Chiropractor Marietta: Upper Cervical Care & Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea (SA) is a condition where there are multiple pauses in breathing typically during long-periods of rest or sleep. As you can guess, absent continuous flow of oxygen becomes dangerous for the brain and other vital organs. SA is one of the most common health conditions that could lead to serious consequences. 3 Types Of Sleep Apnea There are three types of SA. They are: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), and Mixed Sleep Apnea (MSA). Below, we will explain a little about each one.

  • OSA – Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the back of the throat has become blocked. This can causes temporary breaks in oxygen flow.
  • CSA – Central sleep apnea occurs when there is a Central Nervous System, brain, miscommunication with the rest of the body. Faulty signals can lead to irregular breathing patterns governed by the brainstem and abnormal muscle firing patterns. This type of sleep apnea often requires help from a Neurologist, Sleep Apnea practitioner, and an Upper Cervical Chiropractor.
  • MSA – Mixed sleep apnea is the combination of OSA and CSA.

How Common Is SA?

SA can often go misdiagnosed. There are millions of men and women who snore throughout the night as well. However, it is important to remember that snoring is not normal. It is common amongst people, but it is nevertheless a form/version of SA. SA occurs in about 2-9% of people, according to the Sleep Foundation. It is said to affect men more than women and the age range varies.

What Are The Secondary Conditions Of Sleep Apnea?

Some secondary conditions or symptoms of SA include: irritability in the morning, drowsiness, daytime sleepiness due to broken sleep, fatigue, dry mouth, and morning headaches.

How Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Help?

Upper Cervical chiropractic care offers plenty of help in regards to optimizing health. Upper Cervical care relates to SA in regards to the structure of the upper neck. The pharynx portion of the facial region is directly in front of the upper cervical spine. When there is a spinal misalignment or subluxation, this can narrow the pharynx-larynx region responsible for a thorough airway. The upper cervical spine is also responsible for neurological function too. Because the brainstem sits slightly above the C1 or Atlas vertebrae, a subluxation here can cause the brainstem to send irregular nerve communication signals to the body. Additionally, it could cause the structure of the spine to bend forward over time (structural distortion), narrowing the airway. Upper Cervical chiropractic care is a proven, safe, and gentle procedure for patients of all ages.

To learn more, please contact our Marietta chiropractic office by scheduling a consultation.

Dr. Milan Modi

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