Skull Meets Neck – The Main On/Off Switch

The bottom of the skull rests on the top of spine. When lined up, the bottom opening of the skull lines up with the center of the spinal column. Nerves from the brain continue unimpeded into the spinal column and become spinal nerves.

This is a critical zone. The importance of this joint cannot be overstated. Nerves at that junction affect everything below.

When aligned, sensory messages travel to the brain, and clear motor messages travel to the muscles. Performance at a high level is available. Sight, sound, smell, arms, legs and touch operate together without conflict. A high level of awareness develops. Others might say, “he has his head on straight”.

When mis-aligned, nerves passing through the joint are squeezed. Nerves don’t like that. Pressure prevents them from conducting signals. Long term pressure causes atrophy. Sensory messages become blurred. So, do motor messages. Reactions lose the clear communications that they need. Legs become weak.

Mis-alignment takes several forms. The head might be tilted to the right or left. Or, the head might be twisted, relative to the spine. But the most common mis-alignment is the head-forward position, where the head lies in front of the body’s center line. Most observers can recognize this. The jaw sticks out, and a pinch point is apparent at the back. That pinch point is a major problem.

Without intervention, the head-forward condition will likely get worse. The neck is forced to hold the weight of a bowling ball in an unbalance position, and gravity works 24 hours per day. Gradually, the neck will lose the battle. As the head drifts further forward, the possibility of a nursing home gets closer.

To change this, revise the mind’s internal picture. Recognize that the chest, neck and head operate as a complex. Allow the chest to rise in front and encourage the neck to comfortably rest back. Encourage arm and chest muscles to relax. Let the scapula drop down. That makes room for the head to balance. The pinch point in back lessens as eyes look toward the horizon. The neck and head (viewed from the side) begin to resemble a question mark. Get prepared to feel a lot better.

Because this junction is elevated, it is often the last body part to achieve balance. Imbalances below are compensated above, finally ending up at this junction. A reasonable suggestion is to work on the lower body simultaneously with the neck/skull junction. In a play on works, “the head and neck must be under-stood”.

Alexander and Structural Integration practitioners focus on this joint.

Keep your brain connected to the rest of the body.


Jack Menear