Severe upper cervical misalignments can directly inhibit communication pathways between the brainstem and cerebrum. Often (but not always) due to a traumatic birth or head injury, this abrupt neurological disturbance can over-excite cortical neurons and provoke the onset of a seizure, either immediately or long after the injury took place.
The presentation and triggers associated with migraines vary widely among sufferers; however, advanced imaging techniques have allowed researchers to identify a causal association between migraine headaches and brainstem dysfunction, resulting in vascular swelling around the brain.
Proper jaw movement relies on the muscular coordination of our two temporomandibular joints, which are neurologically supplied by the 5th cranial nerve (originating in the brainstem). Improper nerve supply to these muscles, coupled with the sheer proximity of a misaligned atlas vertebra to the TMJ, can make for dysfunction and intolerable pain at the site.
The brainstem controls nearly all vital functions of the body, including organ health, immunity, circulation, and musculoskeletal coordination. Trauma to the upper cervical spine has an immediate impact on the brainstem, often leading to full-body pain responses like Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
This common yet costly health problem plagues millions; its complexity is partly due to the role of the brainstem in respiratory function and immune response, both of which are required for involuntary oxygen exchange during exercise.
Structure and function are inherently related in the human body. As such, a common cause of nerve irritation is spinal misalignment. Precise correction of the upper cervical vertebrae can influence the entire spinal column, alleviating pressure at the nerve root.