Lupus is defined as an autoimmune disease, which is a process in which the body’s immune system starts to recognize its own tissue as a threat. As this non-recognition process evolves, the body starts to destroy its own tissues. The blood test for lupus is basically an inflammatory indicator, as one of the markers on the test is "ANA positive." Lupus and other autoimmune diseases alike have an ANA positive test. There are many reasons for inflammation in the body, all of which are indicators that something in the system is not functioning properly. Instead of treating the effect, inflammation, our goal as Blair Upper Cervical chiropractors is to get underneath the symptoms and locate areas of disturbances to the nervous system that are CAUSING the system to malfunction.
Correction of the upper cervical region (top bones in the neck) can have significant positive effects on lupus sufferers. When the upper cervical region has been traumatized, and its joint stability has been altered from damaged ligaments, this causes interference to the master control system in the body (the nervous system). Dorland’s medical dictionary states that the nervous system’s job is to control and coordinate all organ systems. Therefore, this area should be the first area in the body that is checked to determine whether or not there is interference to the nervous system altering the normal function. Interference to function leads to decreased health.
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"It’s a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching: researchers at the School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. “I really did not believe there were structures in the body that we were not aware of. I thought the body was mapped,” said Jonathan Kipnis, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience and director of the University’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia. How these vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own.(1)
What are the implications of this new finding? It gives a logical explanation for how corrections in the upper cervical spine can influence autoimmunity! If the central nervous system is interfered with at the brain-stem level, it can have aberrant effects of the immune system. Since the brain and nerve system controls the immune system, the loss of control can be one of the underlying reasons the immune system goes into disarray with autoimmune conditions.
Blair Upper Cervical Doctors are trained to locate, and correct subluxations (spinal misalignments in the neck that interfere with the bodies function). Neurological tests are performed that determine whether or not the patient has an upper neck subluxation. Once it is determined that a subluxation exists, then a precise set of x-rays are taken to determine how your atlas (c-1) or axis (c-2) has misaligned at the joint. Since the bones in the spine meet at joint surfaces and these joint surfaces are mirror images of one another, the doctor can determine exactly what direction the joint has misaligned. After this information is determined a precise gentle correction is made to restore normal joint and neurological function. Each week that passes with the adjustment holding, allows more time for healing. To learn more about the procedure you can click this link.
We hope that this article has been of help to those searching for answers. The days of "it’s an autoimmune disease and you will just have to learn to live with it" are wearing thin on those who hear it. There is a movement out there that is based on the idea that for every effect there is a cause, and treating the effect never gets to the cause. Be proactive with your health. Have faith in nature and its ability to restore yourself to health. You must find the underlying causes and then act.
The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. These vertebrae can misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brainstem and spinal cord as they exit through the floor of the skull into the neural canal.