If you are reading this there is an extremely high chance that you have suffered an injury or you have been living with constant pain. We all know how debilitating and often depressing it is when chronic pain starts to take over our lives. One in five Australians live with constant chronic pain, it is the most common reason people seek medical help, yet it is one of the most neglected and misunderstood areas of healthcare.
If you answer yes to any of the below questions you may have lost the correct alignment of your upper cervical spine.
By the age of three the typical child would have experienced at least three major falls, by age seven it has been estimated most children have experienced hundreds of falls. Misalignments of the Atlas vertebrae when left uncorrected will continue into adult life. When you combine this with trauma often experienced in adult years such as car accidents, slips and falls, blows to the head and sporting injuries then it is clear to see how the spine and atlas can become misaligned. Even repetitive micro trauma such as poor posture especially whilst sitting at a computer, bad sleeping habits, and incorrect lifting and carrying will also cause misalignment.
Once the atlas has moved out of its correct orthogonal position your body will attempt to compensate to maintain your centre of gravity. This is achieved by keeping your head directly over the centre of your feet. However, to maintain the level position of your head the rest of the spine adapts and is thrown out of alignment, causing a curvature or what is commonly called a “scoliosis”. Certain muscles contract causing muscle spasms, muscular pains and causing a twisting of the pelvis resulting in one leg becoming shorter.
Atlas misalignments of the neck set up a chain-reaction process where the spine twists and curves creating tight muscles and a scoliosis to develop.
Once the atlas and spine have lost its correct alignment a number of symptoms can begin to appear;
Upper Cervical is a specialised form of healthcare which is very unique in comparison to general chiropractic. It is still relatively new to Australia. Dr Clegg is 1 of only 12 chiropractors in the country trained and proficient in the Atlas Orthogonal protocol for structural correction and the only one located in the Sydney metropolitan area.
What does that mean for you as the patient?
By getting to the root cause of your health complaint many chronic health problems start to disappear. Conditions such as neck and back pain, stiffness, tension, fatigue, headaches and migraines can be helped tremendously by correcting the atlas together with addressing nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, gut dysbiosis and toxicity. We don’t just stop at correcting your atlas, we will uncover other root causes of your health complaints.
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