Hi, I'm Dr. Ray Drury with the Upper Cervical Spine Center. If you've ever been involved in an automobile accident, front-end, rear-end, T-bone, any type of collision with a motor vehicle, I want to express to you how important it is that you get your nerve system, specifically the upper part of your neck, checked out. I would say, 90% of my patients that come to me over the last 26 years have come in as a result of some sort of trauma, like a motor vehicle accident, that happened weeks, months, even many years later before.
What happens is, a typical auto accident there's whiplash-type movement where your body stops and your head keeps going or your head stops and your body keeps going. What happens is the bones in the upper part of the neck where the head sits on top of. That head weighs 10 to 12 pounds. So when that force hits, of course, that head's going to swing back and forth. Well right underneath the head is the top two bones in the neck, the most freely movable bones in your entire body. So that whiplash force takes that big heavy head and pulls on those bones forwards or backward, or can actually even misalign the head relative to those top two bones. Well, what's important about that area is that's where the brainstem comes out. So the brain's, obviously, inside the skull. The bottom of the brain, the brain stem, extends down to the first two bones then becomes spinal cord the rest of the way down.
The brain stem is so important. It sends the messages from your brain to every part of your body. To your heart, your liver, your lungs, your kidneys, your arms, your legs, every message. Even up into the head, face and neck. Your hearing, your taste, your smell, your vision, all comes through that brain stem. So if one of the bones got misaligned in the upper part of the neck creating pressure on the nerve system, kind of like stepping on a garden hose, you're going to diminish the normal message from the brain to any one or multiple parts of the body. Over time, those parts of the body start to not work the way they're intended to work. It could be affecting the stomach so your digestion doesn't work as it should, or the lower digestion doesn't move like it's supposed to. It can affect your blood pressure, it can affect your heart rate, it can affect how well you sleep, it can affect your energy levels. It can affect every part of your entire body because all the messages from the brain to the body go through those top two bones.
Let's go back to the accident, okay? The accident happens. Typically, at first, you'll feel maybe a little bit of soreness, maybe some aches and pain, okay? So that's the muscles that have been stretched or pulled. And as the bones move out of position, the ligaments, the tendons, they all go with it. So they get sore, they get inflamed, they get irritated. So typically, you go to the medical doctor, maybe the hospital, and typical treatment is muscle relaxers and pain pills. So the muscle relaxers make the muscles relax so they're not so tense, and the pain pills cover up the symptoms while the muscles and ligaments and tendons heal. But they heal, now the bone's out of position. Muscles and ligaments are what react. Muscles and ligaments heal, but the most bone's still out of position. So it's going to do two things. One, it's going to interfere with the messages from your brain to your body, as we've suggested. It's also going to now throw the brain, the head, out of balance.
How does the body respond to that? Well, let's say for me, the bone went to the right and it took my head that way. Well, the brain doesn't work when it's off level. So what the brain will do is force your body to compensate to level the brain. It can cause you to drop one shoulder, pull up one hip, forces your body to compensate for creating now new weaknesses that over time can turn into neck pain, upper back, shoulder pain. It can affect your lower back. It can affect the disks that come out so that it can cause pain down the leg. So you can have musculoskeletal aches and pains now from an accident that happened possibly years ago. So if you've ever been in some sort of a motor vehicle accident or some sort of trauma that caused your body to stop and your head to keep going, or your head to stop and your body to keep going, please find an upper cervical chiropractor near you. Get checked to see if maybe that accident from sometime in your past is what's now created the health problems that you currently have.
In Charlotte, we're the upper cervical doctor for you. Pineville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Belmont, Gastonia, Lake Norman, Lake Wylie, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, we're the upper cervical doctor for you. Give our office a call. Matter of fact, we never charge for the initial consultation to see what your needs are. If we do find that you have a problem in the upper part of your neck that we think we can help you with it, we'll explain to you what we need to do from thereon. If we don't, then we'll be happy to try to find another specialist that we believe can help you.
So if you've been in a car wreck and some sort of automotive or have had any sort of trauma to the head, neck or back, get checked. Call our office today, (704) 588-5560. Just tell the girls you saw a video Dr. Drury did, and we'll be happy to get you in to find out what exactly is the source of your aches and pains and what we can or cannot do to help you. I hope this video helps you. If it did, please share it. I hope you have a great afternoon, we look forward to meeting you.