daily, but still painful stools. After 2 months of care the infant was reporting daily, painless bowel movements.

The second case involved a 7 month old that had been constipated since 2 months old. Her bowel movements occurred every 3 days and were hard and painful. After the second visit to the chiropractor the child was having pain-free bowel movements every one to two days.

The third child was a 21 month old with constipation for 11 months and was reporting a bowel movement once a week. On occasion the bowel movements would create rectal bleeding. Within ten days of chiropractic care the mother reported her daughter was having daily bowel movements but with straining still and fear around bowel movements. After three months of care the patient’s bowel movements became comfortable and constipation was completely resolved.

These are just three stories, but we have seen many cases just like this, and more parents should know there are other options out there. If you or a parent you know has a child struggling with chronic constipation, having a chiropractor evaluate the child for spinal misalignment is a non-invasive, gentle approach that helps the child’s body heal from the inside out. If you need more information please call our office at 603.380.9184

Neck Tongue Syndrome and Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

The paper we are discussing today is a case report on a rare condition called Neck Tongue Syndrome.

What is Neck Tongue Syndrome (NTS) and what does my neck have to do with it?

Chiropractic physicians in Hong Kong did a case report on a 47 year old man who was experiencing single sided facial tingling and head pain correlated with locking of the tongue to the same side for three months prior. After three months of care, he reported a near complete resolution of all symptoms. So if you, or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, please let them know that chiropractic, specifically upper cervical chiropractic care can be very effective at correcting Neck Tongue Syndrome. Call our office today to find out more. 603.380.9184

So what can the upper neck have to do with NTS? Well first if you understand what NTS is then it will make sense that if you correct the problem in the upper cervical spine, it will have a direct effect on NTS. NTS is characterized by one sided head pain correlated with head turning and accompanied by the inability to form words, and a locking to one side of the tongue. This is also seen in the C2 nerve distribution in the back of the head as the C2 nerve root gets irritated by movement or rotation right and left. As well, the Trigeminocervical nucleus in the C1-C3 spinal joints gets irritated by the misalignment of the joints in this Upper Cervical spine. This is thought to cause the deep Cranial nerve irritation to the Hypoglossal nerve via a direct nerve connection between the Trigeminocervical nucleus. This connection is why the tongue spasms and becomes involved when the upper cervical spine is abnormally aligned.

This upper neck misalignment can be brought on by injury to the upper neck in either sports concussions, whiplash in a car accident, or poor posture. Once the nerve root is irritated the inflammation in the joints and nerves will not dissipate until the problem in the upper cervical spine has been reduced. If you know of someone struggling with this Neck Tongue Syndrome, or experiencing similar symptoms, let them know that getting checked out by an upper cervical specialist could be the hope they have been looking for. Call our office today at 603.380.9184

Can My Neck Be Causing Me To Grind My Teeth at Night?

Today we are reviewing a paper that relates why the Upper Cervical Spine alignment may have a big influence on the way the jaw works and can even be a key player in things like grinding your teeth (or Bruxism), and TMJ problems. This is a fantastic paper by Author: Gary Knutson DC, titled: “Vectored upper cervical manipulation for chronic sleep bruxism, headache, and cervical spine pain in a child”.

The Paper discusses a case report of a six-year-old girl with morning headaches, grinding of the teeth, and neck pain. The young girl had previously been diagnosed with teeth grinding by observation at night and abnormal tooth wear by her dentist. She had been suffering with head and neck pain rated an 8 out of 10 for about two months when she was initially checked by the upper cervical chiropractor. Four week prior to seeing the upper cervical chiropractor, she had been treating with a general chiropractor for two visits with no changes in symptoms. The patient was assessed for postural distortions; including forward head carriage, head tilt, shoulder and hip unleveling, as well as a leg length imbalance. The patient was also found to have muscle tenderness and imbalances in the suboccipital muscles at the base of the skull/ top of the neck. An Upper Cervical Misalignment was found and a correction to the upper neck was given that was gentle and linear, without twisting or rotation. A few days later symptoms were reduced and objective findings of posture and muscle imbalances were resolved. The patient was then rechecked two weeks later, and four months later, with no symptoms and no need to correct the upper neck again. With one upper Cervical gentle correction this young girls life was changed in a dramatic way for the better. Do you have a child or family member that suffers from TMJ issues, grinding at night, neck pain or headaches? If so, let them know upper cervical chiropractic care may be the solution they have been looking for. Call our office today to find out more 603.380.9184

