Thursday, March 31, 2011

The almighty Atlas

Many mechanical health problems (moving parts) can be helped by chiropractic adjustments to the spine. The first vertebra in the spine (top of the spine), the Atlas Vertebra, affects many other parts of the body when it is not in its proper place. The Atlas is the foundation of your head and the center of balance of your body. It weighs only 2 ounces, yet it supports your head, which is the weight of a bowling ball! The Atlas surrounds and protects the upper spinal cord and brain stem region. It sits at the opening of your skull where your brain ends and your body begins.

Your BRAIN runs your body. It’s your “power generator”… your “master computer.” Your brain sends electrical and chemical messages back and forth to your entire body…through the top of your neck… at the speed of light… through the spinal cord and the trillions of nerves which branch off of it.

Your brain tells your body what to do through the nerves. These brain messages pass through the brain stem, located at the base of the skull, where the neck connects. The brain stem is where the brain ends and the spinal cord begins. It’s like main “circuit breaker” to your body.

Every organ and tissue of your body get’s their “instructions” or signals from your brain through the NERVE connections of the spinal cord and the spinal nerves.

Here are a few things affected by an Atlas that is misaligned:

· Blood pressure

· Headaches, migraines

· muscle pain or weakness

· depression

· fatigue

· dizziness

· ringing in the ear

· allergies

· seizures

· respiratory complications

· digestive disturbances

· hormone imbalances

· limited ability for the body to heal from trauma

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