Thank you. This is terrific, hopeful news... no adverse reactions and possible improvement in joint alignment. I think I should have the adjustment asap, especially before I travel for my spinal consultation for removal of the bone spurs which will allow the surgeon to get images, such as MRI or X-ray, with my Atlas and Axis properly aligned with my head on straight; and the sooner my CSF starts flowing more properly, the better. I plan to discuss my AO chiro treatment with him and ask about upright MRI if he wants new images. How would you describe the possible impacts of a 1/2" difference in leg length in my case, i.e., is the 1/2" a mild, moderate, or severe difference, or some other descriptor(s)?uprightdoc wrote:Hello Poet,
Upper cervical adjustments, especially the AO type will not cause an adverse reaction due to the spurs in the lower cervical spine. If any thing it will improve joint alignment and function and thus reduce the negative impact of the spurs.
So the atlas can be malrotated left or right (with chin pointed left or right), and/or the head can be rolled backward or forward (with chin pointed up or down), and/or the head can be be tilted left or right (with one ear higher than the other)? Does this explanation make sense? I'm trying to visualize a thought experiment in 3D of the head, Atlas and Axis and the possible misalignments. To some extent, I understand how AO chiro works, but I wish I understood it better and how just one pressure wave can correct all those misalignments simultaneously. Took me awhile to work through your reply which helped me see things more clearly. The more I learn, the more I realize I need to learn... never stops. Thank you for your clear explanations.uprightdoc wrote:The standard current brain and cervical MRI scans aren't specific for examination of the upper cervical spine, especially alignment. As you know, Dr. Rosa uses special coils that are placed around the neck like a cervical collar. He also uses different plane lines for scanning his selected regions of interest that focus on the structural elements of the upper cervical spine. He further uses an axial view as well. An axial view of the upper cervical spine is similar to what chiropractors call a base posterior or vertex view. It is basically a top down or bottom up type view. The upright upper cervical axial view is much better for visualizing malrotation of the upper cervical spine, including counter rotation of C1 on C2. Open mouth odontoids are old school (my school). The problem with x-rays taken through the mouth is that opening the mouth is like putting a splint in the jaw. It causes the skull to roll back on the atlas, which changes its neutral alignment. It isn't great for viewing atlas either. It is better for axis. Instead, AO and NUCCA use nasium views to check upper and lower cervical angles and atlas laterality.
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