Neurodegenerative Disorders and Chiropractic Care

I recently attended a seminar focusing on neurodegenerative disorders in relation to brain trauma and de-generation. These disorders, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's and Dementia, have comparable qualities that contribute to each of the disorders’ formation and corresponding decline of bodily functions. 

A study looking at the anatomical alignment of the Foramen Magnum (hole in the bottom of your skull), brain, brainstem, and the first two vertebrae in the neck that protect those structures, reveals important insight into the alignment and flow of spinal fluid to the brain. When structures deviate from their normal position, they create compensatory movement and abnormal pressures. Pressures on the spine create secondary conditions such as these neurodegenerative disorders. By bringing structures back to a normal position, and range of motion, it allows for the individual pieces to contribute to overall normal functions in the body, and spinal fluid flow in and out of the brain. 

"The role of the Cranio-cervical junction in cranio-spinal hydrodynamics and neurodegenerative conditions" by Michael F. Flanagan published in the neurology research international November 30, 2015; [epub].

"A new model of the atlas subluxation is emerging: a misalignment between the atlas and occiput could compromise the venous drainage of the brain (spinal vein, internal jugular vein), compromise the flow of cerebral spinal fluid, and/or compromise the arterial supply (anterior and posterior spinal arteries, and vertebral arteries) to the brain."

Basically, this graphic shows a sketch of how connected the brainstem, brain, spinal cord, and blood circulatory system are in relationship with the structures that house and protect them, such as the upper spine and skull. 

At Platinum Chiropractic we take a very specific look into this area with our specific objective measures and diagnostics such as X-ray, thermography, surface electromyography, and functional examination, which guide our doctors in providing the most specific care for each individual.