Upper Cervical Therapy
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Physiological Effects of Upper Cervical Therapy

Left before therapy, right after therapy. The red piece symbolises the carotis, the blue one the jugular vene. Evidently, the atlas process which presses forward before therapy, takes it place further behind and exerts much less pressure on the parapharyngeal space after therapy. Consequently, the supply through the named main vessels is optimized; the nerves runnig along there (e.g., Nn. vagus et glossophayngeus) are decompressed.

The relocation of the hind digastricus belly is a measure comprising no risk at all and by means of which the lefthand blood circulation and innervation is improved permanently, because the relocated left hind digastricus belly acts from the onset as a brake against the forward pushing atlas.

In addition, the atlas loop mechanism is stabilized and could no longer be influenced myogenically. The  supply of the elder brain areas (brain stem, cerebellum) is assured better without the digastricus pressure. The secured vertebral artery blood flow is significant for the symptomatology of  migraine.

Regarding the strongly increased blood circulation on the left side, a patient said immediately after therapy:  "It felt as though something was going up here on the side, like a stream, yes, as though my head was being lifted up on the side. Fresh wind!" (see film documentation)

The hyoid bone (see picture above) is a semi-circular bone to which the throat is, as it were, attached. That bone is being moved each time swallowing ensues in order to close the windpipe by means of the supra-hyoidal muscles (see picture below). The digastric muscle is especially involved in the swallowing process.

The upper cervical asymmetry also means that the infra- and suprahyoidal muscles, which control the swallowing function, are positionned further down on the left than on the right. The digastric muscle is specifically charged with the raising of the hyoid bone and the entire esophagus. Through this movement the Processus transversus atlantis located in front of the hind diagstricus belly is constantly pushed up towards the Fossa infratemporalis. The compression of the content of the temporal fossa can lead to trigeminal neuralgia.

In addition, the upper cervical asymmetry means that the mouth is opened asymmetrically. The masticatory muscles cannot provide a symmetrical opening of the mouth, because the left atlas process displaces the jaw and thus interferes with the function of the lateral pterygoid muscle. The asymmetrically moved jaw can sometimes lead to jaw pain (TMJ) when sensitive nerves are under pressure.

Concerning the changed position of the left-sided supra-hyoidal and jaw muscles, a patient announced the following: "How do I feel? Different, straighter and more relaxed, even here in the region (strokes along on both sides of the jaw), feels as if this side had dropped (shows intensely at the left jaw joint), here, the jaw  feels actually dropped down,  ...otherwise it feels very strange, I can not otherwise describe what really happened, feels not bad, feels good ..."  (see film documentation)

Model of the vertebral column: Left before therapy, right after therapy. The shifting of the digstricus muscle causes an abolishment of the stiffness and wroughtness so that a straightening and relaxation takes place.

In addition, the spinal system and the muscles are functionally symmetrized. From the onset of therapy, a steady symmetry impulse goes down the spine and leads to a straightening of the spine in the framework of its morphological possibilities. 

Similar to a crane (the column of stacked vertebrae), which had not only one, but two cables on the left and the right sides (muscle groups along the spine), and if an even very small difference in tension between the left and right cables persisted, this would lead to a collapse of the supporting column (bending and twisting of the spine). The designer would hurry to set the cable forces symmetrically. 

Regarding the spine-unwringing effect of upper cervical therapy, a patient (* 1957) wrote immediately after therapy: "I feel light as a feather, the pains are gone and relaxed. During the treatment I noticed the straightening and stretching." - Three weeks later, she proclaimed: "Most importantly, I am simply straight! My partner always tried to set me straight, because I always had such a little hump there, the curve in the back, like a school child in class, but that didn't last long and again I sagged. An now: I cannot sit any more slouched! That doesn't function any more! I am straight by myself. One is straight as with a stick in the back, but without stick. Suddenly, there is a natural, upright position. This was like a little wonder. I couldn't understand it."

View on the back of a fourteen-year old adolescent: Before therapy, the Cock-Robin-Position is clearly visible, after therapy it has disappeared. The left shoulder will reconstruct itself, the right will lessen its tonus. The adaptation will last from six months to a year.

This perceptional and experiential commentary clearly demonstrates that, in this patient, a de-scoliosation process and stretching of the spine as well as a relaxation of its muscles had occurred. Such a strong and lasting euphoria about the new state does not always occur to that extent and isn't always so consciously perceived, but is always at least subliminally present and evocable. For example, a young man who had no significant indications to perform the therapy, said with enthusiasm: "My tension has eased considerably in the back, you feel it the whole back down, it is an absolutely great feeling, you just have to do it  yourself and experience it, so that's almost as if you were born again." (See film documentary)

After therapy, one could regularly palpate that the upper shoulder girdle and the upper cervical muscles soften and harmonize. Before therapy, there are tender points (eg insertions of the  Musculus levator scapulae and Musculus semispinalis capitis), and, after therapy, the tenderness has lessened.

In general, a subliminally or even very noticeable perceivable tilting and twisting of the head (Cock-Robin Position) is removed (see picture). This leads to an increased mobility and ease of the head (see study).

Lateral radiographs of a boy before and after upper cervical therapy: The bent head posture caused by upper cervical asymmetry gives way to a straight posture of the head.

In children, viewed from the side, one could quite often perceive that the forward bent head gives way to a vertical posture of the head, the kyphotic posture of the cervical spine decreases and is replaced by a lordosis of the same (see picture).

The upper cervical therapy is a therapeutic agent, by means of which

  • chronic and sometimes painful forward head posture,
  • twisting of the head-body relationship,
  • twisting and stiffening of the spine,
  • pelvis desequilibration and leg length differences,
  • perfusion disorders (carotide and vertebral arteries),
  • temporomandibular joint disorders and asymmetrical jaw load,
  • compression phenomena in the sub-temples, and
  • lymphatic congestion at the cranio-cervical transition

are likely to be permanently canceled. Therefore, one should not be surprised, if the list of indications was long. 

Upper cervical therapy as a basic treatment alleviates ongoing disease developments non-specifically and opens the way for further therapeutic procedures aimed at the remaining symptoms.