It happens that a person can feel pain in the neck on the left and in the lower back on the left as well. And even in some cases, several pains can appear on the same side: pain in the right leg, right hip, right lower back, right hand, right shoulder and right neck pain.

Very often, from a medical point of view, all these pains are treated separately, a different treatment for each problem. But, the fact remains that these problems could all be interconnected.

In practice, we observe many patients who demonstrate several different types of pain, but all on the same side of the body. And when we assess the imbalance of these patients, certain characteristics resemble each other.

Then, when the imbalance of these patients is corrected, there seems to be a great improvement in the majority of these patients who show pain on the same side.

So, what is the link between this imbalance and pain on the same side?

In fact, the nervous system in the upper cervical region, at the level of the atlas and the axis, contains a very important part of your brain, the medulla oblongata. This part of the central nervous system contains the control of vital functions among others (blood pressure, heart and respiratory rate, digestion, etc.), as well as the control of postural muscles.

If an asymmetrical pressure on the medulla oblongata is caused by the misalignment of the atlas, head and neck, the postural muscles will no longer contract symmetrically.

Another hypothesis could also come from the fact that the decussation of the pyramids is at the level of the medulla oblongata. You've probably heard that the left part of your brain controls the right part of your body and vice versa.

If an asymmetrical pressure is created on the decussation, the crossing of the nerve fibers that control your posture, an entire side of your body could be affected.

Clinically, we were able to establish a link between unilateral pain, pain that presents on only one side of the body, and the misalignment of the atlas, head and neck.

By correcting this misalignment, which we call atlas subluxation or upper cervical subluxation, we can see a decrease in unilateral pain symptoms.

If you suffer from this kind of pain, it is very likely that you have a misalignment in the upper cervical vertebrae. We invite you to visit our website and make an appointment for an examination at our clinic so that we can tell you if we can help you.