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
Neck pain ranges from minor irritation to debilitating, life-altering intensities. It can originate from various anatomical components, including sore muscles, torn ligaments, degenerative joints and disc herniation. Severe cases may require long-term use of pain medication or invasive procedures such as nerve blocks or spinal fusion.
A recent article published by Harvard Medical School offers simple guidelines that help avoid future neck problems and, in some cases, reduce, relieve or alleviate neck pain. Continue reading
Andrew Persky, DC, founder of LifeAligned Upper Cervical Chiropractic, in Warrington, is raising awareness about concussions, headaches and innovative treatment through Head Health, an outreach program that offers educational sessions to local schools, sports organizations and community groups.
“Concussions and chronic headaches are two of the most common debilitating health issues affecting our precious heads,” Persky explains, “and yet they are also two of the most misunderstood.” Head Health is a dynamic, 30 to 45-minute interactive presentation, offered free to groups of 10 or more, designed to help audiences gain a deeper understanding of these conditions and their treatment options. With a goal of bringing clarity and offering hope to those in pain, Persky combines real-world patient stories with the latest research on these topics. Continue reading