You may be surprised to find out that spinal misalignments, specifically subluxations near the brain stem, can cause stress and anxiety. This is known as C1 misalignment anxiety, and it’s brought on by injury and undue stress to the C1 vertebrae. C1 misalignment anxiety happens because of pressure, tension, and irritation at the brain stem.
This misalignment causes an improper balance of the spine, which leads to intense feelings of stress and anxiety. If you’re feeling overly stressed and anxious because of your C1 misalignment then schedule a consultation with us right away, Dr. Flory will help to diagnose and correct any anxiety from the misalignments you’re experiencing.
The C1 and C2 Vertebrae Spinal Segments
So the C1 and C2 vertebrae are the top two vertebrae located at the very top of your spine.
Degenerative conditions and trauma can cause the C1 vertebrae to weaken over time, even though it’s ordinarily sturdy and resilient.
These two cervical joints provide the head with the most rotational range of any other cervical joint. Common C1-C2 Problems:
• Anxiety. C1 vertebrae misalignments can cause anxiety in With a proper realignment, hormones, and patients will experience a relief in stress and anxiety.
• Arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis and spinal arthritis syndromes are common forms of arthritis in the C1-C2 joint. Degenerative conditions and bone spurs can compress the spinal cord over time. Since the C1-C2 joint is subject to so much motion, it makes arthritis in these joints more common.
• Vertebrae Fractures. C1-C2 vertebrae fractures usually happen at the same time. Some of the most common accidents that result in this type of vertebral fracture are shallow water diving, generally falls, vehicular accidents, hitting anything against the forehead, or chin.
• Vertebral artery injury. Any severe damage to the vertebral artery can lead to harsh and unfavorable neurological conditions. Because of its location, substantial injuries to the vertebral artery move up and into the brain, causing residual effects.
• Crowned dens syndrome. Crowned dens syndrome occurs when varying amounts of calcium get deposited on the C1-C2 joints. Over time the calcium leads to reduced mobility, irritation, and inflammation.
C1 Misalignment Symptoms
C1 misalignment anxiety is a common occurrence, especially in patients who have experienced extensive misalignments previously. C1 misalignment pain feels like:
• Shooting pain up felt up the spine and parts of the head
• Excessive pain around or behind the eyes and ears
• Numbness or a strange feeling on one side of the tongue. It’s commonly referred to as “neck-tongue syndrome,” and this particular pain can lead to excessive head and neck pain.
• Light sensitivity
• General fatigue, dizziness, or nausea
So keep in mind that when you’re lying down, C1 nerve injuries can become irritated. This means that your C1 misalignment anxiety may be most significant at night when your symptoms are causing disturbed sleep.
Nonsurgical Treatment for C1-C2
If you’re suffering from undiagnosed C1 misalignment, and not just C1 misalignment anxiety, then there are several nonsurgical treatment options for your condition.
• Chiropractic NUCCA. NUCCA is a non-intrusive and gentle correction of the cervical spine using a series of laser-precise chiropractic NUCCA adjustments. Chiropractic NUCCA treatments are an excellent nonsurgical solution for easing C1 pain. Keep in mind, more severe irritation of the C1 can require surgical procedures.
• Medication. Over the counter medicine like anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to relieve pain from the injury. Prescription opioid medication can be useful in short spans of time when severe irritation and pain occurs.
• Neck Braces. Rigid neck braces will immobilize the region, and promote healing in the C1-C2 vertebrae. Neck braces will treat fractures and severe dislocations of the C1-C2 vertebrae. The neck brace stops most of the movement in your neck, helps maintain the proper alignment of the neck and head, significantly reducing irritation of the injured vertebrae.
• Physical therapy. The damaged vertebrae improve with posture work, and physical therapy can also strengthen muscles around the C1-C2 vertebrae. The job done through physical therapy will improve a patient’s neck and head balance and significantly reduce the risk of an accidental fall due to imbalance.
• Pain Reducing Injections. There are anti-inflammatory injections and pain-reducing medications received by those with C1-C2 injuries.
As you can see, there are several nonsurgical treatment options for C1 misalignments, so let’s move on to some surgical treatment options for more severe injuries of the C1 vertebrae.
Surgical Treatment Options for C1-C2
C1-C2 vertebrae surgeries are necessary for these types of serious spinal injuries:
• If the ligament that holds the C1 and C2 vertebrae together, the transverse ligament, if it’s every torn this injury can cause severe issues in the C1-C2 joint.
• A chunk or piece of bone breaks off and continues to irritate nearby ligaments, this type of breakage can lead to an avulsion fracture.
• Stenosis of the C1 damages the surrounding spinal nerves and blood vessels.
Surgical corrections are only necessary for the most serious cases of C1 misalignment. The NUCCA chiropractic method treat C1 misalignment anxiety. By doing a series of gentle corrections, Dr. Flory can help you relieve stress and manage your current anxiety issues.
Dr. Tymothy L. Flory graduated from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri. Before opening Atlas Brain Spine, Dr. Flory practiced Upper Cervical Chiropractic in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Flory completed Board Certification of the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association in 2012 and is currently a Credentialed Instructor for the organization.