Upper neck misalignments can be present from as early as the day you are born. The birthing process can be traumatic for the infant and may result in a misalignment to the delicate upper neck area. Babies with colic, torticollis, or issues with feeding or elimination can often be helped by having their spines rebalanced.
As we grow from infants to adolescents to adults, our bodies take a beating. Whether it is simply from the birthing process, learning to walk, childhood playground accidents, or falling out of bed, any small accident can lead to a misalignment. If you’ve fallen from a bike, had a motor vehicle accident, slipped on an icy sidewalk, or had a sports injury, you may have sustained an injury to the upper neck which could lead to a host of other issues.
Structural changes to the body such as pregnancy, surgeries, and even fluctuations in your weight can affect your posture. Posture can also be affected by your activity level, muscle and ligament flexibility, diet, stress level and even sleeping position.
A subluxation is the misalignment of spinal bones (vertebrae) which may cause interference to the spinal nerves. This interference can cause pain, but often it is not painful at all and can go undetected or ignored for many months or years. Because all organs and tissues depend upon the nervous system to function properly, a subluxation left uncorrected may lead to serious health problems.
NUCCA Care for the Entire Family
Even if you’re not entering a beauty pageant or marrying into the Royal Family, proper posture is critical. Without it you’ll look and feel older than you need to. We all have many roles as adults: employee, boss, parent, caregiver... the list goes on! The importance of keeping yourself healthy and active is not only for you, but also for the people who depend on you. Are you caring for children or an aging parent? Is it a matter of not having the energy to meet deadlines at work?
It’s a fact: when we stand balanced, we feel better, look better, and live better! We have more energy, take less sick time, and generally enjoy life more!
Through adolescence into adulthood our bodies go through a tremendous amount of stress. Think of all falls, sports injuries, concussions, vehicle collisions, and pregnancies your body has been through. All this stress on the system can create wear and tear on your tissues and joints and negatively impact your posture and health. If you have a sore neck or back, suffer from migraines, or even have sore feet, chances are it’s related to your posture. The most vulnerable area of your neck is referred to as the craniocervical junction (CCJ) and is made of up the bottom of your skull and the top of your neck. This region has an intimate relationship with your postural control system. Accidents and injuries to the neck can leave behind an inherent weakness which can show up visually as a tilted head, a low shoulder or hip, a longer leg, or twisting in your body’s framework.
Poor posture leads to a host of health problems. It can mean an unbalanced body, and we all know how important balance is in all aspects of our lives. Health, family time, friends, work – it’s all connected. A balanced body with proper neck and spine alignment are critical to your well-being and your ability to enjoy life!
Infants and Children
Infants can't tell you where they hurt, and children often find it difficult to describe their discomfort. From the trauma of childbirth to the bumps and falls of childhood, kids need spinal checkups. An easily correctable spinal problem early in life can develop into a serious condition as an adult.
The spine houses the spinal nerves, and misalignments (subluxations) of the spine can create nerve interference that may affect the function of the tissues, muscles, bones, glands, and organs of the human body. Many children with ear infections, childhood asthma, colic, headaches, decreased immunity, bed-wetting, and hyperactivity have experienced dramatic improvements while under chiropractic care.
Most children enjoy and benefit from chiropractic care. Have your infants and children checked regularly by your chiropractor.
Taking care of yourself and maintaining your health are important. It's the difference between running along the beach with your grandchildren and using a walker struggling to take a step. Proper spine and body maintenance can keep active into advanced age so your golden years are something to celebrate!
What is it that truly makes a person look "old?" A stiff, bent, and stooped posture is often the answer. Regardless of your facial appearance, if you walk stooped over and stiffly, you simply look old regardless of your chronological age.
The spine provides for the upright posture that is linked to full body mobility and vitality. Chiropractic adjustments align the spine to help keep it mobile and free from problems in the joints and extremities.
A healthy routine including exercise, a good diet, and regular chiropractic care is important for preventing osteoporosis, heart disease, and arthritis. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of spinal adjusting techniques appropriate for older patients. In the later years of life, the importance of chiropractic care cannot be overemphasized. Talk to your chiropractor about the potential benefits of chiropractic care in your senior years.