Upper Cervical Misalignment: (Poor Posture = Poor Health)

Is Your Head on Straight? Your posture will tell you.

C0=skull; C1=atlas; C2=axis
These are the signs, which may indicate that you have an 
upper cervical spine injury, which may have gone undetected 
for some time. You don’t have to experience all of these symptoms, 
just some. However, the posture, head tilt sign, shoulder height 
sign and ear symptoms will, in my opinion, make it a strong 
possibility that you do have such an injury.
1.) Is your posture poor? Do you have rounded shoulders 
and/or forward head posture? Does your head feel heavy to hold?

2.) Is your head tilted to one side and/or your head rotated to 
one side when you look in a mirror? This can be really subtle.

3.) Does your nose or nasal septum deviate to one side? If so, 
you may find that it deviates towards the side to which your 
atlas has moved anterior (e.g. nose deviates to the left; 
then atlas is anterior on the left)

4.) Is one of your shoulders lower than the other? Pull your 
shoulders back and down and look carefully for one lower 
than the other. Again it can be subtle.

5.) Press firmly but gently with your thumb into the impression 
just below your skull at the top of your neck on both sides. 
Find the base of your skull and press the soft flesh around that area. 
Is this tender or painful for you?

6.) Do you have some shoulder and/or neck pain/aches, 
which don't seem to go away?

7.) Does your jaw click when you use it, open it to eat etc. 
Further check on this; Put your pinkies into your ear canals 
and chew normally. Do you feel a bumpy dislocation like feeling? 
This should be a smooth action in your joints.

8.) Do you have any lower back pain or mid back pain 
(under the shoulder blades) niggles?
9.) Can you move your head from side to side without pain or restriction? 
Is there a loss of Range of Motion?

10.) Do you have any sand paper, clicking or crunching sounds when moving 
your head from side to side in a 'NO' action?

11.) Is your hearing a problem or do you have other ear symptoms 
(IE. watery sounds, blockages, vertigo, or recurrent ear infections)?

12.) Do you often get headaches or migraines?

13.) Can you remember any trauma (even minor) to the head, neck or shoulders?

14.) Was your birth difficult?

15.) How's your vision? – Sensitive to light, especially at dusk, floaters?

16.) Do you experience any dizziness, vertigo or movement sensations? 
Does the ground seem to move away from you?

17.) Do you experience any tingling and burning sensations 
especially in fingers and toes?

18.) Do you have confirmed Scoliosis of the spine, from x-rays? 

19.) Do you have one leg shorter than the other or is your 
pelvis higher on one side?

20.) Have you had any x-rays, CT scans or MRIs taken of your 
cervical spine? Do these reveal loss of cervical curvature, 
even a small amount?
Chiropractic care of these injuries enjoys the most success rate 
for complete recovery when compared to the prescribed pain medicine 
or irreversible surgeries recommended by traditional doctors. 
Chiropractic should always be tried first, drugs second, and surgery 
should always be saved as a last option. That way if Chiropractic 
doesn't work, one could move on to the medicine, if that fails, 
you still have surgery as an option. If the order is followed in reverse, 
the chances that the remaining options can reverse any damage caused by 
surgery is slim to none.
When we hear the word posture, it reminds us of our parents 
constantly reminding us to sit up straight during our adolescent years. 
As life goes by our concerns tend to be more about our looks, 
as no-one wants to develop that “hunchback” look as we get older, 
so with that in mind we remind ourselves to stand tall.

While the effects that poor posture has on our muscles and 
joints are well documented, what is not as well understood 
by most is how posture affects the brain and nervous system 
and how your chiropractor can help.

No movement = no neural activation = brain shut down
When joints stop working properly, it is not just the joints, 
muscles and tissues that suffer. There is also corresponding 
parts of your brain that shut down as well. Your brain’s highest 
priority is to be able to accurately position where you are in 
space and it relies on neural activation from moving joints to 
perform this task. No movement = no neural activation 
= brain shut down. Next time you see someone with poor posture 
think more about what it says about the state of the brain and 
its ability to perform the most evolved task it was ever designed 
to keep your brain healthy start by looking after your posture.