Please be aware that the content on these pages is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of a visit, consultation or the advice of any medical, allied health or other professional. It is the best I have been able to do to assemble information on the topic of upper cervical subluxations/malalignments- but it is far from complete. Any diagnosis and/or treatment requires hands on review by a qualified professional.
For many years now the subject of vertebral subluxations and the possible health effects associated with them has been the source of serious dispute between chiropractors and the practitioners of Western allopathic medicine.
As a general practitioner trained within the system of Western Medicine I personally have previously adhered firmly to the belief of my profession that this condition does not exist, cannot be clinically demonstrated, and could not possibly have all the health effects it is claimed to have.
My attitude to this question was changed dramatically in December 2009 when I finally encountered conclusive evidence that I personally had the condition and was suffering a range of serious health effects as a result of it. On 31 Dec 2009 I was given a single treatment with a relatively new, non manipulative technique called Atlas Profilax.
This treatment has produced a dramatic range of improvements in my health, which continued to progress and deepen as I became fitter and corrected my previous stooped posture and the crooked spine secondary to the missed diagnosis of atlas subluxation. I note, however, that during a period of extreme stress I started suffering a recurrence of many of the symptoms of spinal damage that were secondary to the missed diagnosis of atlas subluxation.
It is also worth noting that it has been demonstrated to me that the original injury left me with significant disruptions to my brainstem based balance and postural control mechanisms. I am indebted to my chiropractor (a specialist in the new field of functional neurology) for his ongoing efforts, which are producing lasting improvements in my overall and postural health.
Again I note that the skeptics in my profession are quick to attack this are as “unproven science”. My personal attitude is that a good practitioner in this area can make a convincing case to his patient of reasons to expect benefit, and should be able to produce progressive improvements that are clear enough to allow an intelligent patient to see the improvement and make his own decisions. [I am not in favor of medical paternalism].
What I intend to do on this blog is firstly to give a full account of the improvements I experienced, and then to expand to a broader discussion of the condition, how to recognise it, what its likely complications are and the likely anatomical mechanisms for each of the likely complications. I will also provide links to the various other websites available that discuss the condition and provide supporting evidence.
The second aim of this blog is to contribute to the wider discussion of Mind Body Medicine, as it is clear that two of the major impacts of atlas subluxation are on the sympathetic/parasympathetic balance of the autonomic nervous system, and on on the afferent proprioceptive, nociceptive and mechanoreceptive inputs to the brain. These, and the visceral sensations generated by autonomic nervous system activity are interocepted to allow the brain to generate a hypothesis of the current emotional state of the organism, and provide the basis for our intuitive awareness of the safety (or not) of our current environment. In this context, it is clear that an atlas subluxation can have profound effects on our assessment of the safety of our environment, and secondarily upon the intent of our fellow human beings.
As I mentioned, this condition is controversial. My profession is also extremely conservative and has been hostile to practitioners who have treated this condition over the years. I have personally been deeply disappointed at the resistance I encounter whenever I attempt to discuss the condition with other medical practitioners. I believe that in this case at least our traditional professional conservatism has gone too far.
Given these difficulties I do not intend to provide any direct link to my personal details until I am clear that all possible legal issues are fully reviewed.
It remains my hope though, that we will see greater cooperation and less competition between the various groups of health practitioners with a recognition of our mutual interest in positive outcomes for our patients.
However, in time a third element of this blog will be a dissection of the processes of academic authoritarianism and corporatism that are funneling control of information into the hands of fewer and fewer individuals.
Please be aware that the content on these pages is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of a visit, consultation or the advice of any medical, allied health or other professional.