Why would a gentle correction to the top two cervical vertebra or neck bones allow for so much healing to happen? Dr. Gary Knutson posits that the Upper Cervical spine has a direct connection to the Trigeminocervical Nuclei located around C1-C2-C3. When the upper cervical spine is out of alignment it can irritate this nerve and send noxious information up to the brain and into the Trigeminal Nucleus just behind the Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ. This activates this large bundle of nerves and causes them to fire into the muscles of mastication in the face. Stress is often blamed as the cause of grinding the teeth but a neck component could definitely play a key role. The trigeminal nucleus and trigeminal nerves are some of the largest nerves in the head and when they get activated, they can cause a lot of problems including but not limited to migraines, headaches, neck pain, facial pain, numbness or tingling in the face or neck, eye pain, TRIGEMINAL NUERALGIA, as well as Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) and bruxism, or grinding. If you know of someone suffering from these problems, especially children, let them know they don’t have to suffer, and there may be help and answers. Consulting with an Upper Cervical Chiropractor may be the missing piece they have been looking for. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call the office today at 603.380.9184

What the Heck is Craniocervical Syndrome?

What the heck is craniocervical syndrome? And why is my neck so important?

Today we are highlighting an article that just came out in August of 2018 titled: “Craniocervical Junction Syndrome: Anatomy of the Craniocervical and Atlantoaxial Junctions and the Effect of Misalignment on Cerebrospinal Fluid Flow.” Craniocervical syndrome is when you develop headaches, neck pain, or dizziness after a whiplash type accident. You may wonder why this is. The top two neck bones of the spine, C1 and C2 (also known as the atlas and the axis), sit under the skull and are held in place by muscles, ligaments, and tendons, unlike the rest of the spine. The rest of the spine has boney locks that hold them in place. So if you have an immediate sudden injury to the head and neck, the ligaments, tendons, and muscles can’t hold the joint in place like they normally do. The natural postural reflex gets overridden. Now what happens is because C0-C1-C2 is the most freely movable joint in the spine, then we get a rotational malposition, or misalignment of C1. This malposition or misalignment starts to cause problems in how the head and the neck talk to each other. This creates a “cork in the bottle” situation at the base of the skull and top of the neck where all of the messages to the body come down from the brain. So if you know of someone suffering from headaches, head pressure, head pain, neck pain, numbness or tingling in the head or neck, and dizziness or vertigo, an Upper Cervical Chiropractic Specialist will be able to analyze and assess the relationship between the head and neck, and see if there is a problem. Call our office today 603.380.9184.

A misalignment at C0-C1-C2 can also come from sitting at a desk with poor posture, birth trauma, or falling out of a tree when you are a child. However, the most common way we see large trauma produced is from a concussion from either sports or work related injuries, or a car accident. Once the injury has taken place, it’s just a matter of time before the physiology of the body starts to be affected by the structural underlying problem. Sometimes it can take up to 5-10 years before symptoms really start to become a problem. I hear that all the time, “Five to ten years ago I was hit from behind while stopped. I didn’t feel much at the time, but the car behind me was going 45 mph. Then just the other day I started to really feel pain in my head and neck and I’m starting to get dizzy.” THAT IS CRANIOCERVCICAL SYNDROME! Now what to do about it? Upper Cervical Chiropractors are specifically trained to correct the misalignment between C0-C1-C2. This is done without twisting or popping, and when it is done right, the correction of the misalignment should hold its position for a period of time. This “holding” proper alignment is what heals the body, not getting adjusted every week once a week for the rest of your life. So if you are frustrated with the answers you’ve been getting from your healthcare providers call an upper cervical chiropractic office today 603.380.9184.

