How Spines Become Misaligned

 
 
 Lower neck and spine on vertical axis - Straight Spine Chiropractic, Courtenay and Campbell River
 
 Photo by sodapix sodapix/F1online / Getty Images - How Spines Become Misaligned, Straight Spine Chiropractic, Courtenay and Campbell River

The base of the skull and the top two vertebrae comprise the upper cervical spine.  The topmost vertebra is called the Atlas.  It is extremely important because the head sits on it.  This area of the spine is mobile, unstable and susceptible to misalignment. 

 

 

Falls or accidents, particularly during childhood, can create a misalignment between the skull and the Atlas vertebra.  Once the skull becomes misaligned, the postural control centres will detect that the skull is no longer parallel to horizon.  This will initiate a reflex compensation.

 Skull misaligned on atlas vertebrae - Straight Spine Chriropractc, Courtenay and Campbell River

 Deviation of the spine - Dr. Cockwill and Dr. Franchesca Lee, chiropractors, Courtenay and Campbell River
 

Body-orienting reflexes will alter the tone of the supporting spinal musculature.  The body will shift under the skull until the skull is once again realigned to the horizon.  It is this compensation, the deviation of the spine from the vertical, that sets the stage for future spinal dysfunction and impairment.