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