There are other ways a misalignment can impact your body and health. The negative effects of having misalignment at C0-C1-C2 are beginning to be linked to things like: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Chronic Neurodegenerative diseases. This is plausible because the relationship between the upper neck and the brain is very important. The Upper neck is a passageway that almost all of the messages between the brain and the body flow through in the brainstem/spinal cord. The Vertebral Arteries that pass through the upper cervical spine carry 20% of the blood flow to the brain. Also, the blood draining out of the brain actually prefers to go through and around the spine. which creates a backing up of fluid into the brain if the upper neck is misaligned. Lastly, the Cerebrospinal fluid (or CSF) flow can be kinked and compromised in the base of the brainstem and in the upper neck if a misalignment at C0-C1-C2 exists for a period of time. All of these dangerous processes happen slowly, but over time start to wear and tear on the soft tissue of the spinal cord and brain. So if you or someone you know is suffering from head pain, neck pain, or dizziness, have them call an upper cervical chiropractic specialist today to get checked. 603.380.9184

How a Neck Injury Can Impact the Entire Body

If you suffer from chronic low back pain or chronic body pain could it be coming from your neck! Have you had trauma to your upper neck and noticed that your whole body hurts or you are just more tired and stiff all over? Well why is that?! That’s what we are going to answer today! The paper that we are studying today is called “Dentate Ligament Cord Distortion Hypothesis” by John D Grostic, 1988 in the Chiropractic Research Journal.

The Upper Cervical spine, specifically the Atlas and Axis, give rise to 50% of the flexion/extension and Rotation right and left in your neck. The upper cervical spine is the most complex joint in the spine as it houses all of the nerves that go down from your brain out to your body. When the upper neck goes out of alignment, as it doesn’t have any boney locks like the rest of the spine, it shifts enough that it can compromise the SpinoCerebellar tract and Spinothalamic tract in your spinal cord. These nerve tracts are the largest nerve tracts in the spinal cord and they lay right next to the attachment sites of the Dentate ligaments to the spinal cord. An upper neck misalignment is a big problem because until someone carefully measures and corrects that misalignment, it can be causing direct spinal cord irritation. So if you know of someone that is struggling with chronic body pain or low back pain, getting their upper cervical spine checked may be an integral piece to getting their health back. Call today to find out more about what an initial evaluation in an upper cervical office may entail 603.380.9184.

You might wonder how the tiny little ligaments in the neck can cause such a big problem. They can cause such a big problem because those ligaments do a big job. The spinal cord is known to stretch up to 30mm in flexion and extension of the cervical spine. If the spinal cord isn’t attached safely and securely to keep it riding in the center of the spinal canal, that’s where the big problems can arise. If it were slightly off center, it would start to cause spinal irritation with movement. We actually see this exact problem in our office. We often hear some of our patients say things like: “As long as I’m flat on my back or standing straight I don’t have a problem, but then when bend over I feel more pain.” That’s because that cord is being tugged around and pulled out of place.  So if you know of someone that suffers from unexplainable body pain like that, let them know upper cervical chiropractic care might be able to help.

Since the spinal cord is comprised by this Dentate ligament traction, it can also cause a restriction in blood flow to the spinal cord. This is a huge problem because the blood flow brings energy and oxygen and takes away metabolic waste. So if the upper neck is out of alignment it can be slowly causing two problems: a direct spinal cord tract distortion, and a loss of blood to and from the spinal cord. If you know of someone that has had an injury to their cervical spine, it may be affecting the entire body, not just their neck. Call an upper cervical chiropractor today to find out how they can help.

The Role of the Upper Cervical Spine and Neurodegenerative Conditions

Can the alignment of the bones in my upper neck prevent Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimers, Parkinson's and Dementia?...

The paper we are reviewing this week is called “The role of the craniocervical junction in Craniospinal Hydrodynamics and Neurodegenerative Conditions. Well that’s a lot of big words, what do they all mean and how are they connected!? The Craniocervical Junction (CCJ), aka the Upper Cervical spine, is the joint between your head and your spine. This is important because all of the nerve signals between your brain and your body go through there and the blood and Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) flow travels between the joint as well. The CCJ is comprised of the Base of the Skull or occiput, the Atlas or first Cervical vertebra, and the Axis or second cervical vertebra. What makes this joint different is that it doesn’t have a disc above it or below it and gives rise to approximately half of the Flexion and extension and left and right rotation in your neck. Therefore the joint is prone to injury as it is the most mobile joint in the spine but also the most unprotected as it is held together by ligaments, tendons, and muscles unlike the rest of the joints in the spine that have boney locks. 20% of the arterial fluid that travels to the brain travels up through the CCJ as well as when you are upright the venous drainage route of choice for the blood is through the vertebral venous plexous through the CCJ, not the larger jugular veins! This is important to understand because if the CCJ is misaligned at either ATLAS (C1) or AXIS (C2) it can create fluid imbalances in the brain which can be very bad. So If you experience feelings of pressure in the head or pounding or whooshing it might be something an Upper Cervical Chiropractor could help with by correcting the alignment of C1 or C2. Call today to find out more 603.380.9184.

