Chiropractic care has been shown by research to be the most effective treatment for chronic and acute low back pain. At Lake Meridian Chiropractic, we specialize in very specifically and gently aligning the atlas (that’s the bone at the top of your spine, just under your head) first; then the rest of the spine second.
How can adjusting a tiny 8-ounce bone at the top of your neck possibly help with the low back pain you’ve been having? When your atlas misaligns it throws your entire body off balance.
Here’s how: the bone shifts to the right or the left, causing your head to tilt (since your head is held up by the atlas). Instantaneously, and without you thinking about it, your body compensates to right your head, so that your eyes stay parallel to the horizon and your head is over your center of gravity. It looks like this:
As you can see, that tiny little bone at the top of your neck has far reaching effects; when it is out of place, the rest of the spine kinks and twists to maintain a more normal head position.
This can translate into low back pain, since the back curves to compensate for the misalignment in the neck, and more pressure is often placed on one side of the body than the other. This compensatory posture can be serious, and sometimes increase the likelihood of a disc bulge. In fact, when a disc in the low back is bulging, the best option to help eliminate the pressure in that area of the spine is to correct an atlas misalignment, to allow the entire spine to untwist, unwind, and come back into a balanced position.
If you are suffering from back pain schedule an appointment today for an evaluation of your atlas and its impact on your pain.