If you’re suffering lingering pain from a physical trauma such as a fall or car accident, you may have come across the term “brain stem specialist” in your search for a solution. Many people claim chiropractic treatments eliminated their pain problems, but there are also a number of scary stories of incompetence floating around. Given the potential for both good and bad, it’s well worth it to investigate the treatment options a brain stem specialist can offer.
What is brain stem specialist?
A brain stem specialist, more properly called a “specific chiropractor” is a specialist in treating the upper cervical area, the C1 and C2 segments of the spine. These are the bones directly under the head. These two bones house the medulla oblongata, the lowest part of the brain stem, which is the master control center of the entire nervous system. A brain stem specialist is trained in examining and assessing this part of the nervous system and correcting any problems that may occur there. Because brain stem specialists work with the “control center” of the nervous system, they can provide treatments that affect the entire spine. This means a brain stem specialist can treat a wider range of spine-related conditions than a general chiropractor can.
Brain stem problems
Proven by Austin spine Dr. Dryer, one of the primary conditions a brain stem specialist treats is subluxation or misalignment of the top two bones in the neck (C1 and C2). Misalignment of these bones can be caused by physical trauma such as a car or sports accident, a fall or even childbirth. The reason it can occur relatively easily-compared to, say, a broken bone-is because these two spinal column bones are held in place only by muscles and ligaments. They don’t lock as other vertebrae do.
The upper part of the spinal column is meant to protect the brain stem and related nerves. When this part of the spinal column is moved out of place, it not only can’t properly protect the brain stem, it can actually damage it. By placing pressure on the brain stem, the misaligned spinal column hampers normal nervous system function and causes problems like pain and movement difficulty throughout the body.
How a brain stem specialist can help
Unfortunately, you can’t tell if you have a subluxation (misalignment) just by feeling your spine. There’s no pain associated with the condition, either, because the brain stem itself can’t feel pain. You won’t even have a stiff neck. To determine whether or not you have a subluxation, the brain stem specialist will use x-rays and a Thermoscribe, both of which are non-invasive and painless. There are over 200 ways in which the upper cervical area can be misaligned, so precise use of these diagnostic techniques is essential in determining how to correct the misalignment.
The good news is if you do have a subluxation, it can be corrected by manual manipulation of the spine (something similar to a massage). In fact, the word “chiropractic” is derived from the Greek word chiropraktikos and means “done by hand.” By their very definition, chiropractors treat medical conditions not with surgery or drugs, but by hand adjusting whichever part of the musculoskeletal system is causing the problem.
Naturally, adjusting the spine around the brain stem area is not something to be done casually. If you’re considering visiting a brain stem specialist, it’s critical to find one who truly is a specialist in this area, not just a general chiropractor. Look for a specialist who’s certified as a “specific chiropractor.”
If you’ve been having lingering health problems that you suspect are connected with physical trauma, consider consulting with a brain stem specialist. Spinal column misalignment can be corrected, but the longer you wait, the higher your risk for problems like pain, vertigo, and restricted range of movement.