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Natural neck pain relief and your C1 vertebra

Posted in Neck Pain Disorders on May 11, 2020

Natural neck pain relief and your C1 vertebra

Are you doing the right thing … just maybe in the wrong order?

The alignment of the top vertebra in your neck - called the C1 or atlas vertebra - may be the key to discovering neck pain relief naturally and without surgery.

If you have been searching for a neck pain specialist Brisbane, you have probably seen a number of specialists and practitioners including physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, neck pain specialists, and maybe even orthopedic surgeons.

You may have tried a variety of neck pain treatments, both natural and medical, and odds are that you have probably been doing the right things. However, if you are still experiencing the same symptoms, then it probably means that there is something interfering with your body’s natural ability to resolve the issue.

You see, there is no magic stretch, medication, or surgery that fixes neck pain. It is because only your body is capable of healing itself, from the inside-out!

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So if you are the type of person who believes that your body IS capable of healing itself - and if you are wanting to find neck pain natural treatment Brisbane - even if you think you’ve already tried everything already, then let me ask you:

 

Have you tried seeing an upper cervical chiropractic doctor?

Someone how focuses on the relationship between the top vertebra in your neck - the C1 or atlas vertebra - and how it can affect your nervous system and muscles potentially being the underlying cause of neck pain?

To learn more - especially if you’ve never heard about an upper cervical chiropractor before - continue reading this article, or Google for even more info at "atlashealth.com.au neck pain.”

 

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Are you treating the symptom or the cause of your neck pain?

Neck pain doesn’t happen without a reason.

One of the most important things that any neck pain doctor Brisbane must do to help is to identify the underlying cause of your neck pain: to identify whatever is interfering with your body’s ability to heal itself.

Because when you know the CAUSE of your neck pain, the right treatment is evident!

 

  • If your neck pain is caused by tight muscles, WHY are those muscles tight in the first place?
  • If your neck pain is caused by arthritis, WHY is that arthritis there at all?
  • If your neck pain is caused by stress, WHY are you feeling it in your neck but not anywhere else?

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Your upper neck is the most important yet fragile area of your spine. It allows for almost 50% of the total movement in your neck, and at the same time supports the weight of your skull. You C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae also protect your spinal cord and brainstem, which is the master control center for your entire body.

This area - approximately 1cm in total length - contains an extremely dense number of neurons or nerve cells that regulate sensory information in your body:

 

  • Pain, touch and other physical sensations
  • Muscle tone and body sense (including equilibrium and proprioception)
  • Sensory modulation (i.e., the ability to “tune out” certain sensations)

 

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Every physical sensation in your body - including sensation in your neck - is transmitted directly through the C1 and C2 vertebrae at the opening to your skull.

When people experience physical injuries that affect the muscles, ligaments, and nerves in their neck, people may experience very different symptoms based on the degree of the injury.

 

  • Many injuries don’t cause any initial pain but accumulate over months or years leading to tight muscles, arthritis, disc degeneration, and chronic neck pain
  • Many injuries don’t even cause pain at all, but affect the balance-sense nerves in the neck and may contribute towards a sense of disequilibrium
  • Many injuries are also very small - maybe only 1-3mm and require specialized tests in order to diagnose.

 

Especially if you have been to Brisbane neck pain specialists, it is important not to discount problems just because they are small.

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Consider the size of a pebble in your shoe. Or a splinter in your finger. Or even something as small as a virus.

Small things can have big consequences if they affect your body in just the wrong place.

And because your neck has so many nerves associated with it and has such an important role in health and wellbeing, even small injuries may cause significant neck pain.

 

What is different about an atlas or upper cervical chiropractor?

If you have been to Brisbane neck pain clinics or other specialists who have been able to successfully help your neck pain, brilliant! Whether it is medicine, physiotherapy, general chiropractor, or other forms of care, if you have found a solution that works for you, I am happy.

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Alas, if you have still not found an approach that has worked, it means that there must be something else going on. Odds are, the specialists and practitioners at the neck pain clinic Brisbane are spot on when it comes to identifying where the problem is in your neck.

The difference may simply be with the approach.

Here is where an additional insight from an upper cervical chiropractor may be able to help.

An upper cervical chiropractor is someone who has completed additional studies beyond a standard university course into the diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to misalignments for the upper neck.

Rather than employing general spinal manipulation, an upper cervical chiropractor does not twist or crack the neck at all. 

Instead, the treatment process involves a series of tests that assess the physical and neurological health of your neck, including customized x-rays, which reveal the exact direction and degree of any injuries in your neck that are not commonly diagnosed with standard CT or even MRI scans.

With this precise information, an upper cervical chiropractor is able to design a correction that is specifically-tailored for your own bone and body structure. Because it is like a key fitting into a lock, the procedure is light and does not need to use manipulation. 

 

How can we help you? North Lakes Chiropractor

We trust this article has given you some valuable information that may be able to help you if you are experiencing neck pain.

If you are looking for neck pain natural treatment Brisbane and have not tried an upper cervical chiropractic doctor, we would like to hear from you.

Our practice, Atlas Health Australia, is the premier upper cervical healthcare center in Brisbane. 

Our passion is helping people who have been dealing with health problems including neck pain, who are seeking hope, healing, and long-term solutions so that they can enjoy the quality of life that they desire and deserve.

Dr. Jeffrey Hannah is an advanced certified Blair upper cervical chiropractor. He is an international lecturer, author, and recognized leader in the field of upper cervical chiropractic care globally.

If you would like more information, we are happy to offer a 15-minute over the phone consultation with Dr. Hannah, where you can discuss your specific condition and to ask any question you may have direct with us so that you can decide if upper cervical care may be right for you.

It would be our honor to hear from you.

Simply call us direct at 07 3188 9329 to schedule a no-obligation consultation. Alternatively, you can email us through the Contact Us link on our webpage, atlashealth.com.au neck pain. One of our staff get back to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you and will be happy to assist in any way we can.

 

Atlas Health Australia - “Hope, healing, and wellbeing from above-down, inside-out.”

 

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