Getting It Straight: A Small Head Adjustment Can Change Lives

by Andrew Persky

The journal Neurology Research International published a fascinating paper in 2015 linking numerous neurological conditions—including seizures, migraines, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, MS and ALS—to the joint connecting the head to the top of the neck, referred to as the craniocervical junction (CCJ).

What is the CCJ, and how can it be the underlying cause of so many different brain problems?

The CCJ is comprised of the base of the skull, the first two bones in the neck (C1 and C2) and all of the anatomy passing through that space. Anything going into or out of the head and brain must pass through the CCJ.

According to The Merck Manual, one of the most widely used medical resources for physicians, an abnormality or misalignment of the CCJ can be the underlying cause of:

  • Sensory issues and muscle weakness in any part of the body
  • Problems with eye movement, hearing, speech, balance and muscle coordination
  • Fainting, vertigo, brain fog, weakness and visual disturbance
  • Neck pain, often accompanied by headaches

And that’s just a partial list. Continue reading