Relaxing with an Upper Cervical Chiropractic Adjustment
I'm sure you've been in this scenario where you're stressed out somewhere on the freeway near Burbank, Hollywood, or downtown Los Angeles: you grip the wheel and fight traffic while trying to get home from work and rush to your child's sports event.
Tension runs through your muscles in your shoulders and down your back. Every day, you rush and rush with no end to the stress.
Here's what's happening: your sympathetic nervous system is kicking in to action. Your blood pressure jumps up, your heart speeds up and your digestion slows down. It's part of the autonomic nervous system which regulates your breathing, heart rate and your digestive system.
Read on to learn how an Upper Cervical adjustment helps your nervous system adjust to life's realities and stresses.
Stress in Your Body: The Sympathetic System
Did you ever feel sweat on your forehead during an embarrassing situation or when you're scared in the dark? Your sympathetic nervous system is at work giving you a fight-or-flight response. Your body reacts when there is a perceived, physical threat.
A network of nerve cells, neurons, activate receptors which in turn release the hormone norepinephrine. Alerts travel through the tissues and organs as noted in this write-up on the Sympathetic Nervous System.
In the urban jungles of Southern California and the fast-paced offices of Century City and Santa Monica, people are often on alert.
We're not made to live in a fight or flight mode all the time so what's the opposite?
Time to Relax: The Parasympathetic System
When your heart rate slows, you can thank your parasympathetic system, also known as the "rest and digest" system. The fibers control what happens when our body is at rest along with how we get rid of bodily waste.
If you're having digestive problems, then an Upper Cervical adjustment will often help because it's enabling the nerves in the parasympathetic system to function well.
Your Nervous System
Think of your nerves like ultra-thin cables that run from your brain, through your brainstem, and along your spine. When they're pinched from the misalignment of vertebrae they're simply not going to function well.
This impacts how tough or easy it is to catch your breath and relax or to be alert when it's necessary.
I have performed hundreds of thousands of Upper Cervical adjustments in my mid-Wilshire office and I've seen executives who were stressed out become able to relax.
What do I do?
I typically adjust the top two vertebrae-the C1, also known as the atlas, and C2 which is known as the axis. They're the most movable vertebrae in your spinal column and it only takes a slight amount of pressure to adjust, so I'm gentle. Picture holding a grape firmly between your forefinger and thumb. That's the amount of pressure I use so that there's no twisting or popping of the neck.
If you're having trouble sleeping at night, or remaining alert in the day, consider this chiropractic technique as an alternative to expensive prescription drugs and homeopathic remedies. Aligning your top two vertebrae is getting to the root cause of the problem.
Once the nerve interference is removed, your body will change for the better.
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