connects to the second bone to form the triumvirate serving as the body’s defacto foundation; the human body is built from the top-down structurally, not the ground- up. Uniquely, the top bone in the neck lacks the interlocking features that prevent it from moving too much, making it more mobile, but less stable, a fact amplifi ed in the early years of life before development is completed. Trauma of all types tends to infl uence, in addition to the point(s) of impact, the end of the path of least resis- tance; in the body, the point of least resis- tance is the top of the spine, held in place predominantly by muscles. When trauma occurs, the top bone in the neck regularly gets knocked out of its proper alignment.

Losing proper alignment of the head and neck frequently causes the brainstem to be compromised, akin to interfering with a cell tower in a phone network; it also immediately causes the head to tilt, throw- ing the eyes off level and the inner ear fl uid out of balance. 75% of the time, this situation occurs in the fi rst several years of life. Before age 20, the percentage jumps to 85%, and by age 40, to 95%. Head/neck misalignment is one of the most common

ailments in the world. The human body is innately wired to adapt, so it compensates for the tilt of the head, but borrowing from the earlier used game of percentages / school grading scale analogy, its ability to sustain the resiliency necessary to be even keeled with something so fundamental in an abnormal state is slowly weakened over time.

The restoration of optimal head/neck align- ment is an essential component to revers- ing the downward trend, allowing the body to readapt and return to normal balance. Otherwise, the development of various balance disorders, or some other of the myriad diagnoses related to head/ neck misalignment, is highly likely.

Fortunately, there is a simple solution. The upper neck is very dynamic, so it often does not take much for it to be infl uenced negatively, but problems with it can be rather easily corrected by an Upper Cervi- cal Chiropractor. A head/neck misalign- ment is unique to all other misalignment types and thus must be handled with a great deal of precision – no cracking, pop- ping, or manipulation. X-rays are taken to

identify the exact nature of the misalign- ment, down to the nearest millimeter and degree. The correction based on the x-ray fi ndings requires minimal force; it just has to be very specifi c so that once head/neck alignment is restored, the body can main- tain it like a good habit replacing a destruc- tive one.

Other causes of balance disorders do exist, of course – due to their intended infl uence on the nervous system, pharmaceuticals quite frequently list various forms of diz- ziness / imbalance among their common side effects – but none are more prevalent than head/neck misalignment. The goal for anyone suffering from vertigo or Meniere’s is ideally to engage the body to optimally adapt and heal, which makes the brain- stem functioning normally and the head/ neck being balanced foundational to re- turning to a healthier state.

Written by Chad McIntyre, DC of Triad Upper Cervical Clinic, 432A W. Mountain Street, Kernersville. For more info, visit or call 336- 992-2536 for an appointment. See ad on page 10.


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