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.