The nervous system is the master control system of the body. It controls your heart beat, your legs walking, your cells multiplying as well as your mood. When our nervous system is out-of-whack, we can often feel it with physical symptoms such as neck or low back pain. But did you know a malfunctioning nervous system can also lead to lingering anxiety?
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. It’s estimated that about 60 million U.S. citizens suffer from an anxiety disorder. That’s equivalent to the population of California AND Florida combined! So how does a malfunctioning nervous system cause unresolved anxiety> Typically, it’s due to a misaligned atlas (C1) bone within the spine. The atlas (C1) bone is the vertebrae found right below the base of the skull. This bone has close relationship to the brain and brainstem, so when misaligned it can affect their function. Here’s 3 potential ways an atlas misalignment can create anxiety:
- It prevents proper blood drainage from the brain. When this happens, it’s often linked to depression, anxiety and Parkinson’s disease and even Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.).
- It affects Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) flow. This is the fluid that helps clean and feed the brain and the spinal cord. When the brain and spinal cord aren’t being properly maintained, they don’t function properly.
- It creates brainstem tension. The brainstem is the circuit breaker of the body. The brainstem controls everything from muscle tone, to your heart and even your immune system. It also controls your alertness. So when your body perceives a threat, like brainstem tension, it can create anxiety.
By detecting and correcting an atlas (C1) misalignment, we can allow the brain and brainstem to function optimally, thus resolving the underlying anxiety.
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