Why Upper Cervical Chiropractic?

Dr. Sheffield Jun 18, 2012 No Comments

“Better than 90% of the brain’s output is directed towards maintaining your body in its gravitational field.  Therefore, the less energy one spends on one’s posture, the more energy is available for healing, digestion and thinking.”  -Roger Sperry, 1981 Nobel Prize winner for brain research

The very first vertebra in your spine, the Atlas or C1 vertebra, is perhaps the most important bone in your body.  This two-ounce bone is tasked with balancing the weight of your head, allowing it to rotate freely, and protecting your brain stem and upper spinal cord.  It pivots around the Axis vertebra and is connected by ligaments and tendons, but no disc.  With no disc the Atlas can rotate freely, however, without a disc it is also unstable.

A vertebral subluxation of the Atlas often won’t be felt at the Atlas itself, however, it can manifest as numerous health complaints such as high blood pressure, headaches, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, poor posture and others.  Since virtually every nerve in your body runs through your atlas, keeping it aligned is critical to your health and wellbeing.   As an upper-cervical specialist and a full-spine chiropractor, Dr. Sheffield takes an ‘Atlas first’ approach to chiropractic care, and many of her patients report experiencing lasting results for the first time.


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