The fluid flow balance to the brain is very sensitive. When arterial blood travels up to the brain it is very carefully balanced by venous blood coming back down out of the skull through the Upper cervical spine or CCJ. This is also balanced by the CSF fluid leaving through the venous system as well. So all of this fluid is constantly moving based on heart beat rhythms, respiration or breathing, and movements of the rest of the body especially when going from standing up to laying down or inverting. When the blood leaves the skull it prefers to go through the vertebral plexus which can be an issue for some people backing up into the brain causing what is known as Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency or (CCSVI) and this can in turn cause things like Multiple Sclerosis. Blood brings oxygen and nutrients to the brain so the brain balances the blood very carefully coming to it and going away because if blood isn’t getting to the brain we can have hypoxia or nutrient deficiency. As well going away from the brain if blood is getting away quickly enough it can cause pooling or build up of toxins in the blood which can injure brain tissue. The brain tissue is very sensitive to changes in environment so having the cervical spine which is a gatekeeper for the brain in good alignment can prevent any of these such build up of toxins or lack of nutrients. So if you know of someone suffering from Multiple sclerosis or a chronic neurodegenerative disease getting their neck checked by an Upper Cervical Specialist can be greatly helpful.

Finally the Cerebrospinal Fluid flow or CSF flow is a very important piece as well. The CSF can be obstructed by either a malformation of the CCJ or misalignment of C1 or C2. This can happen in cases of Chiari Malformations where the Cerebellar tonsils actually drop down into the foramen magnum at the base of the skull and into C1 which ends up rerouting CSF flow and can cause eddies and jets in the brain. This is bad for the brain tissue again as the tissue is very sensitive to changes in the environment. Alignment of C1 and C2 can greatly impact the CSF flow in these Chiari patients as there symptoms are a result of pressure imbalances and direct brainstem pressure. If you know of someone who struggles with Chirari malformation or malformations of the CCJ getting their upper Cervical spine checked can be a great help to their bodies function.

Personal Trainer Achieves Higher Performance with Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Haylee has been under care for nearly two years and has recovered from migraines, headaches, wrist pain, foot pain, neck pain and back pain. She is a personal trainer and knows the value of good alignment especially when lifting big weight and training hard for body competitions. Haylee has been able to achieve higher performance levels and feels more comfortable in her body by regularly keeping her head on straight through gentle upper cervical chiropractic care.

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Whiplash Injury, Headache, and Shoulder Pain helped with Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Colin came into our office 8 weeks ago with headaches, left shoulder pain, and low back pain. He was in a car accident and was struck from behind while stopped in traffic by someone traveling 40mph. He felt fine for a few days, and then a week later developed symptoms of headaches, shoulder pain and lower back pain that were getting worse as the days went on. After a few weeks of specific upper cervical chiropractic care, Colin is back on track. His headaches have dissipated, his left shoulder pain and low back pain have all gone away!

If you have suffered from whiplash injuries getting checked out by an upper cervical chiropractor might be the answer you are looking for! Call us today at 603.380.9184

Chronic Neck Pain, Cervical Instability and Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

Do you know someone that’s always complaining about their neck or cracks their neck to make it feel better? Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care might be just what you’ve been looking for.

In the paper titled “Chronic neck pain: making the connection between capsular ligament laxity and cervical instability” the authors discuss chronic neck pain dysfunction, what causes it, and how it can be helped. Within the general population, about 30-50% of people suffer from a bout of neck pain at some point. Women over 50 make up the largest proportion of this statistic. One third of the population will have chronic neck pain which lasts longer than 6 months, and 5% of the population will become disabled from chronic neck pain. Traditional treatments for chronic neck pain these days include: NSAIDs, Narcotics, cervical collars, PT, rest, nerve blocks, manual therapy, and strengthening exercises. These traditional treatments tend to have short-term changes or results, but lasting, long-term changes are few and far between. In this paper the writers propose that chronic neck pain and neck pain disability occurs because of a ligament laxity and cervical instability from macro and micro trauma to the cervical spine ligaments, tendons and muscles. These traumas could include everything from whiplash associated disorders from a car accident, or a concussion from sports injury, all the way down to anterior head carriage from sitting at the desk all day. Upper cervical chiropractic care is very effective at stabilizing the spine after macro traumas and micro traumas a like, so if you are struggling with debilitating neck symptoms, give our office, or your local Upper Cervical Chiropractic office, a call.

