How Lower Back Pain is Connected to Neck Alignment

It may sound strange that lower back pain can actually be connected to a problem in the neck. How is this the case? Let’s take a closer look at how the body works as a unit and understand how this can be possible. If you have pain at some location in your body, it is important to realize that the origin of the pain may be somewhere else entirely, as is true with lower back pain. If a misalignment is present in one of the bones of the upper neck vertebrae (the upper cervical spine) it can negatively affect the entire spine, especially the lower back.

When the C1 or C2 vertebra is misaligned, the bones, tissues, and muscles often shift to compensate. Even a tiny misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter can cause the head to become unbalanced. This causes the body to initiate what is called righting reflex. The purpose of this is to keep the eyes level with the horizon line. As the body shifts to adjust to the new head position, the spine is also adjusting and moving, causing issues with the ears, body balance, and numerous other problems, including low back pain.

Here are some facts about what happens in the body when the neck bones are misaligned.

  • The brainstem is the communication highway between the brain and body. If it is stressed due to a misalignment, it can send improper signals.

  • Pressure sensors in the upper neck are held back from sending messages to the brain.

  • Balance problems ensue as the brainstem does not relay proper signals from the ears.

  • Cerebrospinal fluid flow and blood flow are hindered because of the stress on the brainstem

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Lower Back Pain

Just as a problem can originate in the upper neck and cause lower back pain, a solution can come from adjusting the misaligned bones in the upper neck as well. Here at Balanced Atlas & Migraine Center in Littleton, Colorado, we use a gentle method to correct any misalignments present, resulting in less back pain for most of our patients.

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Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Science

Licensed Doctor of Chiropractic in the state of Colorado

Board Certified in Atlas Orthogonal

Dr. Lindsay Saggau DC,BCAO