Years ago I had found a quote from Roger Sperry, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine/Physiology in 1981. This quote captures so much of the reason why the upper cervical adjustment can really change lives. I could never find the reference for it (where he actually said it) and I didn’t want to attribute such a great quote to him if I couldn’t figure out where he said it. I had even contacted the library where his collected works are kept and they talked to his wife who helped him in his work but no one could find the quote. Sadly, I finally let it go and didn’t make it the centerpiece of the text I was editing for NUCCA, which is what I had wanted to do. A week ago, Carolyn Hall, the massage therapist I have worked with for many years, handed me an article in Massage Today and in my first glance at it, I found the quote again like I have so many times over the years. This time however, the reference was included! I am a big enough nerd that this constituted an actual ˜Eureka moment and I probably did a little jig. I know it brought a silly grin to my face. In the next couple of weeks I was able to hunt down the journals involved and lo and behold, there was no mention of this quote! Apparently the author had been sloppy with his references. So I continue on my ten year quest for this reference.
Anyway, the quote speaks to the primary nature of upper cervical chiropractic in transforming our relationship to gravity. I have decided that whether I can find that quote or not, it doesn’t change the truth of the lines. Sperry noted that 90% of the brains energy is used in relating the physical body to gravity. Only 10% has to do with thinking, metabolism, and healing. -Did you have any idea it was such a big percentage?
This means that when we are out of adjustment and our posture has become disordered, we are using valuable energy to just hold ourselves upright that ideally goes into thinking, metabolism and immune function.
How many of us feel fuzzy headed, or brain fog when we are out of adjustment?
Does your digestion change?
How about sleep patterns?
Most of us already know about the multitude of aches and pains associated with being out of upper cervical adjustment. What you may not realize though, are the real problems that will eventually accumulate when we must chronically use our precious energy to adapt to being out of adjustment. Upper cervical misalignment is a progressive and degenerative disorder.
Fortunately, many of you know also realize the incredible change that can take place when the upper cervical misalignment is corrected. So many folks who come in for care have told me over the years about the incredible turn around that occurred when they got adjusted and made the commitment to stay in adjustment. There are many who tell me they would not be walking if not for upper cervical chiropractic.
I find that orthogonally based upper cervical chiropractic (you know it as NUCCA!)
is truly primary healthcare. What I mean by this is that removing nervous system interference at the upper cervical area (top of the neck) is a critical step in the improvement of health. Many of my patients have been able to wean themselves off not just pain medications, but many other meds that they’d had to take on a long term basis because of the troubling symptoms that develop with long term upper cervical misalignment. They just didn’t have the debilitating problems anymore. They could begin to refocus back on their life. And, the money they were spending on these suppressive drugs could be better spent in other areas of their life!
Some folks use the upper cervical adjustment like they do the emergency room. They only come in when they are in terrible trouble and want a quick and miraculous ˜fix. The adjustment can often give them this ˜fix but the effects of living out of adjustment for weeks and months takes it toll. The upper cervical misalignment (Subluxation) is a progressively degenerative problem. Once you are out of adjustment, problems will slowly or not so slowly, begin to pile up. Arthritis is one part of the many attempts by your body to adapt to being twisted and unlevel. Poor posture wears down the joints and creates inflammation.
The upper cervical adjustment is our Health’s best friend. Getting checked periodically through out the year is a wonderful and cost effective way to stay healthy and avoid the problems that come from pain and irritation when your body is out of alignment.