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Atlas Displacement Complex
So you’ve never heard of the term Atlas Displacement Complex? A short definition would be an obstruction in the uppermost area of the spine where the brainstem ends and the spinal cord begins. To truly understand why dysfunction in this critical part of the body can be so devastating, we need to take a deeper look into how the body, or more specifically the nervous system, actually works.
The Nervous System
If we were to compare the human body to a house or a car, the nervous system would essentially serve as the electrical wiring of those structures. Most every function in a home or car is dependent upon a power supply and properly functioning electrical framework. In the human body, the main power supply and framework is the nervous system.
Information is sent from the brain to the body and from the body back to the brain at each and every moment, allowing your body to function and adapt to your surroundings. There are approximately 37.2 trillion cells in the human body. They are all precisely controlled and regulated at all times by the nervous system. Nerve impulses travel through the body at approximately 260 mph. Considering the immense complexity of this system, it’s understandable how even a small obstruction in the framework could have devastating effects on the body.
The nervous system can be further divided into the central nervous system, made up of the brain and spinal cord and peripheral nervous system, which is comprised of the individual nerves traveling to specific locations. Again, if we use the example of a house, the central nervous system would be the main energy source and the peripheral nervous system would act as the wiring going to specific outlets, appliances, lights, etc.
What Happens with ADC?
You’ve probably heard about a condition like a pinched nerve, where a person may experience pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the areas of the body that a specific nerve affects. Imagine what would happen if there was pinching or an obstruction at the actual source; the area where the brain meets the spinal cord. This is what the research is showing us to be the case with Atlas Displacement Complex.
The uppermost region of the spine, also known as the upper cervical spine houses and protects this delicate region of the nervous system. When there is a structural shift in this area away from what we consider normal alignment, we see twisting and pinching of the spinal cord. As a result of this structural shift at the very foundation of your nervous system, we often see a wide variety of secondary conditions such as migraines, vertigo, neck pain, muscle spasm, shoulder pain, poor posture and low back pain.
What we commonly see is that many physicians, therapists and even traditional chiropractors often focus on the temporary relief of those secondary conditions. As a Neuro-Structural Chiropractor, my focus is on correcting the structural shift in the top part of the spine to restore proper function to the body.
Does this mean Neuro-Structrual care can help everyone with any problem? Of course not. The fact is, not everyone is a candidate for Neuro-structural correction. It is my job as a doctor to properly screen patients that will benefit from care.
What are your options?
In our office, we offer complimentary consultations. This gives me a chance to meet with you personally and determine if our office is the right fit for you. I don’t believe in charging someone for care unless I’m confident I can help.
Consultations usually last 15-20 minutes depending on how many questions you may have or the complexity of your medical history. If it seems like a good fit, we do a complete Neuro-Structural examination. Upon reviewing the findings from the exam, I develop a plan of care specific to getting you back where you need to be. If I don’t think I can help, I refer out to my network of specialists or direct you to the doctor you need.
If you’d ever like more information or to set up a time to chat, feel free to call us or e-mail me directly. We have both in-person and distance consults for patients not in the same state.