The area that we specialize in the Upper Cervical region which is composed of the top two bones in the neck C1(atlas) and C2(axis). The Upper Cervical region is the least protected area of our entire spine. While the rest of the spine has big muscles and discs protecting it, the upper cervical area is a very unstable joint and yet has to support the full weight of our head which can way anywhere from 10-15 lbs.
The reason the Upper Cervical Area is so important is that the brainstem is located there. The brainstem controls things such as breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, balance and coordination, and even the lower back muscles. When we eat food, do we tell our body to digest it? No, it happens automatically. The brain communicates to the nerves in our stomach to begin digestion and this is only possibly because of our brainstem which acts as the operating signal between our brain to the rest of our body.
At our office, we utilize state of the art infrared thermography to brain stem function. The way it works is that one of the functions that the brainstem controls is skin temperature. The infrared device is able to pick up specific heat that is emitted from the vessels in our body. Any deviation in skin temperature great than .5 degrees is an indication of brainstem pressure causing abnormal neurological function.
To learn more about what we do at Precision Chiropractic, please visit us at precisionnewyorkcity.com and if you would like to schedule a complementary consultation please call us at 347-674-3386.