Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians over the age of 65!
It is estimated that 1.2 million Australians are involved in the care of a loved one who is suffering with dementia.
But just what exactly is dementia and how can you avoid developing this crippling disease?
Dementia is a broad term that describes a collection of symptoms that are caused by disorders affecting the brain. It is in fact not one specific disease. What is important to acknowledge is the fact that it is NOT a normal part of aging!The recent movie Concussion featuring Will Smith shined a light on the effects of head injuries in contact sports such as football. In Australia we are brought up playing contact sports like Rugby League, Rugby Union and Australian Rules Football. Concussions are all too commonplace is such contact sports. The technical term Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) has been linked to the onset of dementia.Many American footballers have suffered with severe headaches, memory loss, dementia and some have even ended their own lives due to the devastating impact that repeated head injuries have had on their life.Many of these symptoms can be linked to a build up of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) causing damage to the delicate structures of the brain.
A common cause of Brain degeneration
Just as you require food to live, your brain requires nutrition to stay healthy too. The brain for it to stay functioning requires optimal blood flow and Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF). A build up of CSF will cause an increase in the size of the ventricles within the brain. This enlargement of the ventricles has been associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, Huntington’ disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.
Sydney CBD Chiropractor Dr Adrian Clegg explains how Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Atlas Orthogonal Technique can help reverse these brain disorders.
Researchers have recently attributed one of the main causes of this build-up of CSF within the ventricles of the brain to a disruption of CSF flow between the cranial and spinal compartments.What this means in simple language is the upper part of the neck is blocking the CSF and even the blood flow to the brain.Degeneration (arthritis) in the spine and misalignments of the upper cervical vertebrae (atlas bone) has been shown to block this flow of CSF, creating the dangerous situation where it starts to enlarge the ventricles of the brain leading to brain damage.When you have misalignments in the upper neck your body’s ability to move blood and CSF around your brain stem and into other parts of your brain becomes greatly diminished.
What causes these misalignments?
Trauma such as concussions, car accidents, sporting injuries, slips and falls, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, and even prolonged bad posture will cause misalignments of the upper neck and cam even lead to the development of arthritis which can block the normal blood and CSF flow.
How can this problem be corrected?
Sydney CBD Chiropractor Dr Clegg an Upper Cervical Chiropractor specializing in neck related problems can assess your neck using specific Atlas Orthogonal X-ray views to determine if you have arthritis or misalignments which maybe causing a blockage of the CSF and blood to your brain.In the US more advanced imaging procedures like an upright MRI are becoming more commonly used by Chiropractors and Medical professionals to assess the flow of CSF to the brain through the delicate structures of the neck.
The health of your neck has such wide spread implications, look after it with the love and care it deserves!