The Major Premise of Upper Cervical Care is that there is a subluxation
(vertebral misalignment with nerve interference) in the upper cervical spine
interfering with the expression of life in the body. Throughout the body, nerve fibers travel from
the brain down the spinal cord to every tissue, organ and cell of the
body. It is these nerve fibers that
carry mental impulse from the brain which nourish the body and allow for proper
communication from the brain to the body and back to the brain again. Misalignments throughout the spine can
interfere with these messages causing decreased signaling throughout the body
depending on which nerve root is compressed and which part of it is interfered
with as it exits the spine. A nerve,
although impinged, will still fire to the extent it can into the body and the
end organ it innervates.
The aforementioned is true of everywhere in the spine except for the
upper cervical area. The first two bones
in the cervical spine just below the skull house the brainstem as it exits the
foramen magnum. The nerve fibers that
flow through the brainstem do not fire partially like the rest of the nerve
roots in the spine. They follow what is
called, “the all or none principle,” meaning that fibers in the brainstem
either give you everything or they give you nothing. If there is pressure on the brainstem
shutting down the fibers to the body then whatever those fibers innervate; that
part of the body loses life. For
example, if the fibers to the heart are compressed long enough over time a
heart palpation can develop or high blood pressure ensues as tissues start
breaking down faster than they can repair.
This is in essence, a “loss of life” or a “paralysis” as energy is no
longer flowing at 100% to the body structure.
Since there are no pain receptors in the brain, brainstem, or spinal
cord there is usually no direct symptomatic response to spinal subluxations
(vertebral misalignment with nerve interference). Disease and breakdown occur overtime as life
giving energy is slowly drained. Often
degenerative diseases which take years to develop are often the result in this
breakdown of communication; the top three conditions being, osteoarthritis,
cancer, and heart disease. All are due
to a body building itself unhealthy instead of healthy.
Damage to the brain does occur with trauma and many cases can still
function somewhat normally. This is
evident in President Ronald Regan’s secretary who was shot through the brain
and lived. The same holds true of the
spinal cord. However, this does not hold
true of the brainstem which is the old animal brain and is responsible for all
bodily functions such as heart, digestive, lung, hormone, eye, ear, and sinus
function as well as balance and equilibrium.
If the brainstem is so much as bruised, death results. The brainstem acts as a huge processing
center which controls and coordinates all the functions of the body given that
it has no interference.
The body heals not because of upper cervical care but in response to
it. Once interference is removed from
the brainstem by correcting the upper cervical subluxation the body will resume
functioning at its highest capacity possible.
Increased neurological supply of life to the body generates and restores
the healing response innate to the individual.
Below the level of subluxation is paralysis as previously discussed in
this paper. Above the level of
subluxation we see a congestion in the brain occur. This congestion can be likened to a dam
constructed where the water below is restricted and the water behind is slowed
and pooled. This phenomenon has been
noted in multiple sclerosis patients with cerebral spinal fluid and venous
drainage stagnation seen with 3D cat scan imaging. Congestion in the brain leads to conditions
such as: mental fogginess, improper decision making, increased emotional
turmoil and tension, emotional outburst, lack of mental clarity as well as
anxiety and depression. The reason for
these phenomena is due to the fact that part of the brain stem is the amygdala
which is the center of emotions and is part of the old animal brain located in
the center of the cerebral hemispheres.
Compounding this issue is the subject of trauma. As with most traumatic experiences whether
emotional, mental, or physical, the sympathetic nervous system is the
predominate overriding force attributed to dysfunction. When added to the already compromised
function of the brainstem, a sympathetic dominate state is like driving a car
with a stuck accelerator. No matter what
you try to do, you will keep running the same course until you can unstick the
accelerator. Until you restore the state
of the nervous system to a parasympathetic state you are stuck in sympathetic
overdrive which is long term fight or flight and almost always results in
adrenal burnout, physical exhaustion, and emotional fatigue.
In the studies with MS patients it was found that 100% of the patients
examined had trauma to the upper cervical spine (i.e. car wreck, whiplash, or
fall, etc.). It was also found that of the
77 patients examined in the study all responded positively to upper cervical
care. There was a reduction of more than
50% of the symptoms attributed to the disease, verified by both x-rays and
clinical results. Based on these
findings the doctors in charge of the study have stated that, “Upper Cervical
Care should be a primary treatment of the mechanical cause of MS and there is
evidence that upper cervical care can prevent the disease.”
When looking at how upper cervical misalignments can occur and impact
the nervous system and particularly the brainstem it is assuring to know that
there is a solution. When the source of the problem is corrected the body can
then begin to heal emotionally, mentally, and physically. As we remove the block to life flow from the
brain to the body the likened damn is released allowing water to flow smoothly
and effortlessly. This is the innate
intelligence that we are. If we could
live a life free from subluxation we could live a life with the ability to
adapt to our stresses, overcome our traumas, and move through our trapped
emotions much more effectively and efficiently.
Upper Cervical Care utilizes state of the art technology such Specific
Upper Cervical X-rays and Computed Infrared Thermography to determine when to
make a correction and if brain stem pressure is present.
Dr. Clayton Sullwold D.C. is a certified upper cervical chiropractor
having completed post-doctoral work in upper cervical care. He is a certified animal chiropractor through
the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and he lives and
practices in Durango, Colorado with his beautiful wife Petra.