Perhaps there is a build up of bacteria or a hormone imbalance but why is there a hormone imbalance and what is causing that imbalance? Why can’t the body regulate itself? Why can’t the body fight off the bacteria or nourish the hair follicle to allow for natural hair growth? These are the questions we should be asking before supplementing with temporary solutions.
We have often heard that hair loss and chronic acne are genetic. Seeing generations of men and women in the same family with the same problem tends to solidify the notion that there is little that can be done. However, if we dig deeper perhaps there is an underlying cause aside from genetics causing these issues.
It is not often that we draw parallels between migraines, hair loss and acne. To understand this symptomatic correlation we must begin by understanding the applied anatomy of the head, neck and chest
Any misalignment from the head down to the chest can result in increased pressure on the carotid arties which supply blood to the head or vertebral and jugular veins which drain blood from the head. Furthermore, nerves that supply tissues in the head and neck would also be affected by a misalignment and would further alter adequate blood supply and drainage.
Every cell in our body requires a fresh supply of oxygenated blood and continuous waste removal through an uobstructed vascular system. When blood cannot properly nourish a cell, or when blood containing cell waste cannot leave an area at an adequate rate, symptoms such as hair loss due to malnutrition or acne due to lack of drainage can occur. Furthermore, pressure begins to increase in the head that can result in headaches and even chronic migraines.
If we look at the structure of the junction point between the cranium and the neck, we will begin to understand this neurovascular flow. In Marion Clarke’s Applied Anatomy, he explains “for an object to be well supported there must be little motion between the object supported and the object supporting. This is especially true of the occiput (base of the cranium) and first two cervical vertebrae.” –Marion Clarke ‘Applied Anatomy’ Pg. 17
Due to the structure of the first and second cervical vertebrae, very little muscular effort is required to keep the head balanced, however, according to Clarke, if a subluxation occurs within the first two cervical vertebrae, more muscular effort is required to keep the head in a neutral position. If muscle tension builds asymmetrically then further misalignment within the structure will occur.
How would a misalignment in the neck cause a migraine, hair loss or result in acne?
The major vessels that supply fresh oxygenated blood to the head and scalp traverse through the neck alongside the cervical vertebrae, muscles and ligaments. When there are misalignments in the cervical vertebrae from asymmetrical muscle tension or other soft tissue restrictions, the neurovascular bundles traversing through the neck become restricted causing pressure changes, malnutrition to the hair follicles, build up of fluid causing irritation on the nerves, headaches, and so on. Furthermore, blood/nerve supply and vascular drainage of the glands, such as the thyroid and pituitary, would be affected and would change hormone output. See how a hormone supplement may not be the answer?
So how do these misalignments in the neck, head and upper thoracic happen?
In Applied Anatomy, Clarke explains how many of the cases characterized by a constant nodding movement of the head are due to some affection of either the joint itself or the mechanism moving the joint so that the muscles are constantly drawing the head out of balance. The head is drawn too far forward or backward in the attempts of the cervical muscles trying to keep it poised.
Postural problems, repetitive movements, work related strain, injuries to the neck, upper back and head and impact sports can all contribute to migraines, acne and hair loss. The problem in the neck could actually be a result of misalignment in the lumbar or hip. To treat this problem, realignment and drainage of the neck and head would be a high priority with extra attention paid to the articulation of the cervical and superior thoracic aperture. Blood and nerve supply to the entire nervous system must be free and unobstructed to experience optimal health.