There are many reasons why the cervical spine is so susceptible to chronic instability. The upper cervical vertebra are the smallest bones in the spine and sit directly under the head which weights up to 10-12 lbs on average. The upper cervical spine is comprised of some of the most mobile joints in the spine, which is why you have a lot of mobility in your neck, but that also makes it more susceptible to injury. The upper cervical spine is held in place by muscles, ligaments, and tendons. When there are traumas to the upper cervical area, the ligaments and tendons that prevent too much motion become slightly unstable, causing the joints to move in unhealthy patterns. If this sounds like you, an Upper cervical chiropractic evaluation will be able to tell if you are a good candidate for care. Give our office a call to find out more.

If your neck has become unstable from an acute injury like a whiplash, or from prolonged poor posture, the joints may be out of alignment in the upper cervical spine causing restricted range of motion, or clicking, popping, and grinding. These are all signs that the cervical spine is out of alignment, and possibly compensating from ligaments and soft tissue damage. In a specific upper cervical chiropractic office, we assess and analyze the spine to see if gentle, upper cervical corrections will be the best fit to allow the joints to heal. If you have seen someone grab their head and twist their neck until it pops that is the opposite of what we do in our office. We are working to find out what joint is the most affected and correct the alignment gently without any rotation so that the range of motion naturally returns and the joint heals and becomes strong again to prevent abnormal motion, and allow proper motion to return. If abnormal motion persists for long periods, the body will start to lay down bone to prevent abnormal motion, which is called arthritis, or degeneration. If we get to the problem early enough, we actually prevent that degenerative process and keep the ligaments, tendons, and muscles healthy and happy. If you are struggling with chronic neck pain and instability give our office a call to see if you are a good candidate for Upper Cervical Chiropractic care.

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Chiropractic Helps Improves Brain Function

Chiropractic adjustments can help your brain function better! If you are looking to make big life changes in the new year, chiropractic care can be a great foundation to starting that process!

In 2016 Dr. Heidi Haavik released a paper titled “Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the prefrontal cortex: a brain source localization study.” The paper talks about how neural plastic changes have been shown after chiropractic adjustments. In the past, chiropractic studies have shown changes in the brain areas, specifically the primary sensory cortex, primary motor cortex, the prefrontal cortex, basal ganglia and the cerebellum. This is important because normally people seek out chiropractic care when they have neck pain, headaches, or low back pain. What this study is showing is that patients with these symptoms got adjusted, and a side effect to the adjustments was a 20% change in brain function after just one adjustment! That group was compared to a "sham" or "control" group that was not adjusted, which showed no change in brain function. If you are looking to help your body function better and improve brain health, chiropractic is a very effective tool. Give us a call today to find out more about how chiropractic can help your brain and body function better.

The brain is broken up into three main areas: the Cerebrum, the Cerebellum, and the Brainstem. The Cerebrum (the large sponge looking piece we normally think of) is the newest part of the brain and is where most summation of thought occurs and where our human consciousness, as we think of it, sits. The Cerebelllum (the small brain in the lower, back portion) is where movement is coordinated and learned skills and habits come from. The brainstem (the little stalk at the bottom and the deepest, oldest part of the brain) is what controls all of the automatic functions like breathing, heart rate, and digestion. They are all very important but what this study did was to localize where the largest change happens after an adjustment. What the study found was the Pre-frontal cortex (which is right behind our forehead and is the area in charge of thought and consciousness) is where the largest shifts happened in brain function after the adjustment. That’s profound considering most people go to the chiropractor just to help their stiff low back or the neck pain! If you are looking to take control of your life in the new year and improve your ability to focus, improve brain function, and get your health back on track - chiropractic care can help with more that just neck pain. It can literally help “get your head back on straight”.

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“Manipulation of dysfunctional spinal joints affects sensorimotor integration in the prefrontal cortex: a brain source localization study.” Heidi Haavik 2016

Upper Cervical Care Can Help with High Blood Pressure

Is your neck causing your High Blood Pressure?!

