Even with daily brushing and flossing you’ll likely see your dentist on a regular basis. Your teeth and gums will feel fine. Absolutely no pain. Yet no one says, “Once you go to a dentist, you have to go for the rest of your life.”
Similarly, there are those who opt to see a chiropractor on a regular basis. Even when they’re feeling great. They want to stay that way. They know their spine and nervous system is constantly being stressed.
Consider the emotional stress of our fast-paced lives. The chemical stress of fast-food diets. The physical stress of sitting all day. Not to mention the relentless effect of gravity!
Preventative chiropractic care is an option. As is regular brushing and flossing. Bathing. Getting enough restful sleep. Staying hydrated.
Like your car, regular maintenance extends life.
Introducing the Atlas and Axis
To you, an atlas is probably a map. And the earth rotates on its axis. But to chiropractors, the atlas and axis are the two uppermost bones of your cervical spine.
They’re so important, they have an extra name other than C1 and C2. The atlas (C1) is the top cervical vertebra on which your skull rests. Below it is the axis (C2).
Special ligaments link these two vertebrae, permitting 80 to 90 degrees of rotation.
These two bones, working in tandem, are what you use to look both ways before crossing the street. Or over your shoulder when changing lanes.
Because your upper cervical spine is so flexible, it’s susceptible to injury. These two vertebrae are often involved in whiplash cases. Nerve messages, to every organ and tissue below your head pass through this vital area.
~ Cousineau Chiropractic