Here in Northern New Jersey, if you want to go to the Manhattan, The Big Apple, you take a drive over the George Washington Bridge (GWB). Most highways in the Eastern part of our nation travel through New Jersey with many passing through the GWB to connect to the metropolitan center of New York City.
What does this have to do with your body? Well, all the nerves in your body travel up your spine to form the brain stem that passes through the top two spinal bones in your neck, the Atlas (C1) and the Axis (C2). Named the Atlas because it holds your head up like the mythical Titan held the world, and the Axis because its the axle upon which the Atlas swivels. The final destination is Your Big Apple, your brain!
As your nerves pass through the brain stem, they relay billions of messages from your body to your brain and from your brain to your body. Just like the 100 million cars that cross the GWB each year. Talk about the possibilities for a traffic jam! You can’t afford one here. And all of us in North Jersey know what it’s like when a tractor trailer jackknifes on the GWB; major congestion and slow travel.
Well it’s the same thing when your upper neck (C1 & C2) loses proper alignment and gets stuck (SUBLUXATION, that’s what we chiropractors call it.) Vital communications between your brain and your body are interfered with, resulting in disruption of your brain/body functions. It may be slight at first, barely felt. but just as a single lane closed on the bridge can multiply the traffic jam on all roads leading to it. Likewise, an Atlas/Axis subluxation can disrupt many nerve pathways and ultimately affect your health.
Not only does Atlas/Axis subluxation interfere with nerve impulse traffic, it also restricts the normal flow of cerebral spinal fluid, the nurturing liquid that feeds all the cells of your brain and spinal cord. Imagine a twisted garden hose and you get the idea how fluid flow can be compromised.
Chiropractors have a variety of methods to fix this problem, and we’re the only ones who really know how to do it with finesse, style and results! Some techniques are very gentle, like the slight finger pressure we use on infants and older folk. Some other methods use instruments or classic spinal adjustments that can rock your world and create an instantaneous change in your brain, perceptions and coordination. See my post on how adjustments can improve brain function by 20%.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to periodically have their upper neck checked for subluxation and corrected with an adjustment if needed. Yes I mean everyone. If you are alive and have a spine, you qualify. This is as critical to your health as your blood pressure, sugar levels, heart rate, breathing cycle, etc…
If chiropractic is new to you, don’t be fearful of trying something new. I’ve been performing upper neck adjustments for over 30 years and our first goal is to help you feel safe and relaxed during you adjustments. And the funny thing is that an Atlas/Axis adjustment is one of the greatest experiences you can ever have. You’re going to want to go AAAAAAHHHHH!
Call me at 201-836-9558 to have you GWB checked!