Recently a study published titled “Atlantoaxial misalignment causes High Blood Pressure in rats: a novel hypertension model,” was published by acupuncturists in China. These acupuncturists do Chinese Medicine which includes ways to lower high blood pressure via manual manipulation to the upper cervical spine. What they have found over the years is that patients with neck pain and stiffness often have high blood pressure and when they manipulate the upper cervical spine, they notice normalization of high blood pressure. So naturally they wanted to study the relationship and find a description for why that’s happening. We also see this same result in our practice where a patient comes in with hypertension and after years of diet and exercise modification or medication, they still have high blood pressure. After 8 weeks of upper cervical chiropractic care their blood pressure will stabilize. This doesn’t happen with every patient and it isn’t always a 100% fix. But we believe that if it helps, every one that is struggling with high blood pressure should be checked for upper cervical misalignment. If you are struggling to balance hypertension give your local Upper Cervical Chiropractic office a call today.

In the study they took rats, which have similar anatomy and physiology to humans in the upper cervical spine, and measured their blood pressure before intervention and again after. Before the intervention, the rats had normal systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Then they inserted a 6mm staple in the upper neck to misalign the bones and found post intervention an immediate shift toward hypertension. They waited a few days and took the staples out and low and behold their blood pressure came back down. Now what they found was that it's not necessarily a bone on an artery that causes the problem by kinking off the blood flow to the brain. They did that study with rabbits, pulling on the artery into the brain and found that there wasn’t a significant change. What they found in this study was that changing the position of the bones in the upper neck caused the Superior Cervical Ganglia (SCG) to over fire into the brain causing Norepinephrine (NE) to increase and Acetylcholine (Ach) to decrease in the blood stream. This neurobiochemical interaction is what caused the rats to have increased blood pressure! This is very important to remember because STRUCTURE dictates FUNCTION. If we know that misaligning the upper cervical bones can cause problems in blood pressure who knows what other poor neurobiochemical pathways are being turned on and what pathways might be turned off!?

If you or someone you know is struggling to manage blood pressure through conventional means of diet, exercise, and medication, Upper Cervical Chiropractic care may be an effective tool for getting things under control. Call us today to find out more. 603-380-9184

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Impact on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Variability

Effects of Upper and Lower Cervical Spinal Manipulative Therapy on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Variability in Volunteers and Patients with Neck Pain: A Randomized controlled cross over preliminary study.

This paper was designed to test a connection between neck pain, Heart Rate Variability (HRV), Blood Pressure (BP), and Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT). The results showed a significant decrease in neck pain after upper and lower cervical SMT as well as changes in BP. In our office neck and back pain are the chief complaints our patients report when initiating care. Then we correct their Upper Cervical Spine and see changes throughout their whole body not just their neck. We see these changes in how their whole body functions because the nervous system is the master control of the body. If you know of someone that is experiencing whole body dysfunction, getting their nervous system checked by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor is a great place to start. Call us today to find out more.

Why is the cervical spine and the nervous system so important? The answer is in how the Nervous system is broken up. There are two main branches to the Nervous system: the Central or CNS, and the Peripheral or PNS. The CNS is made up of the brain and spinal cord and this is the master control of the body. The PNS is made up of the nerves that come out of the spinal cord and brain and direct function to the extremities, torso, muscles, and organs of the body. The PNS is then broken down into the Autonomic System, which is our basic Automatic control of organ function and reflexes. This Autonomic system is often known as the “Fight or Flight” and the “Rest and Digest”. This Autonomic system is very helpful when studied in showing how well the body is functioning. In this paper neck pain was reduced by adjusting the Cervical spine while simultaneously seeing changes in HRV and BP. Call us today to find out more about the alignment of your spine. 603.380.9184

What is HRV and why does BP change when the cervical spine is adjusted? Well Heart Rate Variability is measured in the intervals between heart beats. It is the shape and length of the QRS wave which is the one beat of the Heart Rate. Spread across time you can measure the heart beats against each other for many different qualities, but the goal is to have a regularly changing heartbeat. If the heart beat is the same every time that is what we call a pattern of pathophysiology or bad physiology that can set the body up for a problem. In chiropractic, we are always trying to make the body adapt better, and measuring a thing like HRV allows us to tell if we are making good changes in the nervous system. Finally, Blood Pressure or BP is influenced by Autonomic nuclei in the cervical spine as well as the Vagus nerve which has a neurological link to the cervical spine. There have been studies that have shown good sustained change in Hypertensive patients as well as Hypotensive patients with gentle, specific, upper cervical corrections. If you are interested in finding out how to get your body back on track, getting your nervous system checked by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor is a great start. Call us today!