Spinal manipulation of the cervical area is very common using high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust. A long or short lever arm maybe used depending on intended target and desired outcome. The cervical area, also known as the arc of life, is very important for maintaining good general health as many very important nerves travel through the cervical spine.
These include the master switch for the nervous system, the ears, eyes, nose, mouth, arms, legs, breathings system, balance and coordination to name but a few. Imbalances in the cervical curve can cause an anterior head tilt which may lead to tension headaches, difficulty breathing, neck pain, swaying, jaw pain and discomfort and disruption of the nerve flow which can cause loss of concentration and memory.
Cervical adjustments can be performed in a variety of ways; laying down, sitting up, face down, or face up. A skilled chiropractor will carefully palpate the area to detect the imbalance and review that in conjunction with the nerve scans and x-rays if available. Adjustments may be performed using direct thrust and the drop benches. The activator maybe used as well to fine-tune in cases of higher sensitivity.